United States Private Colleges Ranked by Lowest Acceptance Rate

List of Private Colleges by Acceptance Rate

List of Private Colleges by Acceptance Rate

Below is a ranking of the 1321 private colleges in the United States with the lowest acceptance rate for freshman undergraduate applications. Stanford University leads the list by accepting 4% of high school students that applied.

Data is reported for the 2017/18 academic year by the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics.

List of United States Private Colleges Ranked by Lowest Acceptance Rate
College Acceptance Rate
S

Stanford, CA

4%
H

Cambridge, MA

5%
P

Princeton, NJ

5%
Y

New Haven, CT

6%
C

New York, NY

6%
C

Pasadena, CA

7%
C

Chicago, IL

7%
M

Cambridge, MA

7%
P

Claremont, CA

8%
N

Evanston, IL

8%
J

New York, NY

8%
P

Philadelphia, PA

8%
B

Providence, RI

8%
C

Claremont, CA

9%
D

Hanover, NH

9%
D

Durham, NC

9%
S

Swarthmore, PA

9%
B

Brunswick, ME

10%
V

Nashville, TN

10%
J

Baltimore, MD

11%