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%
Spalding University

Louisville, KY

29.3%
Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

29.4%
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

29.6%
CUNY—​Hunter College

New York, NY

29.7%
National-​Louis University 1

Chicago, IL

29.8% 4
Babson College

Babson Park, MA

29.9%
Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

30.1%
Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

30.3%
University of Richmond

Univ. of Richmond, VA

30.3%
Corcoran College of Art and Design

Washington, DC

30.4%
California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

30.5%
California State University—​Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

30.9%
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, NM

31.1%
Victory University 1

Memphis, TN

31.1% 4
California Polytechnic State University—​San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

31.3%
Jackson State University 1

Jackson, MS

31.3% 4
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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