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
University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

22.0%
Barnard College

New York, NY

22.6%
Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

22.8%
Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

22.8%
Haverford College

Haverford, PA

22.9%
Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO

23.0%
CUNY—​Lehman College

Bronx, NY

23.3%
University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

23.3%
LeMoyne-​Owen College

Memphis, TN

23.4% 4
CUNY—​Baruch College

New York, NY

24.8%
Davidson College

Davidson, NC

24.8%
Lincoln University

Lincoln University, PA

25.4%
Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

25.4%
Carleton College

Northfield, MN

25.6%
Emory University

Atlanta, GA

26.3%
Bates College

Lewiston, ME

26.6%
Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

27.0%
Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

27.2%
Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

27.3%
University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

27.6%
Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

27.8%
Robert Morris University

Chicago, IL

27.9%
Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

28.8%
Brigham Young University—​Hawaii 1

Laie Oahu, HI

28.9% 4
Colby College

Waterville, ME

29.0%

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