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
Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

6.1%
Stanford University

Stanford, CA

6.6%
Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia, PA

6.8%
United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

6.8%
Cooper Union

New York, NY

7.0%
Yale University

New Haven, CT

7.1%
Juilliard School

New York, NY

7.3%
Columbia University

New York, NY

7.4%
Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

7.9%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

9.0%

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