Being accepted into a college or university is no small feat, and your degree can have a tremendous influence over your earnings and job prospects. With the premium put on a higher education degree these days, things are as competitive as ever for aspiring high school graduates.
We decided to look at all 50 states plus the District of Columbia to figure out which schools are the hardest to get into. We used resources from Niche, which compiles tons of information about colleges and universities for research purposes.
Niche bases its rankings on U.S. Department of Education data on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT scores. The acceptance rate is weighted the heaviest at 60 percent. When a school that doesn’t have the lowest acceptance rate ranks as the hardest school to get into, we’ve also highlighted the school in the state with the lowest acceptance rate.