Tennessee Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Tennessee for 2020

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in Tennessee. 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 Vanderbilt University which sent acceptance letters to only 10% of the 34,313 students who applied and rejected 90%.

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 Tennessee colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.

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Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Private 4 Year

10% acceptance rate

  • 12,824enrollment
  • $23,295net price
  • $49,816tuition
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA
O'More College of Design
Franklin, TN

Private 4 Year

31% acceptance rate

  • 157enrollment
  • $26,987net price
  • $29,880tuition
  • -SAT range
  • 18-22ACT range
  • 3.12*Avg GPA
Aquinas College
Nashville, TN

Private 4 Year

40% acceptance rate

  • 342enrollment
  • $20,892net price
  • $21,950tuition
  • 1100-1370SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Rhodes College
Memphis, TN

Private 4 Year

45% acceptance rate

  • 2,036enrollment
  • $29,144net price
  • $47,890tuition
  • 1240-1410SAT range
  • 28-31ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA