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Tightest Colleges to Admit with Lowest Acceptance Rate

The next table lists the tightest (low acceptance rate) U.S. colleges and universities to admit. Those schools have been keeping the acceptance rate in low level in recent years. Stanford University has the lowest acceptance rate as of 5.19% for academic year 2019-2020 in United States. For the ranking, we only include 4-years colleges with at least 1,000 new students (freshmen).
The following table shows the schools that have low acceptance rates with admission statistics and yield, also known as enrollment rate. You may want to check colleges having the highest acceptance rates.
Tightest Colleges to Admit with Lowest Acceptance Rate (2019-2020)
NameAcceptance Rate# of Applicants# of Admitted# of EnrolledYield
1Stanford University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsStanford, CA
5.19%45,2272,3491,60668.37%
2Harvard University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsCambridge, MA
5.01%40,2482,0151,40769.83%
3Princeton University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsPrinceton, NJ
5.63%32,8351,8481,15462.45%
4University of Chicago
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsChicago, IL
7.31%34,3502,5101,84773.59%
5Columbia University in the City of New York
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsNew York, NY
6.66%40,4622,6951,52156.44%
6Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsCambridge, MA
7.26%20,0751,4571,07073.44%
7Yale University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsNew Haven, CT
6.53%35,2202,2991,26454.98%
8Brown University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsProvidence, RI
7.67%36,7932,8221,75662.23%
9Duke University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDurham, NC
7.74%39,6393,0681,58051.50%
10United States Naval Academy
Public, 4 or more yearsAnnapolis, MD
9.08%15,6991,4261,19483.73%