11 Colleges with the lowest acceptance rates
High school students with impressive GPAs and standardized test scores should be aware that those academic credentials may not be sufficient to get them into every college where they apply. That’s especially true at colleges where stratospheric grades and test scores are the norm and competition among many highly qualified applicants is fierce.
At some colleges, it’s extraordinarily difficult to get in. Stanford University in California is once again the most selective undergraduate institution, according to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey by 1,394 ranked colleges.
Stanford admitted only 4% of applicants for the fall 2019 freshman class, and students who enrolled in that class typically had impeccable academic credentials. The median SAT score among incoming Stanford students who submitted results was 1510 out of 1600, and the median ACT score among those who submitted results was 34 out of 36. These students also had great grades: 98% of those who submitted their high school class standing placed in the top 10% of their class.