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pennsylvania Colleges Hardest to Get Into


Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in pennsylvania for 2019

These are the most selective colleges in pennsylvania. We've ranked the schools which reject over fifty percent of applicants by rate of acceptance. Leading the list is University of Pennsylvania which sent acceptance letters to only 9% of the 40,413 students who applied and rejected 91%. 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 pennsylvania
Rank College Percent Admitted Academic Difficulty
1 University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
40,413 Applicants
9% Very Hard  Chance
2 Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
9,382 Applicants
11% Very Hard  Chance
3 Haverford College
Haverford, Pennsylvania
4,408 Applicants
20% Very Hard  Chance
4 Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20,497 Applicants
22% Very Hard  Chance
5 Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
13,871 Applicants
25% Very Hard  Chance
6 Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
10,253 Applicants
31% Very Hard  Chance
7 Lafayette College
Easton, Pennsylvania
8,469 Applicants
31% Very Hard  Chance
8 Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
6,720 Applicants
34% N/A  Chance
9 Villanova University
Villanova, Pennsylvania
21,123 Applicants
36% Very Hard  Chance
10 Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
2,936 Applicants
38% Very Hard  Chance
11 Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
6,384 Applicants
46% N/A  Chance
12 Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pennsylvania
4,636 Applicants
48% Hard  Chance
13 Washington & Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania
5,358 Applicants
48% N/A  Chance
14 Dickinson College
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
5,941 Applicants
49% N/A  Chance