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The Hardest College To Get Into In Every State

Is your school on the list?

Applying to college is always a competitive process, but some schools are harder to get into than others. Academic review site Niche compiled a list showing the toughest college to get into in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

Wondering which school is the most competitive in your state? Read on to see the full list, which includes each school’s acceptance rate, average SAT score (the scores of the 25th-75th percentile) and average cost of tuition, expressed as “net price,” which is the average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid.

A note: A few states—including Alaska, Delaware, Nevada and Wyoming—are missing because there wasn’t enough data to give a ranking.

1. Alabama: University of Alabama

Acceptance Rate: 51.1%

Average SAT scores: 990-1250

Average Tuition: $20,133

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2. Arizona: Arizona Christian University

Acceptance Rate: 56.7%

Average SAT scores: 840-1090

Average Tuition: $22,491

3. Arkansas: University of Arkansas

Acceptance Rate: 63%

Average SAT scores: 1010-1220

Average Tuition: $15,411

4. California: California Institute of Technology

Acceptance Rate: 8%

Average SAT scores: 1510-1600

Average Tuition: $26,839

5. Colorado: Colorado College

Acceptance Rate: 16%

Average SAT scores: 1220-1430

Average Tuition: $23,812

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6. Connecticut: Yale University

Acceptance Rate: 6%

Average SAT scores: 1420-1600

Average Tuition: $18,319

7. District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.): Georgetown University

Acceptance Rate: 17%

Average SAT scores: 1320-1520

Average Tuition: $26,625

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8. Florida: University of Miami

Acceptance Rate: 38%

Average SAT scores: 1210-1390

Average Tuition: $37,424

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9. Georgia: Emory University

Acceptance Rate: 25%

Average SAT scores: 1290-1500

Average Tuition: $24,804

10. Hawaii: Brigham Young University at Hawaii

Acceptance Rate: 27%

Average SAT scores: 973-1158

Average Tuition: $12,319

11. Idaho: Northwest Nazarene University

Acceptance Rate: 95%

Average SAT scores: 1000-1240

Average Tuition: $18,176

12. Illinois: University of Chicago

Acceptance Rate: 8%

Average SAT scores: 1450-1600

Average Tuition: $31,068

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13. Indiana: University of Notre Dame

Acceptance Rate: 19%

Average SAT scores: 1350-1540

Average Tuition: $26,683

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14. Iowa: Grinnell College

Acceptance Rate: 20%

Average SAT scores: 1320-1530

Average Tuition: $30,010

15. Kansas: Sterling College-Kansas

Acceptance Rate: 37%

Average SAT scores: 880-1030

Average Tuition: $19,219

16. Kentucky: Berea College

Acceptance Rate: 33%

Average SAT scores: 1000-1220

Average Tuition: $2,862

17. Louisiana: Tulane University

Acceptance Rate: 26%

Average SAT scores: 1240-1410

Average Tuition: $32,515

18. Maine: Bowdoin College

Acceptance Rate: 15%

Average SAT scores: 1360-1510

Average Tuition: $24,888

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19. Maryland: John Hopkins University

Acceptance Rate: 13%

Average SAT scores: 1400-1570

Average Tuition: $27,352

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20. Massachusetts: Harvard University

Acceptance Rate: 5%

Average SAT scores: 1430-1600

Average Tuition: $16,205

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21. Michigan: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Acceptance Rate: 29%

Average SAT scores: 1310-1500

Average Tuition: $16,107

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22. Minnesota: Carlton College

Acceptance Rate: 23%

Average SAT scores: 1320-1540

Average Tuition: $28,587

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23. Mississippi: Mississippi Valley State University

Acceptance Rate: 84%

Average SAT scores: N/A

Average Tuition: $11,591

24. Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

Acceptance Rate: 17%

Average SAT scores: 1400-1570

Average Tuition: $28,824

25. Montana: Carroll College

Acceptance Rate: 71%

Average SAT scores: 990-1220

Average Tuition: $25,449

26. Nebraska: Union College

Acceptance Rate: 64%

Average SAT scores: 876-1183

Average Tuition: $20,863

27. New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

Acceptance Rate: 11%

Average SAT scores: 1350-1560

Average Tuition: $21,177

28. New Jersey: Princeton University

Acceptance Rate: 7%

Average SAT scores: 1400-1590

Average Tuition: $17,732

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29. New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Acceptance Rate: 23%

Average SAT scores: 1110-1350

Average Tuition: $13,331

30. New York: Columbia University

Acceptance Rate: 7%

Average SAT scores: 1410-1590

Average Tuition: $22,973

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31. North Carolina: Duke University

Acceptance Rate: 11%

Average SAT scores: 1380-1570

Average Tuition: $19,950

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32. North Dakota: University of Jamestown

Acceptance Rate: 57%

Average SAT scores: 890-1140

Average Tuition: $16,944

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33. Ohio: Kenyon College

Acceptance Rate: 27%

Average SAT scores: 1230-1440

Average Tuition: $28,192

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34. Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

Acceptance Rate: 40%

Average SAT scores: 1100-1390

Average Tuition: $27,264

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35. Oregon: Reed College

Acceptance Rate: 31%

Average SAT scores: 1280-1480

Average Tuition: $27,805

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36. Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

Acceptance Rate: 9%

Average SAT scores: 1380-1570

Average Tuition: $22,944

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37. Rhode Island: Brown University

Acceptance Rate: 9%

Average SAT scores: 1370-1570

Average Tuition: $25,264

38. South Carolina: Clemson University

Acceptance Rate: 51%

Average SAT scores: 1150-1340

Average Tuition: $17,797

39. South Dakota: Augustana University

Acceptance Rate: 69%

Average SAT scores: 930-1230

Average Tuition: $19,974

40. Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

Acceptance Rate: 11%

Average SAT scores: 1420-1590

Average Tuition: $23,150

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41. Texas: Rice University

Acceptance Rate: 15%

Average SAT scores: 1410-1570

Average Tuition: $22,061

42. Utah: Brigham Young University

Acceptance Rate: 51%

Average SAT scores: 1160-1380

Average Tuition: $12,864

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43. Vermont: Middlebury College

Acceptance Rate: 16%

Average SAT scores: 1280-1495

Average Tuition: $21,437

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44. Virginia: Washington & Lee University

Acceptance Rate: 24%

Average SAT scores: 1320-1460

Average Tuition: $23,867

45. Washington: Whitman College

Acceptance Rate: 51%

Average SAT scores: 1200-1420

Average Tuition: $34,272

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46. West Virginia: Concord University

Acceptance Rate: 81%

Average SAT scores: 870-1090

Average Tuition: $7,928

47. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin

Acceptance Rate: 53%

Average SAT scores: 1200-1420

Average Tuition:  $15,874

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