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
Pomona College

Claremont, CA

13.0%
University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

13.2%
Duke University

Durham, NC

13.4%
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

13.6%
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

14.2%
Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

14.2%
Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

15.3%
Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

15.7%
Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

15.8%
United States Coast Guard Academy

New London, CT

15.9%

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