New York Colleges with low acceptance rates

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in New York for 2022

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 7% of the 40,462 students who applied and rejected 93%.

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.


30 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

7% Acceptance Rate

#21 Best Colleges in America

  • 30,135enrollment
  • $22,126net price
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

The Juilliard School
J
New York, NY
The Juilliard School

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

8% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 961enrollment
  • $41,022net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

United States Military Academy
A
West Point, New York
United States Military Academy

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

9% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 4,536enrollment
  • -net price
  • 1210-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 31

Cornell University
C
Ithaca, NY
Cornell University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

11% Acceptance Rate

#17 Best Colleges in America

  • 23,620enrollment
  • $27,522net price
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Barnard College
B
New York, NY
Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

14% Acceptance Rate

#4 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,744enrollment
  • $30,572net price
  • 1350-1518SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

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

18% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 887enrollment
  • $25,005net price
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

18% Acceptance Rate

#24 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,902enrollment
  • $23,936net price
  • 1380-1510SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

New York University
N
New York, NY
New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

21% Acceptance Rate

#6 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 52,775enrollment
  • $45,417net price
  • 1370-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

25% Acceptance Rate

#7 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,435enrollment
  • $26,028net price
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Colgate University
C
Hamilton, NY
Colgate University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

27% Acceptance Rate

#3 Best Value Colleges in New York

  • 3,054enrollment
  • $25,935net price
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Davis College
D
Johnson City, NY
 
Davis College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

29% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 79enrollment
  • $17,084net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.18Avg GPA

Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

32% Acceptance Rate

#8 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,582enrollment
  • $26,995net price
  • 1220-1403SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

35% Acceptance Rate

#9 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 11,741enrollment
  • $36,254net price
  • 1330-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Maria College of Albany
M
Albany, NY
 
Maria College of Albany

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

36% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 864enrollment
  • $14,028net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 2.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Bais Medrash Elyon
B
Monsey, NY
 
Bais Medrash Elyon

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

36% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 91enrollment
  • $13,689net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

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

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

37% Acceptance Rate

#23 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 15,766enrollment
  • $4,221net price
  • 1020-1160SAT range
  • 21-25ACT range
  • 3.08Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 16

The King's College
K
New York, NY
The King's College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

39% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 442enrollment
  • $35,000net price
  • 1090-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Metropolitan College of New York
M
New York, NY
 
Metropolitan College of New York

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

40% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 856enrollment
  • $24,083net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 2.1Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1