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 Duke University which sent acceptance letters to only 11% of the 31,671 students who applied and rejected 89%. 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 Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
31,671 Applicants
11% Very Hard  Chance
2 Davidson College
Davidson, North Carolina
5,618 Applicants
20% Very Hard  Chance
3 Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, North Carolina
219 Applicants
24% Avg-  Chance
4 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
34,889 Applicants
27% Very Hard  Chance
5 Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, North Carolina
14,006 Applicants
30% N/A  Chance
6 Greensboro College
Greensboro, North Carolina
2,687 Applicants
36% Easy  Chance
7 Laurel University
High Point, North Carolina
165 Applicants
39% Avg+  Chance
8 Barton College
Wilson, North Carolina
2,828 Applicants
41% Easy  Chance
9 Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina
18,297 Applicants
41% Avg-  Chance
10 Brevard College
Brevard, North Carolina
2,747 Applicants
42% N/A  Chance
11 Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, North Carolina
2,109 Applicants
44% Easy  Chance
12 Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, North Carolina
5,841 Applicants
45% Easy  Chance
13 Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
241 Applicants
46% Easy  Chance
14 Catawba College
Salisbury, North Carolina
2,528 Applicants
47% Avg-  Chance
15 Livingstone College
Salisbury, North Carolina
6,565 Applicants
48% N/A  Chance
16 Mount Olive College
Mount Olive, North Carolina
2,652 Applicants
48% Avg-  Chance
17 North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina
26,451 Applicants
48% Very Hard  Chance
18 Shaw University
Raleigh, North Carolina
9,608 Applicants
49% N/A  Chance