Major Colleges in US With Lowest Acceptance Rates

A College that receives a higher number of applicants may reduce your admission success. (The following acceptance rates are based on admission numbers from 2021, but likely hold today.)

College acceptance rates generally decrease for higher ranked institutions. See Top Twenty Colleges in the World here. Additionally, Acceptance rates may be lower for colleges in population centers.

Note: There are colleges in the top fifty (Tier One Colleges) with acceptance rates >40%.

California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA4%
Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA4%
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MA4%
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ4%
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA4%
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT5%
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI6%
Columbia UniversityNew York, NY6%
Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH6%
Duke UniversityDurham, NC6%
University of ChicagoChicago, IL6%
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA6%
Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL7%
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN7%
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD8%
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY9%
Rice UniversityHouston, TX9%
Tufts UniversityMedford, MA11%
University of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA11%
Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA13%
New York UniversityNew York, NY13%
University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA13%
Washington University in St. LouisSt. Louis, MO13%
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA14%
University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley, CA15%
University of Notre DameNotre Dame, IN15%
Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GA18%
Northeastern UniversityBoston, MA18%
Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MA19%
Boston UniversityBoston, MA19%
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC19%
University of Michigan–Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MI20%
University of VirginiaCharlottesville, VA21%
University of MiamiCoral Gables, FL28%
University of California, IrvineIrvine, CA29%
University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA29%
University of Texas at AustinAustin, TX29%
Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, OH30%
University of FloridaGainesville, FL30%


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