Colleges Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in for 2019

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 39,506 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
39,506 Applicants
5% Very Hard  Chance
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
20,247 Applicants
7% Very Hard  Chance
3 Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts
9,285 Applicants
13% Very Hard  Chance
4 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, Massachusetts
1,062 Applicants
13% Very Hard  Chance
5 Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts
21,101 Applicants
15% Very Hard  Chance
6 Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts
8,593 Applicants
15% Very Hard  Chance
7 Babson College
Wellesley, Massachusetts
7,122 Applicants
24% Very Hard  Chance
8 Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
60,825 Applicants
25% Very Hard  Chance
9 Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
54,209 Applicants
27% Very Hard  Chance
10 Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
28,454 Applicants
32% Very Hard  Chance
11 The New England Conservatory of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
1,216 Applicants
33% N/A  Chance
12 Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts
11,721 Applicants
34% Very Hard  Chance
13 College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts
6,622 Applicants
40% N/A  Chance
14 Bentley University
Waltham, Massachusetts
8,867 Applicants
44% Very Hard  Chance
15 The Boston Conservatory
Boston, Massachusetts
1,215 Applicants
46% N/A  Chance
16 Emerson College
Boston, Massachusetts
10,360 Applicants
46% Hard  Chance
17 Wheaton College
Norton, Massachusetts
6,089 Applicants
48% Hard  Chance
18 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
10,331 Applicants
48% N/A  Chance