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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:

  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carleton College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University
  • Williams 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:

  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado College
  • Cooper Union
  • Davidson College
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Haverford College
  • Lehigh University
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Reed College
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • Trinity College
  • Trinity University
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Virginia
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan 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:

  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Bard College
  • Bentley University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Clemson University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Connecticut College
  • Denison University
  • Dickinson College
  • Emerson College
  • Fordham University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • George Washington University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Macalester College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhodes College
  • SUNY at Binghamton
  • Santa Clara University
  • Skidmore College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Syracuse University
  • Union College
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington
  • Whitman College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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:

  • Baylor University
  • Bennington College
  • California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
  • CUNY Baruch
  • Chapman University
  • Clark University
  • Clarkson University
  • Earlham College
  • Fairfield University
  • Florida State University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Providence College
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stony Brook University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The College of Wooster
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison