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Hampshire College

#1 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Hampshire College is a very small private liberal arts college located in Amherst, MA ranked 154th in the nation. It has a total of 1,233 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 1.97% of applicants. Hampshire College offers 67 different majors and is best known for its Web Design, Computer Software and Media Applications, and Creative Writing programs (nationally ranked 5th, 17th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,030 per year, Hampshire College is extremely pricey. 66.79% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate more or less $34,500 per year, which is 17% less than the national median.

Amherst, MA

www.hampshire.edu

A

Rating

2%

Acceptance

1,233

Students

#154

Ranking

$50,030

Tuition

Curtis Institute of Music

#2 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Curtis Institute of Music is a very small private art school located in Philadelphia, PA with a student to faculty ratio of 2 to 1. It has a total of 130 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting slightly less than one in twenty applicants. Curtis Institute of Music offers 10 different majors.

Philadelphia, PA

www.curtis.edu

D-

Rating

4%

Acceptance

171

Students

-

Ranking

-

Tuition

Stanford University

#3 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Stanford University is a large private university located in Stanford, CA ranked 2nd in the nation. It has a total of 8,290 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.34% of applicants. Stanford University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Industrial Management, and Earth Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $52,857 per year, Stanford University is exceptionally pricey. 89.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $94,000 per year, which is 126% above the national median.

Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

A+

Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

#2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

Harvard University

#4 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Harvard University is a very large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 3rd in America. It has a total of 14,467 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.64% of applicants. Harvard University offers 375 different majors and is best known for its History, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $47,730 per year, Harvard University is very high-priced. 77.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $89,700 per year, which is 116% above the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

#3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

Pacific Oaks College

#5 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Pacific Oaks College is a small private institution located in Pasadena, CA ranked 47th in California. It has a total of 743 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 5.11% acceptance rate. Pacific Oaks College offers 9 different majors and is best known for its Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education and Teaching programs, which are respectively ranked 1st and 13th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $13,478 per year, Pacific Oaks College is pretty affordable. 60.38% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make about $42,800 per year, which is 3% greater than the national median.

Pasadena, CA

www.pacificoaks.edu

B

Rating

5%

Acceptance

1,651

Students

#450

Ranking

$13,478

Tuition

Columbia University in the City of New York

#6 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Columbia University in the City of New York is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 9th in the United States. It has a total of 8,628 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 5.45% acceptance rate. Columbia University in the City of New York offers 467 different majors and is best known for its Sustainability Studies, Art History, and Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $58,920 per year, Columbia University in the City of New York is exceptionally high-priced. 78.72% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring home around $83,300 per year, which is 101% greater than the national median.

New York, NY

www.columbia.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

33,301

Students

#9

Ranking

$58,920

Tuition

Princeton University

#7 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Princeton University is a mid-sized private university located in Princeton, NJ ranked 5th in the nation. It has a total of 5,535 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 5.78% of applicants. Princeton University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, and Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,870 per year, Princeton University is extremely costly. 88.56% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $74,700 per year, which is 80% greater than the national median.

Princeton, NJ

www.princeton.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

8,720

Students

#5

Ranking

$51,870

Tuition

Blue Hills Regional Technical School

#8 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Blue Hills Regional Technical School is a very small public university located in Canton, MA with a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. It has a total of 56 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting nearly 1/20th of applicants. Blue Hills Regional Technical School offers 1 different majors. 64.28% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in around $63,300 per year, which is 52% greater than the national median.

Canton, MA

www.bluehills.org/postgraduate-practical-nursing-program/

F

Rating

6%

Acceptance

56

Students

-

Ranking

-

Tuition

Dallas Nursing Institute

#9 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Dallas Nursing Institute is a very small private university located in Richardson, TX with a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1. It has a total of 330 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 5.99% of applicants. Dallas Nursing Institute offers 3 different majors. 51.77% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $27,100 per year, which is 35% less than the national median.

Richardson, TX

www.dni.edu

F

Rating

6%

Acceptance

330

Students

-

Ranking

-

Tuition

Yale University

#10 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Yale University is a large private university located in New Haven, CT ranked 4th in the United States. It has a total of 6,748 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.08% of applicants. Yale University offers 297 different majors and is best known for its American Studies, Religious Studies, and History programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,500 per year, Yale University is very pricey. 89.63% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate about $83,200 per year, which is 100% greater than the national median.

New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

#4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

University of Chicago

#11 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

University of Chicago is a large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 10th in the nation. It has a total of 7,674 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.17% of applicants. University of Chicago offers 218 different majors and is best known for its Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Economics, and Counseling Psychology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,642 per year, University of Chicago is exceptionally expensive. 79.52% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $68,100 per year, which is 64% over the national median.

Chicago, IL

WWW.UCHICAGO.EDU

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

19,659

Students

#10

Ranking

$57,642

Tuition

California Institute of Technology

#12 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

California Institute of Technology is a small private university located in Pasadena, CA ranked 19th in the United States. It has a total of 989 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting slightly north of 1 in 20 applicants. California Institute of Technology offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Computational Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Physics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,506 per year, California Institute of Technology is very expensive. After college, alumni go on to take home near $85,900 per year, which is 107% over the national median.

Pasadena, CA

www.caltech.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

2,334

Students

#19

Ranking

$52,506

Tuition

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#13 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 1st in the US. It has a total of 4,698 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.7% of applicants. Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $53,450 per year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is extremely expensive. 90% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $104,700 per year, which is 152% greater than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

web.mit.edu/

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

12,321

Students

#1

Ranking

$53,450

Tuition

The Juilliard School

#14 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

The Juilliard School is a very small private art school located in New York, NY ranked 152nd in America. It has a total of 614 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.88% of applicants. The Juilliard School offers 55 different majors and is best known for its Stringed Instruments, Dance, and Keyboard Instruments programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $47,370 per year, The Juilliard School is extremely pricey. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $32,800 per year, which is 21% under the national median.

New York, NY

www.juilliard.edu/

A

Rating

7%

Acceptance

971

Students

#152

Ranking

$47,370

Tuition

Brown University

#15 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Brown University is a large private university located in Providence, RI ranked 12th in the US. It has a total of 7,428 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 7.07% of applicants. Brown University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Entrepreneurship, African Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,112 per year, Brown University is very high-priced. 87.69% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $67,500 per year, which is 63% greater than the national median.

Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

#12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

Pomona College

#16 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Pomona College is a small private liberal arts college located in Claremont, CA ranked 20th in the United States. It has a total of 1,680 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.4% acceptance rate. Pomona College offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Molecular Biology, Public Policy Analysis, and Environmental Science programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,380 per year, Pomona College is very high-priced. 89.39% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn roughly $58,100 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Claremont, CA

www.pomona.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

1,680

Students

#20

Ranking

$54,380

Tuition

Duke University

#17 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Duke University is a large private university located in Durham, NC ranked 6th in America. It has a total of 7,338 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.6% acceptance rate. Duke University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Public Policy Analysis, Computer Engineering, and Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,880 per year, Duke University is very expensive. 94.41% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn close to $84,400 per year, which is 103% above the national median.

Durham, NC

WWW.DUKE.EDU

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

18,159

Students

#6

Ranking

$55,880

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#18 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

Dartmouth College

#19 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Dartmouth College is a mid-sized private university located in Hanover, NH ranked 14th in the US. It has a total of 4,797 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.93% acceptance rate. Dartmouth College offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,605 per year, Dartmouth College is extremely expensive. 90.38% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home more or less $75,500 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

#14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

United States Naval Academy

#20 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Annapolis, MD

www.usna.edu

A

Rating

8%

Acceptance

4,512

Students

#150

Ranking

-

Tuition

Rice University

#21 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Rice University is a mid-sized private university located in Houston, TX ranked 22nd in the US. It has a total of 4,145 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 8.72% acceptance rate. Rice University offers 150 different majors and is best known for its Biochemistry, Fitness Administration, and Cognitive Science programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $48,330 per year, Rice University is exceptionally pricey. 85.71% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make near $65,400 per year, which is 57% over the national median.

Houston, TX

www.rice.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

7,542

Students

#22

Ranking

$48,330

Tuition

Swarthmore College

#22 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Swarthmore College is a small private liberal arts college located in Swarthmore, PA ranked 27th in the United States. It has a total of 1,660 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting around one out of ten applicants. Swarthmore College offers 89 different majors and is best known for its Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Classical and Ancient Studies, and Mathematics programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,256 per year, Swarthmore College is exceptionally expensive. 88.55% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in close to $56,700 per year, which is 37% over the national median.

Swarthmore, PA

www.swarthmore.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

1,660

Students

#27

Ranking

$54,256

Tuition

Northwestern University

#23 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Northwestern University is a very large private university located in Evanston, IL ranked 18th in the US. It has a total of 9,906 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 9.05% of applicants. Northwestern University offers 406 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Journalism, and Drama programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,232 per year, Northwestern University is exceptionally expensive. 76.5% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate roughly $69,000 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

#18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

Bowdoin College

#24 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Bowdoin College is a small private liberal arts college located in Brunswick, ME ranked 34th in the US. It has a total of 1,969 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.05% acceptance rate. Bowdoin College offers 44 different majors and is best known for its African Studies, Asian Studies, and French Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,822 per year, Bowdoin College is very expensive. 91.8% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home more or less $65,500 per year, which is 58% above the national median.

Brunswick, ME

https://www.bowdoin.edu/

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

1,969

Students

#34

Ranking

$55,822

Tuition

Vanderbilt University

#25 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

Vanderbilt University is a large private university located in Nashville, TN ranked 17th in America. It has a total of 6,974 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.12% acceptance rate. Vanderbilt University offers 245 different majors and is best known for its Teacher Education and Professional Development, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Social Sciences programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,800 per year, Vanderbilt University is exceptionally high-priced. 86.73% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $69,000 per year, which is 66% greater than the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.vanderbilt.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

13,634

Students

#17

Ranking

$50,800

Tuition