Rhode Island Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Rhode Island for 2020

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in Rhode Island. 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 Brown University which sent acceptance letters to only 8% of the 35,437 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 Rhode Island colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.

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    • SAT Range 1420/1550
    • ACT Range 32/35
    • Average HS GPA 3.94*
    • Students: 10,257
    • Tuition:$55,466
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 8%
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    Brown University

    • SAT Range 1180/1440
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 2,467
    • Tuition:$50,960
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    • SAT Range 1210/1360
    • ACT Range 26/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.37
    • Students: 4,674
    • Tuition:$50,528
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 49%
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