Pennsylvania Colleges with low acceptance rates

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Pennsylvania for 2022

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in Pennsylvania. 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 University of Pennsylvania which sent acceptance letters to only 9% of the 42,205 students who applied and rejected 91%.

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 Pennsylvania colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.


13 results

University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

9% Acceptance Rate

#16 Best Colleges in America

  • 26,552enrollment
  • $24,167net price
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

9% Acceptance Rate

#19 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,437enrollment
  • $20,360net price
  • 1395-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

17% Acceptance Rate

#4 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 13,519enrollment
  • $36,983net price
  • 1460-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

18% Acceptance Rate

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,307enrollment
  • $25,215net price
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Villanova University
V
Villanova, PA
Villanova University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

31% Acceptance Rate

#8 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 11,032enrollment
  • $38,303net price
  • 1320-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.23Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Lafayette College
L
Easton, PA
Lafayette College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

36% Acceptance Rate

#6 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,514enrollment
  • $28,735net price
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Franklin and Marshall College
F
Lancaster, PA
Franklin and Marshall College

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

37% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 2,254enrollment
  • $28,038net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Bryn Mawr College
B
Bryn Mawr, PA
Bryn Mawr College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

38% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 1,634enrollment
  • $37,015net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Bucknell University
B
Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

38% Acceptance Rate

#7 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 3,726enrollment
  • $39,359net price
  • 1250-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
P
Lancaster, PA
 
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

47% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 242enrollment
  • $28,321net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg Weighted GPA

Gettysburg College
G
Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

48% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 2,507enrollment
  • $34,850net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

50% Acceptance Rate

#5 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 7,067enrollment
  • $29,098net price
  • 1260-1433SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Moore College of Art and Design
M
Philadelphia, PA
Moore College of Art and Design

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

50% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 389enrollment
  • $40,141net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.24Avg GPA