Schools with Lowest Acceptance Rates

Famous Schools with the lowest Acceptance Rates:

Yale University
- Yale had the lowest early acceptance rate in the Ivy League. The Class of 2009 was chosen from 19,448 applicants, only 1,880 applicants were admitted. The overall acceptance rate is 9.7 percent. It saw an increase in the number of students applying from public schools. Geographically, Yale admitted an increased number of applicants from the Midwest and the West.

Cooper Union New York
- It is one of the most selective colleges in the United States, with an acceptance rate generally below 10%.
- The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning.

Stanford University
- The university received an unprecedented 30,428 applications, and only 2,300 candidates have been offered admission to its undergraduate Class of 2013. The admission rate of 7.6 percent is the most competitive in university's history.

Princeton University
- Princeton has offered admission to 2,150 students or 9.79% of the record 21,964 applicants for the class of 2013. 50% of the students admitted to the class of 2013 are men and 50% are women.

Columbia University
- Overall Admit Rate is 10.4% for Columbia University Class of 2009. It had the largest applicant pool in its history. Columbia College received 15,790 applications, only 1,638 applicants were admitted, resulting in an acceptance rate of 10.4 percent.

According to the US News & World Report's Top 100 Colleges for Lowest Acceptance Rates, the following schools have an acceptance rate of less than 20% (Fall 2008):
  • Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia, PA 4.0%
  • Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, TX 4.5%
  • Rust College Holly Springs, MS 7.6%
  • Juilliard School New York, NY 7.6%
  • Harvard University Cambridge, MA 7.9%
  • Yale University New Haven, CT 8.6%
  • Cooper Union New York, NY 9.3%
  • Stanford University Stanford, CA 9.5%
  • Princeton University Princeton, NJ 9.9%
  • Columbia University New York, NY 10.0%
  • Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY 10.5%
  • College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO 11.7%
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 11.9%
  • Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 13.5%
  • Brown University Providence, RI 13.7%
  • United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD 13.9%
  • National-Louis University Chicago, IL 14.3%
  • Amherst College Amherst, MA 14.8%
  • Crichton College Memphis, TN 15.4%
  • Pomona College Claremont, CA 15.6%
  • United States Military Academy West Point, NY 15.7%
  • Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA 15.7%
  • Middlebury College Middlebury, VT 16.8%
  • Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA 16.8%
  • University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 16.9%
  • Williams College Williamstown, MA 17.0%
  • California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 17.4%
  • United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO 18.2%
  • Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME 18.6%
  • Georgetown University Washington, DC 18.8%
  • Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA 19.1%
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