Massachusetts Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Massachusetts for 2020

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in Massachusetts. 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 Harvard University which sent acceptance letters to only 5% of the 42,749 students who applied and rejected 95%.

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 Massachusetts colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.


23 results found

Harvard University
H
Cambridge, MA

Private 4 Year

5% acceptance rate

  • 31,566enrollment
  • $17,030net price
  • $50,420tuition
  • 1460-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.04Avg GPA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M
Cambridge, MA

Private 4 Year

7% acceptance rate

  • 11,574enrollment
  • $22,230net price
  • $51,832tuition
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA
Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA

Private 4 Year

13% acceptance rate

  • 1,855enrollment
  • $19,519net price
  • $56,426tuition
  • 1330-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Williams College
W
Williamstown, MA

Private 4 Year

13% acceptance rate

  • 2,149enrollment
  • $20,380net price
  • $55,450tuition
  • 1410-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
Tufts University
T
Medford, MA

Private 4 Year

15% acceptance rate

  • 11,586enrollment
  • $29,449net price
  • $56,382tuition
  • 1380-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Olin College of Engineering
O
Needham, MA

Private 4 Year

16% acceptance rate

  • 390enrollment
  • $35,240net price
  • $53,736tuition
  • 1460-1550SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Laboure College
L
Boston, MA
 

Private 4 Year

18% acceptance rate

  • 845enrollment
  • -net price
  • $36,962tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Northeastern University
N
Boston, MA

Private 4 Year

19% acceptance rate

  • 21,627enrollment
  • $30,784net price
  • $51,522tuition
  • 1360-1540SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA

Private 4 Year

20% acceptance rate

  • 2,534enrollment
  • $20,189net price
  • $53,732tuition
  • 1330-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
Boston University
B
Boston, MA

Private 4 Year

22% acceptance rate

  • 34,657enrollment
  • $33,728net price
  • $53,948tuition
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Babson College
B
Wellesley, MA

Private 4 Year

24% acceptance rate

  • 3,357enrollment
  • $29,847net price
  • $51,104tuition
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Boston College
B
Chestnut Hill, MA

Private 4 Year

28% acceptance rate

  • 14,720enrollment
  • $27,299net price
  • $55,464tuition
  • 1320-1490SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA

Private 4 Year

31% acceptance rate

  • 5,800enrollment
  • $32,714net price
  • $55,395tuition
  • 1280-1500SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA
Smith College
S
Northampton, MA

Private 4 Year

31% acceptance rate

  • 2,903enrollment
  • $26,734net price
  • $52,404tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
Emerson College
E
Boston, MA

Private 4 Year

36% acceptance rate

  • 4,573enrollment
  • $42,070net price
  • $46,852tuition
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
The New England Conservatory of Music
N
Boston, MA
 

Private 4 Year

36% acceptance rate

  • 838enrollment
  • $41,274net price
  • $48,750tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
College of the Holy Cross
t
Worcester, MA

Private 4 Year

38% acceptance rate

  • 2,939enrollment
  • $27,005net price
  • $52,770tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
H
Brookline, MA
 

Private 4 Year

41% acceptance rate

  • 154enrollment
  • $25,246net price
  • $22,490tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA