New England Colleges with low acceptance rates

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in New England for 2024

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in New England. 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 4% of the 57,786 students who applied and rejected 96%.

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, explore rankings of New England colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.


30 results

Boston University
B
Boston, MA

Boston University

Private 4 Year

9 reviews

19% Acceptance Rate

#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 36,104enrollment
  • $29,154net price
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 4

Rhode Island School of Design
R
Providence, RI

Rhode Island School of Design

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

19% Acceptance Rate

#2 Best Colleges in Rhode Island

  • 2,576enrollment
  • $40,048net price
  • 1310-1480SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 3.71Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Babson College
B
Wellesley, MA

Babson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

25% Acceptance Rate

#13 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,684enrollment
  • $31,559net price
  • 1330-1480SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

Smith College
S
Northampton, MA

Smith College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

30% Acceptance Rate

#7 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,924enrollment
  • $28,422net price
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Trinity College
T
Hartford, CT

Trinity College

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

38% Acceptance Rate

#3 Best Colleges in Connecticut

  • 2,190enrollment
  • $26,233net price
  • 1333-1480SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 17

Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA

Brandeis University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

39% Acceptance Rate

#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,558enrollment
  • $41,222net price
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Connecticut College
C
New London, CT

Connecticut College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

41% Acceptance Rate

#4 Best Private Colleges in Connecticut

  • 1,829enrollment
  • $40,474net price
  • 1333-1476SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

College of the Holy Cross
H
Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

43% Acceptance Rate

#9 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,029enrollment
  • $32,061net price
  • 1240-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

The New England Conservatory of Music
N
Boston, MA

The New England Conservatory of Music

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

43% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 827enrollment
  • $50,651net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Emerson College
E
Boston, MA

Emerson College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

45% Acceptance Rate

#17 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,900enrollment
  • $47,594net price
  • 1200-1400SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 20

The Boston Conservatory
B
Boston, MA

The Boston Conservatory

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

46% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 798enrollment
  • $42,649net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Clark University
C
Worcester, MA

Clark University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

48% Acceptance Rate

#16 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,350enrollment
  • $30,617net price
  • 1218-1403SAT range
  • 27-30ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15