United States Public Colleges Ranked by Lowest Acceptance Rate

List of Public Colleges by Acceptance Rate

List of Public Colleges by Acceptance Rate

Below is a ranking of the 1597 public colleges in the United States with the lowest acceptance rate for freshman undergraduate applications. United States Naval Academy leads the list by accepting 9% of high school students that applied.

Data is reported for the 2018/19 academic year by the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics.

List of United States Public Colleges Ranked by Lowest Acceptance Rate
College Acceptance Rate
N

Annapolis, Maryland

9%
A

USAFA, Colorado

11%
A

West Point, New York

11%
C

Los Angeles, CA

14%
C

Berkeley, CA

15%
C

New London, Connecticut

19%
G

Atlanta, GA

22%
C

Bakersfield, CA

23%
M

Ann Arbor, MI

23%
N

Socorro, NM

23%
N

Chapel Hill, NC

23%
V

Charlottesville, VA

26%
C

Irvine, CA

29%
S

Savannah, GA

29%
C

San Luis Obispo, CA

30%
C

La Jolla, CA

30%
S

New Orleans, LA

30%
C

Long Beach, CA

31%
C

Santa Barbara, CA

32%
C

Chicago, IL

33%