New York Colleges with low acceptance rates

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in New York for 2024

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in New York. 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 Columbia University in the City of New York which sent acceptance letters to only 4% of the 61,110 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 York colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.


25 results

Columbia University in the City of New York
C
New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

4% Acceptance Rate

#21 Best Colleges in America

  • 33,776enrollment
  • $22,126net price
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

The Juilliard School
J
New York, NY

The Juilliard School

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

7% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 979enrollment
  • $41,022net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Cornell University
C
Ithaca, NY

Cornell University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

9% Acceptance Rate

#17 Best Colleges in America

  • 25,582enrollment
  • $27,522net price
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Barnard College
B
New York, NY

Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

11% Acceptance Rate

#5 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 3,043enrollment
  • $30,572net price
  • 1425-1550SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 4

United States Military Academy
A
West Point, New York

United States Military Academy

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

11% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 4,594enrollment
  • -net price
  • 1200-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 31

New York University
N
New York, NY

New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

13% Acceptance Rate

#6 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 58,226enrollment
  • $45,417net price
  • 1450-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY

Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

14% Acceptance Rate

#24 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,055enrollment
  • $23,936net price
  • 1410-1540SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
C
New York, NY

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

15% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 936enrollment
  • $25,005net price
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 8

Colgate University
C
Hamilton, NY

Colgate University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

17% Acceptance Rate

#25 Best Colleges in America

  • 3,176enrollment
  • $25,935net price
  • 1350-1500SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

20% Acceptance Rate

#7 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,516enrollment
  • $26,028net price
  • 1420-1540SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

American Musical and Dramatic Academy
A
New York, NY

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

22% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 1,666enrollment
  • $46,504net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

31% Acceptance Rate

#8 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,686enrollment
  • $26,995net price
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Maria College of Albany
M
Albany, NY
 

Maria College of Albany

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

37% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 792enrollment
  • $14,028net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 2.5Avg GPA

Yeshiva D'monsey Rabbinical College
Y
Monsey, NY
 

Yeshiva D'monsey Rabbinical College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

37% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 77enrollment
  • $6,829net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY

University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

41% Acceptance Rate

#9 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 12,039enrollment
  • $36,254net price
  • 1370-1520SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

SUNY at Binghamton
B
Vestal, NY

SUNY at Binghamton

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

44% Acceptance Rate

#2 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 18,055enrollment
  • $19,061net price
  • 1310-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

The King's College
K
New York, NY

The King's College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

44% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 384enrollment
  • $35,000net price
  • 1140-1390SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
J
New York, NY

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

45% Acceptance Rate

#24 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 15,210enrollment
  • $4,221net price
  • 1020-1160SAT range
  • 21-25ACT range
  • 3.24Avg GPA