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 Harvard University which sent acceptance letters to only 5% of the 39,041 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
Rank College Percent Admitted Academic Difficulty
1 Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
39,041 Applicants
5% Very Hard  Chance
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
19,020 Applicants
8% Very Hard  Chance
3 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, Massachusetts
1,296 Applicants
10% Very Hard  Chance
4 Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts
8,396 Applicants
14% Very Hard  Chance
5 Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts
20,223 Applicants
14% Very Hard  Chance
6 Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts
6,985 Applicants
18% Very Hard  Chance
7 Babson College
Wellesley, Massachusetts
7,648 Applicants
25% Very Hard  Chance
8 Laboure College
Boston, Massachusetts
86 Applicants
27% N/A  Chance
9 Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
57,441 Applicants
29% Very Hard  Chance
10 Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
51,063 Applicants
29% Very Hard  Chance
11 Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
28,956 Applicants
31% Very Hard  Chance
12 Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts
11,351 Applicants
33% Very Hard  Chance
13 Berklee College of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
9,224 Applicants
34% N/A  Chance
14 The New England Conservatory of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
1,177 Applicants
35% N/A  Chance
15 College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts
6,693 Applicants
38% N/A  Chance
16 Bentley University
Waltham, Massachusetts
8,281 Applicants
46% Hard  Chance
17 The Boston Conservatory
Boston, Massachusetts
1,215 Applicants
46% N/A  Chance
18 Emerson College
Boston, Massachusetts
9,149 Applicants
48% Hard  Chance
19 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
10,468 Applicants
48% N/A  Chance