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 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
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 Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
6,384 Applicants
46% N/A  Chance
11 Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pennsylvania
4,636 Applicants
48% Hard  Chance
12 Washington & Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania
5,358 Applicants
48% N/A  Chance
13 Dickinson College
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
5,941 Applicants
49% N/A  Chance