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 Rice University which sent acceptance letters to only 15% of the 18,236 students who applied and rejected 85%. 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 Rice University
Houston, Texas
18,236 Applicants
15% Very Hard  Chance
2 Dallas Christian College
Dallas, Texas
225 Applicants
23% Easy  Chance
3 Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Waxahachie, Texas
2,096 Applicants
23% Avg-  Chance
4 Paul Quinn College
Dallas, Texas
1,376 Applicants
32% Avg-  Chance
5 Houston Baptist University
Houston, Texas
15,256 Applicants
35% Avg+  Chance
6 Huston Tillotson University
Austin, Texas
2,423 Applicants
36% Easy  Chance
7 Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
19,972 Applicants
38% Hard  Chance
8 Baylor University
Waco, Texas
34,636 Applicants
40% Hard  Chance
9 The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
47,511 Applicants
40% Very Hard  Chance
10 Texas Wesleyan University
Fort Worth, Texas
2,959 Applicants
41% Avg-  Chance
11 Trinity University
San Antonio, Texas
7,255 Applicants
41% Very Hard  Chance
12 Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, Texas
3,259 Applicants
43% Avg+  Chance
13 Texas Lutheran University
Seguin, Texas
2,131 Applicants
43% Avg-  Chance
14 LeTourneau University
Longview, Texas
1,842 Applicants
44% Hard  Chance
15 Southwestern University
Georgetown, Texas
3,773 Applicants
45% Hard  Chance
16 Texas A & M University Commerce
Commerce, Texas
7,805 Applicants
46% Avg-  Chance
17 University of Houston Victoria
Victoria, Texas
4,616 Applicants
48% N/A  Chance
18 McMurry University
Abilene, Texas
1,884 Applicants
48% Easy  Chance
19 Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas
13,250 Applicants
49% Very Hard  Chance