When deciding which colleges to apply to, students literally have thousands of options. There are even free ways to earn a degree. However, if a student has his or her heart set on a top-ranking college, competing for acceptance will be no easy feat.
School analysis website Niche ranked the most selective schools in the nation. Using these institutions’ acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test score requirements, they determined the 100 hardest colleges to get into across the U.S.
It is interesting to note that only two of the top 10 were also considered one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the country. Discover what it takes to be considered by these elite schools.
10. Harvey Mudd College
With an acceptance rate of 14.3 percent and 25th percentile scores of 1418 for SAT and 33 for ACT, this Claremont, California school is one of the most expensive at $33,137 per year.
9. Vanderbilt University
This private research university in Nashville, Tennessee has a 13 percent acceptance rate. Enrolled students’ SAT scores range from 1430-1580, and ACT scores range from 32-34.
8. Stanford University
Its meager 5.1 percent acceptance rank is the lowest of all the schools listed. Scores for students at the Stanford, California college range from 1380 to 1570 (SAT) and from 31 to 34 (ACT).
7. Columbia University
This NYC school has a 7 percent acceptance rate. Student SAT scores range from 1390 to 1570; ACT scores range from 31 to 34.
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts only accepts 8 percent of applicants whose scores range from 1420 to 1570 (SAT) and 33 to 35 (ACT).
5. Princeton University
Considered one of the top five colleges according to Niche’s rankings, this New Jersey school has a 7 percent acceptance rate of applicants scoring between 1400 and 1600 on SATs and 31 to 35 on ACTs.
4. University of Chicago
With an 8.8 percent acceptance rate, this is also one of the most expensive schools at $34,352 per year. Student scores range from 1435 to 1600 (SAT) and 32 to 35 (ACT).
3. Yale University
This New Haven, Connecticut college accepts a slim 6.3 percent of applicants with scores between 1410 and 1600 (SATs) and 31 to 35 (ACTs).
2. Harvard University
This Ivy League School in Cambridge, Massachusetts has a 6 percent acceptance rate. Students’ scores range from 1410 to 1600 for SAT and 32 to 35 for ACT.
1. California Institute of Technology
The Pasadena-based Caltech accepts only 8.8 percent of applicants whose SAT scores range from 1500 to 1600, and whose ACT scores range from 34 to 35.
[h/t: Business Insider]