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What Are the Toughest Colleges to Get Into in the US?

What are the toughest colleges to get into in the United States.  Unsurprisingly, Harvard lives up to its reputation with an acceptance rate of just 5.2% and an SAT range of 1430 – 1600.  The site Niche.com did an analysis based on 2017 acceptance rates and SAT and ACT scores reported to the US Department of Education. College acceptance rates received a weighted average of 60% in the ranking computation, and SAT/ACT scores received a weighted average of 40%. Niche rounds acceptance rates to the nearest whole percentage.

Acceptance rates are listed below, along with the mid 50% SAT scores, which indicate the range in which 50% of students score.

Take a look at the top 20 hardest colleges to get into in the US:

20. Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, California)

Acceptance rate: 9%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1320-1490

19. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania)

Acceptance rate: 13%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1305-1530

18. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)

Acceptance rate: 13%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1400-15670

17. Rice University (Houston, Texas)

Acceptance rate: 15%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1410-1570

16. Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

Acceptance rate: 11%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1400-1560

15. Pomona College (Claremont, California)

Acceptance rate: 9%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1340-1540

14. Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California)

Acceptance rate: 13%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1420-1580

13. Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire)

13. Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire)Facebook/Dartmouth

Acceptance rate: 11%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1350-1560

12. Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

Acceptance rate: 11%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1380-1570

11. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Acceptance rate: 9%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1380-1570

10. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

Acceptance rate: 9%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1370-1570

9. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

9. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)Vanderbilt University/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 11%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1420-1590

8. Columbia University (New York, New York)

Acceptance rate: 7%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1410-1590

7. University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

7. University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)Facebook/uchicago

Acceptance rate: 8%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1450-1600

6. Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)

6. Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)AP Photo/Mel Evans

Acceptance rate: 7%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1400-1590

5. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)

Acceptance rate: 8%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1510-1600

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)Facebook/MITnews

Acceptance rate: 8%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1460-1590

3. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

Acceptance rate: 6%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1420-1600

2. Stanford University (Stanford, California)

Acceptance rate: 5%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1380-1580

1. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

1. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Acceptance rate: 5%

Mid 50% SAT scores: 1430-1600

Author: Yuri Punj

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