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
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Needham, MA

19.2%
Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

19.2%
Albany State University

Albany, GA

19.5%
Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

19.5%
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

19.9%
Brescia University

Owensboro, KY

20.5%
Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

20.9%
Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro, KY

21.2%
Tufts University

Medford, MA

21.4%
University of California—‚ÄčLos Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

22.0%

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