Minnesota Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Minnesota for 2020

These are the most selective colleges in Minnesota. We've ranked the schools which reject over fifty percent of applicants. Leading the list is Carleton College which sent acceptance letters to only 20% of the 7,092 students who applied and rejected 80%. 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 space to admit them all.

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    • SAT Range 1350/1530
    • ACT Range 31/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.9*
    • Students: 2,097
    • Tuition:$54,759
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 20%
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    Carleton College

    • SAT Range 790/1020
    • ACT Range 16/23
    • Average HS GPA 2.76*
    • Students: 98
    • Tuition:$17,314
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 37%
    • SAT Range 1310/1500
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.81*
    • Students: 2,174
    • Tuition:$54,344
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
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    Macalester College

    • SAT Range 1190/1410
    • ACT Range 25/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.62
    • Students: 3,048
    • Tuition:$47,840
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
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    St Olaf College

    • SAT Range 1030/1140
    • ACT Range 22/26
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 533
    • Tuition:$13,352
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 50%