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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 4.34% 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
4.34%47,4982,0621,69882.35%
2Columbia University in the City of New York
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsNew York, NY
5.45%42,8232,3321,46562.82%
3Harvard University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsCambridge, MA
4.64%43,3302,0091,64982.08%
4University of Chicago
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsChicago, IL
6.17%34,6412,1371,72680.77%
5Yale University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsNew Haven, CT
6.08%36,8442,2411,55069.17%
6Princeton University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsPrinceton, NJ
5.78%32,8041,8951,33570.45%
7Brown University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsProvidence, RI
7.07%38,6742,7331,66260.81%
8Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsCambridge, MA
6.70%21,3121,4271,10277.22%
9Dartmouth College
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsHanover, NH
7.93%23,6501,8751,19063.47%
10Duke University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDurham, NC
7.60%41,9473,1871,73154.31%