Illinois Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Illinois for 2020

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in Illinois. The list is ranked by acceptance rate, lowest to highest and limited to schools which reject at least half of all applicants. Leading the list is University of Chicago which sent acceptance letters to only 7% of the 32,283 students who applied and rejected 93%.

Not all schools on the most selective list are overly academically challenging. Some schools with less rigorous test and high school GPA requirements may receive a large numbers of qualified applicants and the school does not have space to admit them all.

If you're looking for challenging colleges, you can also explore rankings of Illinois colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.

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    • SAT Range 1470/1570
    • ACT Range 33/35
    • Average HS GPA 4.0
    • Students: 17,002
    • Tuition:$58,230
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 7%
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    University of Chicago

    • SAT Range 1430/1550
    • ACT Range 33/35
    • Average HS GPA 3.92*
    • Students: 22,127
    • Tuition:$54,568
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 8%
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    Northwestern University

    • SAT Range 900/1020
    • ACT Range 16/20
    • Average HS GPA 2.98*
    • Students: 2,964
    • Tuition:$10,163
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 33%
    • SAT Range N/A
    • ACT Range 16/22
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 692
    • Tuition:$20,750
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • SAT Range 950/1170
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.16
    • Students: 2,900
    • Tuition:$29,860
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
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    North Park University

    • SAT Range 1030/1190
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.43
    • Students: 3,927
    • Tuition:$32,320
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    • SAT Range 920/1150
    • ACT Range 18/24
    • Average HS GPA 3.38
    • Students: 1,132
    • Tuition:$27,130
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 48%
    • SAT Range 990/1190
    • ACT Range 19/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.1
    • Students: 1,203
    • Tuition:$30,930
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 49%