massachusetts Colleges Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in massachusetts for 2019

These are the most selective colleges in massachusetts. 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 massachusetts
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 Wellesley College
Wellesley, Massachusetts
5,666 Applicants
22% Very Hard  Chance
8 Babson College
Wellesley, Massachusetts
7,122 Applicants
24% Very Hard  Chance
9 Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts
60,825 Applicants
25% Very Hard  Chance
10 Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
54,209 Applicants
27% Very Hard  Chance
11 Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
28,454 Applicants
32% Very Hard  Chance
12 Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
5,432 Applicants
32% N/A  Chance
13 The New England Conservatory of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
1,216 Applicants
33% N/A  Chance
14 Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts
11,721 Applicants
34% Very Hard  Chance
15 College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts
6,622 Applicants
40% N/A  Chance
16 Bentley University
Waltham, Massachusetts
8,867 Applicants
44% Very Hard  Chance
17 The Boston Conservatory
Boston, Massachusetts
1,215 Applicants
46% N/A  Chance
18 Emerson College
Boston, Massachusetts
10,360 Applicants
46% Hard  Chance
19 Wheaton College
Norton, Massachusetts
6,089 Applicants
48% Hard  Chance
20 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
10,331 Applicants
48% N/A  Chance