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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 Duke University which sent acceptance letters to only 10% of the 33,077 students who applied and rejected 90%. 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
33,077 Applicants
10% Very Hard  Chance
2 Davidson College
Davidson, North Carolina
5,673 Applicants
20% Very Hard  Chance
3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
39,650 Applicants
24% Very Hard  Chance
4 Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, North Carolina
219 Applicants
24% Avg-  Chance
5 Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, North Carolina
13,071 Applicants
28% N/A  Chance
6 University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
956 Applicants
33% Hard  Chance
7 Livingstone College
Salisbury, North Carolina
7,295 Applicants
37% N/A  Chance
8 Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, North Carolina
6,657 Applicants
38% Easy  Chance
9 Barton College
Wilson, North Carolina
2,632 Applicants
39% Avg-  Chance
10 Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina
19,391 Applicants
39% Avg-  Chance
11 Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, North Carolina
48 Applicants
40% N/A  Chance
12 Greensboro College
Greensboro, North Carolina
2,192 Applicants
41% Easy  Chance
13 St. Andrews University
Laurinburg, North Carolina
1,106 Applicants
41% Avg-  Chance
14 Catawba College
Salisbury, North Carolina
3,125 Applicants
42% Easy  Chance
15 Brevard College
Brevard, North Carolina
2,450 Applicants
45% N/A  Chance
16 Laurel University
High Point, North Carolina
168 Applicants
45% Avg-  Chance
17 Mount Olive College
Mount Olive, North Carolina
3,067 Applicants
49% Easy  Chance