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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 3.95% for academic year 2021-2022 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 (2021-2022)
NameAcceptance Rate# of Applicants# of Admitted# of EnrolledYield
1Stanford University
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsStanford, CA
3.95%55,4712,1901,75780.23%
2Harvard University
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsCambridge, MA
4.01%57,7862,3181,95184.17%
3Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsCambridge, MA
4.11%33,2401,3651,17786.23%
4Columbia University in the City of New York
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsNew York, NY
4.13%61,1102,5241,64165.02%
5Princeton University
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsPrinceton, NJ
4.38%37,6011,6471,29078.32%
6Yale University
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsNew Haven, CT
5.31%47,2402,5091,78671.18%
7Brown University
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsProvidence, RI
5.51%46,5682,5681,70566.39%
8University of Pennsylvania
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsPhiladelphia, PA
5.87%56,3323,3042,41873.18%
9Duke University
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsDurham, NC
5.89%49,7032,9271,74459.58%
10Dartmouth College
Private (not-for-profit), four-yearsHanover, NH
6.17%28,3561,7501,22169.77%