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 University of Pennsylvania which sent acceptance letters to only 9% of the 38,918 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
Rank College Percent Admitted Academic Difficulty
1 University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
38,918 Applicants
9% Very Hard  Chance
2 Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
7,717 Applicants
13% Very Hard  Chance
3 Haverford College
Haverford, Pennsylvania
4,066 Applicants
21% Very Hard  Chance
4 Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
21,189 Applicants
22% Very Hard  Chance
5 Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
13,403 Applicants
26% Very Hard  Chance
6 Lafayette College
Easton, Pennsylvania
8,123 Applicants
28% Very Hard  Chance
7 Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
10,487 Applicants
30% Very Hard  Chance
8 Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
6,953 Applicants
36% N/A  Chance
9 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
439 Applicants
42% Avg-  Chance
10 Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
269 Applicants
43% N/A  Chance
11 Dickinson College
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
6,172 Applicants
43% N/A  Chance
12 Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
6,816 Applicants
43% N/A  Chance
13 Villanova University
Villanova, Pennsylvania
17,272 Applicants
44% Very Hard  Chance
14 Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
420 Applicants
45% N/A  Chance
15 Washington & Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania
6,885 Applicants
47% N/A  Chance
16 Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pennsylvania
4,862 Applicants
48% Hard  Chance