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california Colleges Hardest to Get Into


Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in california for 2019

These are the most selective colleges in california. We've ranked the schools which reject over fifty percent of applicants by rate of acceptance. Leading the list is Stanford University which sent acceptance letters to only 5% of the 44,073 students who applied and rejected 95%. Interestingly, not all schools on our "most selective" lists are overly academically challenging. Schools with less rigorous standardized test and high school GPA requirements may receive a large numbers of qualified applicants and the school does not have the capacity to potentially enroll.

List of Lowest Acceptance Rate Colleges & Universities in california
Rank College Percent Admitted Academic Difficulty
1 Stanford University
Stanford, California
44,073 Applicants
5% Very Hard  Chance
2 California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California
7,339 Applicants
8% Very Hard  Chance
3 Pomona College
Claremont, California
9,045 Applicants
8% Very Hard  Chance
4 Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, California
6,349 Applicants
10% Very Hard  Chance
5 Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California
4,078 Applicants
15% Very Hard  Chance
6 University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
102,225 Applicants
16% Very Hard  Chance
7 Pitzer College
Claremont, California
3,753 Applicants
16% N/A  Chance
8 University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
56,676 Applicants
16% Very Hard  Chance
9 University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, California
85,044 Applicants
17% Very Hard  Chance
10 California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, California
2,265 Applicants
24% N/A  Chance
11 California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, California
63,048 Applicants
28% Avg+  Chance
12 Hope International University
Fullerton, California
786 Applicants
28% Avg-  Chance
13 University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
81,824 Applicants
33% Very Hard  Chance
14 Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna Beach, California
774 Applicants
33% N/A  Chance
15 Scripps College
Claremont, California
2,841 Applicants
33% Very Hard  Chance
16 University of California San Diego
La Jolla, California
88,446 Applicants
34% Very Hard  Chance
17 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
48,588 Applicants
35% Very Hard  Chance
18 San Diego State University
San Diego, California
60,910 Applicants
35% Hard  Chance
19 University of California Irvine
Irvine, California
85,092 Applicants
37% Hard  Chance
20 Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, California
489 Applicants
37% Very Hard  Chance