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
Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

31.3%
San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

31.3%
Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

31.4%
Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, MS

31.5%
Berea College

Berea, KY

31.8%
Northeastern University

Boston, MA

31.9%
CUNY—​Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY

32.0%
College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

32.2%
Scripps College

Claremont, CA

32.4%

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