Pennsylvania Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Pennsylvania for 2020

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 8% of the 44,491 students who applied and rejected 92%.

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, you can also explore rankings of Pennsylvania colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.


15 results found

University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA

Private 4 Year

8% acceptance rate

  • 25,860enrollment
  • $24,539net price
  • $55,584tuition
  • 1420-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA

Private 4 Year

9% acceptance rate

  • 1,559enrollment
  • $20,444net price
  • $52,588tuition
  • 1380-1550SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA

Private 4 Year

17% acceptance rate

  • 14,029enrollment
  • $29,817net price
  • $55,465tuition
  • 1450-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA

Private 4 Year

19% acceptance rate

  • 1,310enrollment
  • $23,582net price
  • $54,838tuition
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA

Private 4 Year

22% acceptance rate

  • 6,849enrollment
  • $26,933net price
  • $52,930tuition
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81*Avg GPA
Lafayette College
L
Easton, PA

Private 4 Year

29% acceptance rate

  • 2,642enrollment
  • $26,148net price
  • $53,630tuition
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Villanova University
V
Villanova, PA

Private 4 Year

29% acceptance rate

  • 11,030enrollment
  • $35,491net price
  • $53,308tuition
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
Bucknell University
B
Lewisburg, PA

Private 4 Year

33% acceptance rate

  • 3,668enrollment
  • $37,817net price
  • $56,092tuition
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA
Bryn Mawr College
B
Bryn Mawr, PA

Private 4 Year

34% acceptance rate

  • 1,690enrollment
  • $28,450net price
  • $52,360tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.85*Avg GPA
Franklin and Marshall College
F
Lancaster, PA

Private 4 Year

35% acceptance rate

  • 2,309enrollment
  • $24,472net price
  • $56,550tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
P
Lancaster, PA
 

Private 4 Year

44% acceptance rate

  • 251enrollment
  • $27,471net price
  • $25,850tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Gettysburg College
G
Gettysburg, PA

Private 4 Year

45% acceptance rate

  • 2,441enrollment
  • $34,705net price
  • $54,480tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Dickinson College
D
Carlisle, PA

Private 4 Year

49% acceptance rate

  • 2,399enrollment
  • $32,468net price
  • $54,661tuition
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
L
Lincoln University, PA

Public 4 Year

49% acceptance rate

  • 2,376enrollment
  • $18,290net price
  • $11,036tuition
  • 860-1020SAT range
  • 16-20ACT range
  • 2.8Avg GPA
University of Pittsburgh Bradford
P
Bradford, PA
 

Public 4 Year

49% acceptance rate

  • 1,281enrollment
  • $17,883net price
  • $13,900tuition
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.18Avg GPA