College Selectivity

MOST SELECTIVE colleges accept fewer than 15% of all applicants AND possess an average composite ACT (25%tile) score of at least 30 or an average combined SAT (25%tile) score of at least 1370.  They include:

Colleges AColleges BColleges CColleges D
Amherst CollegeBarnard CollegeBowdoin CollegeBrown University
California Institute of TechnologyCarnegie Mellon UniversityClaremont McKenna CollegeColby College
Columbia UniversityCornell UniversityDartmouth CollegeDuke University
Emory UniversityGeorgetown UniversityGrinnell CollegeHamilton College
Harvard UniversityHarvey Mudd CollegeJohns Hopkins UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Middlebury CollegeNew York UniversityNorthwestern UniversityPomona College
Princeton UniversityRice UniversityStanford UniversitySwarthmore College
Tufts UniversityTulane UniversityUniversity of ChicagoUniversity of Pennsylvania
University of Southern CaliforniaVanderbilt UniversityWashington University in St. LouisWilliams College
Yale University

EXTREMELY SELECTIVE colleges accept fewer than 35% of all applicants AND possess an average composite ACT (25%tile) score of at least 29 OR an average combined SAT (25%tile) score of at least 1340. They include:

Row ARow BRow CRow D
Boston CollegeBoston UniversityCal Poly – San Luis ObispoCarleton College
Case Western Reserve UniversityColgate UniversityColorado CollegeCooper Union
Davidson CollegeFranklin W Olin College of EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyHaverford College
Hillsdale CollegeMacalester CollegeNortheastern UniversityOberlin College
Pitzer CollegeScripps CollegeSkidmore CollegeTrinity University
United States Air Force AcademyUniversity of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, IrvineUniversity of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San DiegoUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of FloridaUniversity of Miami
University of MichiganUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of Richmond
University of VirginiaVassar CollegeVillanova UniversityWake Forest University
Washington and Lee UniversityWellesley CollegeWesleyan University

VERY SELECTIVE colleges accept fewer than 50% of all applicants AND possess an average composite ACT (25%tile) score of at least 27 or an average combined SAT (25%tile) score of at least 1280. They include:

Row ARow BRow CRow D
Babson CollegeBates CollegeBinghamton UniversityBrandeis University
Bryn Mawr CollegeBucknell UniversityCollege of the Holy CrossCollege of William and Mary
Connecticut CollegeDenison UniversityDickinson CollegeEmerson College
Florida State UniversityFranklin and Marshall CollegeGeorge Washington UniversityKenyon College
Lafayette CollegeLehigh UniversityLoyola Marymount UniversityNorth Carolina State University
Occidental CollegeReed CollegeRhode Island School of DesignSmith College
St. Olaf CollegeStony Brook UniversityUniversity of Texas at AustinTrinity College
Union CollegeUnited States Military AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyUniversity of California, Davis
University of GeorgiaUniversity of MarylandUniversity of RochesterUniversity of Washington

MODERATELY SELECTIVE colleges accept fewer than 60% of all applicants AND possess an average composite ACT (25%tile) score of at least 25 or an average combined SAT (25%tile) score of at least 1210. They include:

Row ARow BRow CRow D
Agnes Scott CollegeAllegheny CollegeAmerican UniversityAuburn University
Bard CollegeBaylor UniversityBeloit CollegeBennington College
Bentley UniversityBrigham Young UniversityBryant UniversityCatholic University
Butler UniversityCentre CollegeChamplain CollegeChapman University
Clark UniversityClarkson UniversityClemson UniversityCollege of Charleston
Colorado School of the MinesColorado State UniversityCornell CollegeCreighton University
CUNY Baruch CollegeCUNY Hunter CollegeDePaul UniversityDePauw University
Drake UniversityDrew UniversityDrexel UniversityDuquesne University
Earlham CollegeEckerd CollegeElizabethtown CollegeElon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityEmmanuel CollegeFairfield UniversityFlorida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern CollegeFordham UniversityFurman UniversityGeorge Mason University
Gettysburg CollegeGonzaga UniversityGoucher CollegeGrove City College
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeHampshire CollegeHanover CollegeHendrix College
Hobart William Smith CollegesHofstra UniversityHope CollegeHoward University
Illinois Institute of TechnologyIllinois Wesleyan UniversityIndiana UniversityIthaca College
James Madison UniversityJuniata CollegeKalamazoo CollegeKettering University
Knox CollegeLake Forest CollegeLawrence UniversityLe Moyne College
Lewis & Clark CollegeLouisiana State UniversityLoyola University ChicagoLoyola University Maryland
Maine Maritime AcademyMarist CollegeMarquette UniversityMercer University
Miami University (OH)Michigan Technological UniversityMilwaukee School of EngineeringMissouri University of Science and Technology
Mount Holyoke CollegeMuhlenberg CollegeNew College of FloridaNew Jersey Institute of Technology
Ohio State UniversityOhio Wesleyan UniversityPenn State UniversityPepperdine University
Providence CollegePurdue UniversityQuinnipiac UniversityRamapo College of New Jersey
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteRhodes CollegeRochester Institute of TechnologyRollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyRutgers UniversitySaint Anselm CollegeSaint Louis University
Saint Michael’s CollegeSan Diego State UniversitySanta Clara UniversitySarah Lawrence College
Seattle UniversitySiena CollegeSimmons UniversitySoka University
Southern Methodist UniversitySouthwestern UniversitySt. Lawrence UniversitySt. John’s College
St. Mary’s College (MD)SUNY New PaltzStevens Institute of TechnologySUNY Purchase
SUNY GeneseoSUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestrySyracuse UniversityTemple University
Texas A&M UniversityTexas Christian UniversityTexas Tech UniversityThe College of New Jersey
The University of TennesseeThe University of Texas at DallasThe University of the SouthThomas Aquinas College
Thomas Jefferson UniversityTruman State UniversityUnited States Coast Guard AcademyUnited States Merchant Marine Academy
University at BuffaloUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamUniversity of California, MercedUniversity of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa CruzUniversity of Central FloridaUniversity of CincinnatiUniversity of Colorado Boulder
University of ConnecticutUniversity of DallasUniversity of DelawareUniversity of Denver
University of HoustonUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Mary Washington
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstUniversity of Massachusetts LowellUniversity of Minnesota
University of MissouriUniversity of New HampshireUniversity of North Carolina WilmingtonUniversity of Oklahoma
University of OregonUniversity of PittsburghUniversity of PortlandUniversity of Puget Sound
University of Rhode IslandUniversity of San DiegoUniversity of San FranciscoUniversity of Scranton
University of South CarolinaUniversity of South FloridaUniversity of St. ThomasUniversity of Vermont
University of Wisconsin-MadisonUrsinus CollegeVirginia TechWabash College
Washington CollegeWentworth Institute of TechnologyWestmont CollegeWheaton College (IL)
Wheaton College (MA)Whitman CollegeWillamette UniversityWofford College
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYeshiva University

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