Washington Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Washington for 2020

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in Washington. 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 Washington Seattle Campus which sent acceptance letters to only 49% of the 45,907 students who applied and rejected 51%.

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

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    • SAT Range 1220/1460
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.75
    • Students: 47,400
    • Tuition:$11,207
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 49%
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    University of Washington Seattle Campus

    • SAT Range 1230/1450
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.74
    • Students: 1,475
    • Tuition:$52,764
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
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    Whitman College