Colleges Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in for 2018

These are the most selective colleges in . We've ranked the schools which reject over fifty percent of applicants by rate of acceptance. Leading the list is University of Chicago which sent acceptance letters to only 8% of the 31,484 students who applied and rejected 92%. 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
Rank College Percent Admitted Academic Difficulty
1 University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
31,484 Applicants
8% Very Hard  Chance
2 Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
35,100 Applicants
11% Very Hard  Chance
3 Robert Morris University Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
2,732 Applicants
23% N/A  Chance
4 Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Illinois
8,420 Applicants
47% Avg-  Chance
5 University of St Francis
Joliet, Illinois
1,560 Applicants
49% Avg+  Chance