25 Hardest American Colleges To Get Into In 2018

25. Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Acceptance Rate: 14%                SAT: 1370-1520
Founded in 1852, after more than a century, Tufts University has now become a leader in American higher education, extinguishing itself for its excellence in research and liberal arts.

24. Bowdoin University (Brunswick, ME)

Acceptance Rate: 15%                SAT: 1360-1510 
Since its being chartered in 1974, this small, private, liberal arts college has achieved remarkable development, ranking third among American liberal arts colleges. The campus embraces its fantastic landscape and a wealth of environments, in addition to which, Bowdoin’s dining service is so terrific that it rivals restaurants.

23. Amherst College (Amherst, MA)

Acceptance Rate: 14%                SAT: 1360-1555
As the third oldest higher education institution in MA and a member of the Five Colleges consortium, Amherst College is well-known across the globe for its top-notch, yet friendly academic climate. A fantastic school to learn, a magical place to grow, and a promising future.

22. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Acceptance Rate: 14%                SAT: 1330-1530
Located at the heart of Finger Lakes region, Cornell University, besides its great ambition to contributing to the development of knowledge in every possible field, is endowed with embarking spirit for being one of the first US universities to enroll both men and women.

21. Washington University in St. Louis (Saint Louis, MO)

Acceptance Rate: 17%                SAT: 1400-1570
Washington University in St. Louis was founded in 1853, encompassing 7 graduate and undergraduate schools, covering a wide range of academic fields, such as law, public health, and medicine. Here, students are respected as independent individuals and free to fully explore their talents.

20. Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA)

Acceptance Rate: 9%                SAT: 1230-1490
Claremont Mckenna College, established in 1946, also referred to as CMC, is a coeducational liberal arts college and a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium, with its curriculum covering a wide range of key disciplinary areas. Innovation and leadership matter much in student development in CMC.

19. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)

Acceptance Rate: 13%                SAT: 1305-1530
Founded in 1864, Swarthmore College is a member of the Tri-College Consortium, taking up only 425 acres. Swarthmore has been recognized as the best arts college six times. Its excellence has been very well manifested through the outstanding graduate achievements obtained as winners of some of the most significant awards.

18. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Acceptance Rate: 13%                SAT: 1400-1570
Johns Hopkins University, a founding member of the American Association of Universities, was founded in 1876 with the support of Johns Hopkins, an American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist, who also donated to establish Johns Hopkins Hospital, the top-ranking hospital with extinguished specialties.

17. Rice University (Houston, TX)

Acceptance Rate: 15%                SAT: 1410-1570
Rice University, as a comprehensive research institute, chartered in 1891 by William Marsh Rice, a businessman born in Massachusetts, aims to foster leaders and inspire thinking. Rice is well-known for its applied science programs and has ranked first in material science research by the THE.

16. Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Acceptance Rate: 11%                SAT: 1400-1560
Northwestern University devotes itself to building a diverse academic community that cultivates students through innovative research and excellent education and emphasizes students’ personal and intellectual development.

15. Pomona College (Claremont, CA)

Acceptance Rate: 9%                SAT: 1340-1540
Pomona College, founded in 1887, is a pioneer among private liberal arts colleges, providing courses that cover 48 majors, including humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences. It has been recognized as the most diverse college community in America and the nest for a wealth of accomplished figures in the country.

14. Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA)

Acceptance Rate: 13%                SAT: 1420-1580
Harvey Mudd College, opened in 1957, has now developed into one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. Here, students can lay stress on science, engineering, mathematics and the liberal arts because here it is believed that no one has to give up their interests in painting or music to become scientists of consequence.

13. Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)

Acceptance Rate: 11%                SAT: 1350-1560
Established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock and aimed to provide education for native Americans back then, Dartmouth College is “an Ivy league school in a league of its own”. Considered as the 7th best college for Political Science and 8th best college for Economics in America, the university has created many prominent alumni achieving outstanding accomplishments in every field, such as Robert Frost who has become very well-known across the globe as a poet.

12. Duke University (Durham, NC)

Acceptance Rate: 11%                SAT: 1380-1570
Duke University, with its establishment dated back to 1838, now has a total enrollment of 6,500 undergraduates and 8,000 graduates from almost all the states and even foreign countries. Duke is ranked as the 8th Best National University, still making constant progress to stay ahead in the ever-changing conditions.

11. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Acceptance Rate: 9%                SAT: 1380-1570
Thanks to Benjamin Franklin’s vision of developing higher education and endowing students with the promising career in the fields of both commerce and politics, the University of Pennsylvania, after its founding, can enrich us with knowledge and spiritual development. Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, spent his college time here.

10. Brown University (Providence, RI)

Acceptance Rate: 9%                SAT: 1370-1570
Emma Watson, the actress playing Hermione Granger in the worldwide biggest hit Harry Potter, has grown up with the close attention of the public after shooting to fame. In 2014, this charming young lady graduated from Brown University, the 7th oldest college in America founded in 1764, which has produced a number of notable alumni, with 7 Nobel prize winners and 8 billionaires included.

9. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Acceptance Rate: 11%                SAT: 1420-1590
Maybe the most beautiful campus in all American colleges, Vanderbilt University (informally named Vandy) was founded in 1873 with its original intention of the state’s healing from the wounds of civil war. The school aims to provide a top-ranked and inspiring study atmosphere, in which students can make the best of the environment to tackle the practical problems facing them in life and their career.

8. Columbia University (New York, NY)

Acceptance Rate: 7%                SAT: 1410-1590
44th President of the United States and Nobel laureate Barack Obama’s Alma Mater – Columbia University, founded in 1754, before the Declaration of Independence, is the second most selective Ivy League university. The school welcomes diverse and international student and faculty body, aiming to provide answers to questions in each field at a global level.

7. University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Acceptance Rate: 8%                SAT: 1450-1600
Under the motto of “Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched”, UChicago, established in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller, is committed to fostering the next generation of significant figures in a broad range of academic and social fields. Many notable people have graduated from here, making remarkable contributions to the development of the nation.

6. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Acceptance Rate: 7%                SAT: 1400-1590
Princeton has a sky-high retention rate of 98%, meaning that 98% of the first-year students choose to return here for a second-year study, which is undoubtedly a powerful manifestation of its exceptional qualifications. Chartered in 1746, this Ivy League university covers about 500 acres, where 2 American presidents, 16 Nobel Prize winners, and a great many accomplished people studied and developed.

5. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)

Acceptance Rate: 8%                SAT: 1510-1600
Founded as Throop University in 1891 and renamed as the California Institute of Technology, the school has 3:1 student-faculty ratio, one of the lowest in the United States. The school motto “The truth shall make you free” guides and inspires students to research and investigate scientific and technological problems, and benefit the whole society.

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Acceptance Rate: 8%                SAT: 1460-1590
Founded in 1860, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also known as MIT, is universally regarded as one of the best universities on the planet. MIT prioritizes engineering and physical science. But in order to better serve the nation in the ever-changing society, the school now also focuses on social and natural sciences.

3. Yale University (Stanford, CA)

Acceptance Rate: 6%                SAT: 1420-1600
As the third oldest institution in higher education in America and an Ivy League university, Yale was founded in 1701. Since then, the school has been dedicated to promoting understanding of cultures, improving human conditions, profoundly exploring the unknown world, and producing future leaders and outstanding figures in all fields.

2. Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Acceptance Rate: 5%                SAT: 1380-1580
Stanford University was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford in memory of his son and began to enroll students after six years of its establishment (both men and women). The main campus covers 8,180 acres, making it the largest in America. Unsurprisingly, Stanford has also created a great many influential figures, able to compete with Harvard and Cambridge.

1. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Acceptance Rate: 5%                SAT: 1430-1600
Harvard University, established in 1636 adopting its name in honor of the first benefactor – John Harvard, is the oldest higher education institution in America and one of the most prestigious universities in the world. 8 former US presidents and a wealth of remarkably accomplished alumni have contributed a lot and are making great efforts for the betterment of the nation and the world.

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