Top 100 - Lowest Acceptance Rates

Many students aspire for admission to a prestigious college or university, but the supply of open seats often does not meet the demand from applicants. Earning admission to the schools on this list can be especially difficult. With the lowest acceptance rates among all undergraduate institutions surveyed by U.S. News, regardless of ranking category, the 100 colleges and universities listed here are among the most selective, based on the fall 2012 entering class.

School Fall 2012 acceptance rate
United States Military Academy

West Point, NY

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

Brown University

Providence, RI

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

Alice Lloyd College

Pippa Passes, KY

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, NY

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Amherst College

Amherst, MA


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