Colleges Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in for 2019

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 2,753 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
2,753 Applicants
6% N/A  Chance
2 Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, New York
38,118 Applicants
7% Very Hard  Chance
3 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
New York, New York
2,574 Applicants
13% Very Hard  Chance
4 Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
47,039 Applicants
13% Very Hard  Chance
5 American Musical and Dramatic Academy
New York, New York
9,153 Applicants
21% N/A  Chance
6 Hamilton College
Clinton, New York
5,678 Applicants
24% Very Hard  Chance
7 Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York
7,746 Applicants
24% Very Hard  Chance
8 Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York
10,053 Applicants
25% Very Hard  Chance
9 Colgate University
Hamilton, New York
8,542 Applicants
28% Very Hard  Chance
10 New York University
New York, New York
64,007 Applicants
28% Very Hard  Chance
11 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, New York
21,432 Applicants
29% Hard  Chance
12 New York School of Interior Design
New York, New York
198 Applicants
33% Avg+  Chance
13 University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
19,058 Applicants
34% Very Hard  Chance
14 CUNY Lehman College
Bronx, New York
15,138 Applicants
35% Easy  Chance
15 Union College
Schenectady, New York
6,676 Applicants
37% N/A  Chance
16 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, New York
15,287 Applicants
39% Avg-  Chance
17 CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, New York
20,642 Applicants
40% Avg+  Chance
18 CUNY Hunter College
New York, New York
29,326 Applicants
40% Hard  Chance
19 SUNY at Binghamton
Vestal, New York
33,467 Applicants
40% Very Hard  Chance
20 The King's College
New York, New York
2,098 Applicants
41% Hard  Chance