The 10 Most Selective National Colleges

Every student wants to attend a prestigious school, but we all know there are simply not enough spots for them all. The most competitive schools can only accept a small number of the students who apply, so even the most qualified, highest-scoring applicants are often rejected.

Followers of this blog may also notice very little overlap between these colleges and the 10 Colleges with the Highest SAT Scores. You may also notice that these schools have low Undergraduate Enrollment.

Here is the list of the top 10 most selective national colleges in the United States.

#1 Stanford University
Acceptance Rate: 4%
Stanford, California
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,996
2021 US News National College Rank: 6
Tuition and Fees: $56,169

#2 Columbia University
Acceptance Rate: 5%
New York, New York
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,245
2021 US News National College Rank: 3
Tuition and Fees: $64,380

#3 Harvard University
Acceptance Rate: 5%
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,755
2021 US News National College Rank: 2
Tuition and Fees: $54,002

#4 California Institute of Technology
Acceptance Rate: 6%
Pasadena, California
Undergraduate Enrollment: 938
2021 US News National College Rank: 9
Tuition and Fees: $56,862

#5 Princeton University
Acceptance Rate: 6%
Princeton, New Jersey
Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,422
2021 US News National College Rank: 1
Tuition and Fees: $53,890

#6 University of Chicago
Acceptance Rate: 6%
Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,734
2021 US News National College Rank: 6
Tuition and Fees: $59,298

#7 Yale University
Acceptance Rate: 6%
New Haven, Connecticut
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,092
2021 US News National College Rank: 4
Tuition and Fees: $57,700

#8 Brown University
Acceptance Rate: 7%
Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,160
2021 US News National College Rank: 14
Tuition and Fees: $60,696

#9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Acceptance Rate: 7%
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Enrollment: 4,530
2021 US News National College Rank: 4
Tuition and Fees: $53,818

#10 Pomona College
Acceptance Rate: 7%
Claremont, California
Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,717
2021 US News National Liberal Arts College Rank: 4
Tuition and Fees: $54,774

Data sourced from US News.

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