Colleges Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in for 2018

These are the most selective colleges in . We've ranked the schools which reject over fifty percent of applicants by rate of acceptance. Leading the list is The Juilliard School which sent acceptance letters to only 6% of the 2,545 students who applied and rejected 94%. 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
Rank College Percent Admitted Academic Difficulty
1 The Juilliard School
New York, New York
2,545 Applicants
6% N/A  Chance
2 Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, New York
37,009 Applicants
7% Very Hard  Chance
3 Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
44,965 Applicants
14% Very Hard  Chance
4 American Musical and Dramatic Academy
New York, New York
9,704 Applicants
22% N/A  Chance
5 Hamilton College
Clinton, New York
5,230 Applicants
26% Very Hard  Chance
6 Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York
7,306 Applicants
27% Very Hard  Chance
7 Colgate University
Hamilton, New York
8,394 Applicants
29% Very Hard  Chance
8 Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York
9,181 Applicants
29% Hard  Chance
9 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, New York
20,789 Applicants
31% Hard  Chance
10 CUNY Lehman College
Bronx, New York
14,318 Applicants
32% Avg-  Chance
11 New York University
New York, New York
60,724 Applicants
32% Very Hard  Chance
12 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, New York
13,899 Applicants
34% Avg-  Chance
13 New York School of Interior Design
New York, New York
161 Applicants
35% Easy  Chance
14 University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
17,485 Applicants
36% N/A  Chance
15 CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, New York
20,608 Applicants
37% Avg+  Chance
16 Union College
Schenectady, New York
6,648 Applicants
37% N/A  Chance
17 CUNY Hunter College
New York, New York
28,510 Applicants
38% Hard  Chance
18 Metropolitan College of New York
New York, New York
252 Applicants
39% N/A  Chance
19 Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York
4,632 Applicants
40% N/A  Chance
20 CUNY Queens College
Flushing, New York
18,142 Applicants
41% Avg+  Chance