The Colleges With The Lowest Acceptance Rates

For the Class of 2023, 7 of the 8 Ivy League colleges had overall acceptance rates of less than 8%. Ten other top schools had overall acceptance rates of less than 10%. Remember, there are over 2,500 accredited colleges and universities in the United States.

If you apply to top schools ED/EA, the percentage of applicants admitted appears higher. However, this is due to the recruited athletes, legacies, special cases, and truly world-class applicants who typically apply ED/EA.

Stanford: 4.3% for Class of  2022; no longer reporting admission statistics

Harvard: 4.5%; SCEA 13.44%

Columbia: 5.1%; ED 14.57%

Yale: 5.9%; SCEA 13.19%

Princeton: 5.8%; SCEA 13.93%

University of Chicago: 5.9%; EA 12.12% for Class of 2022

MIT: 6.6%; EA 7.36%

Brown: 6.6%; ED 18.18%

CalTech: 6.6% for Class of 2022

Duke: 7.4%; ED 18.18%

U Penn: 7.4%; ED 17.99%

Dartmouth: 7.9%; ED 23.2%

Northwestern: 8.4% for Class of 2022; ED 25% for Class of 2022

Rice: 8.7%; ED 19%

Swarthmore: 8.7%; ED 28%

Bowdoin: 8.9%; ED 23%

Johns Hopkins: 9.2%; ED 31%

Cornell: 10.6%; ED 22.65%

These numbers reveal the importance of applying to schools where your chance of acceptance is greater than 10-25%. We strongly recommend everyone apply to at least one school with an 80% or better chance of acceptance.