Common Question: What Colleges Have The Lowest College Acceptance Rates ?

These are the most selective colleges in the United States. The average selectivity rate—percentage of applicants who are offered admission—at four-year colleges and universities in the United States is around 65 percent. These colleges are far more selective because of the volume of students that apply, and also the specialized nature of some of their programs.

Curtis Institute of Music Acceptance Rate
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4.8%

Stanford University Acceptance Rate
Stanford, California
4.81%

Harvard University Acceptance Rate
Cambridge, Massachusetts
5.4%

Yale University Acceptance Rate
New Haven, Connecticut
6.3%

Columbia University Acceptance Rate
New York City, New York
7%

Alice Lloyd College Acceptance Rate
Pippa Passes, Kentucky
7.1%

Princeton University Acceptance Rate
Princeton, New Jersey
7.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Acceptance Rate
Cambridge, Massachusetts
7.9%

United States Naval Academy Acceptance Rate
Annapolis, Maryland
7.9%

College of the Ozarks Acceptance Rate
Point Lookout, Missouri
8.3%

Juilliard School Acceptance Rate
New York City, New York
8.4%

Brown University Acceptance Rate
Providence, Rhode Island
8.7%

California Institute of Technology Acceptance Rate
Pasadena, California
8.8%

University of Chicago Acceptance Rate
Chicago, Illinois
8.8%

United States Military Academy Acceptance Rate
West Point, New York
9.5%

University of Pennsylvania Acceptance Rate
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10.5%

Claremont McKenna College Acceptance Rate
Claremont, California
10.9%

Duke University Acceptance Rate
Durham, North Carolina
11.5%

Dartmouth College Acceptance Rate
Hanover, New Hampshire
11.5%

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Acceptance Rate
Needham, Massachusetts
12%

Pomona College Acceptance Rate
Claremont, California
12.1%

Pitzer College Acceptance Rate
Claremont, California
13%

Northwestern University Acceptance Rate
Evanston, Illinois
13.2%

Vanderbilt University Acceptance Rate
Nashville, Tennessee
13.1%

Amherst College Acceptance Rate
Amherst, Massachusetts
13.8%

Cornell University Acceptance Rate
Ithaca, New York
14.2%

Harvey Mudd College Acceptance Rate
Claremont, California
14.4%

Bowdoin College Acceptance Rate
Brunswick, Maine
14.9%

Johns Hopkins University Acceptance Rate
Baltimore, Maryland
15%

Cooper Union Acceptance Rate
New York City, New York
15.1%

Rice University Acceptance Rate
Houston, Texas
15.1%

University of California-Berkeley Acceptance Rate
Berkeley, California
16%

Mississippi Valley State University Acceptance Rate
Itta Bena, Mississippi
16.2%

United States Air Force Academy Acceptance Rate
USAF, Colorado
16.6%

Swarthmore College Acceptance Rate
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
17%

Washington University in St. Louis Acceptance Rate
St. Louis, Missouri
17.1%

Middlebury College Acceptance Rate
Middlebury, Vermont
17.3%

Tufts University Acceptance Rate
Medford, Massachusetts
17.3%

Georgetown University Acceptance Rate
Washington, DC
17.4%

Rust College Acceptance Rate
Holly Springs, Mississippi
17.6%

Colorado College Acceptance Rate
Colorado Springs, Colorado
18%

University of Southern California Acceptance Rate
Los Angeles, California
18%

United States Coast Guard Academy Acceptance Rate
New London, Connecticut
18.1%

University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Acceptance Rate
Los Angeles, California
18.5%

Williams College Acceptance Rate
Williamstown, Massachusetts
19.4%

Washington and Lee University Acceptance Rate
Lexington, Virginia
19.6%

Liberty University Acceptance Rate
Lynchburg, Virginia
20.3%

Florida Memorial University Acceptance Rate
Miami, Florida
20.5%

University of Notre Dame Acceptance Rate
Notre Dame, Indiana
21.5%

Davidson College Acceptance Rate
Davidso, North Carolina
21.7%

Missouri Valley College Acceptance Rate
Marshall, Missouri
22.2%

United States Merchant Marine Academy Acceptance Rate
Kings Point, New York
22.4%

Carleton College Acceptance Rate
Northfield, Minnesota
22.8%

Vassar College Acceptance Rate
Poughkeepsie, New York
23.5%

Barnard College Acceptance Rate
New York, New York
23.7%

Wesleyan University Acceptance Rate
Middletown, Connecticut
23.9%

Fort Valley State University Acceptance Rate
Fort Valley, Georgia
24.2%

Art Academy of Cincinnati Acceptance Rate
Cincinnati, Ohio
24.3%

Robert Morris University Acceptance Rate
Chicago, Illinois
24.4%

Carnegie Mellon University Acceptance Rate
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
24.6%

Haverford College Acceptance Rate
Haverford, Pennsylvania
24.7%

Kenyon College Acceptance Rate
Gambier, Ohio
25.1%

Bates College Acceptance Rate
Lewiston, Maine
25.4%

Jackson State University Acceptance Rate
Jackson, Mississippi
26.1%

Colgate University Acceptance Rate
Hamilton, New York
26.1%

Warner University Acceptance Rate
Lake Wales, Florida
26.2%

Babson College Acceptance Rate
Wellesley, Massachusetts
26.4%

Hamilton College Acceptance Rate
Clinton, New York
26.4%

Emory University Acceptance Rate
Atlanta, Georgia
26.8%

Lincoln University Acceptance Rate
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
27.1%

Edward Waters College Acceptance Rate
Jacksonville, Florida
27.3%

Scripps College Acceptance Rate
Claremont, California
27.4%

California Institute of Arts Acceptance Rate
Valencia, California
27.7%

CUNY–Baruch College Acceptance Rate
New York City, New York
28%

Grinnell College Acceptance Rate
Grinnell, Iowa
28%

Tulane University Acceptance Rate
New Orleans, Los Angeles
28%

Colby College Acceptance Rate
Waterville, Maine
28.1%

College of New Rochelle Acceptance Rate
New Rochelle, New York
28.5%

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Acceptance Rate
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
28.5%

CUNY–Lehman College Acceptance Rate
Bronx, New York
29%

University of Virginia Acceptance Rate
Charlottesville, Virginia
29%

Hampton University Acceptance Rate
Hampton, Virginia
29.1%

Lafayette College Acceptance Rate
Easton, Pennsylvania
29.8%

Chicago State University Acceptance Rate
Chicago, Illinois
30%

Calumet College of St. Joseph Acceptance Rate
Whiting, Indiana
30.3%

Wellesley College Acceptance Rate
Wellesley, Massachusetts
30.5%

Bucknell University Acceptance Rate
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
30.7%

California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo Acceptance Rate
San Luis Obispo, California
30.9%

Hope International University Acceptance Rate
Fullerton, California
31%

Wilson College Acceptance Rate
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
31.4%

Southwestern Adventist University Acceptance Rate
Keene, Texas
31.5%

University of Richmond Acceptance Rate
University of Richmond, Virginia
31.9%

Northeastern University Acceptance Rate
Boston, Massachusetts
32%

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Acceptance Rate
Ann Arbor, Michigan
32.3%

Ohio Valley University Acceptance Rate
Vienna, West Virginia
32.5%

Oberlin College Acceptance Rate
Oberlin, Ohio
32.7%

College of William and Mary Acceptance Rate
Williamsburg, Virginia
33%

Trinity College Acceptance Rate
Hartford, Connecticut
33%

Webb Institute Acceptance Rate
Glen Cove, New York
33%