The 20 hardest colleges to get into in America

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Harvard is the hardest college to get into in the US.
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With an acceptance rate of just 5.8% and typical SAT scores between 2120 and 2390, Harvard University is America’s hardest college to get into, according to a new list from the academic review siteNiche.com.

The rankings are based on acceptance rates and SAT and ACT scores reported to the US Department of Education. College acceptance rates received a weighted average of 60% in the ranking computation, and SAT/ACT scores received a weighted average of 40%.

Take a look at the top 20 hardest colleges to get into in the country:


20. Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts)

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 14.3% / mid 50% SAT scores: 1990-2300


19. Pomona College (Claremont, California)

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Pomona College/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 13.9% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2040-2310


18. Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

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Northwestern University/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 15.3% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2060-2310


17. Cooper Union (New York, New York)

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Acceptance rate: 7.7% / mid 50% SAT scores: 1880-2230


16. Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

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Duke Engineering/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 13.4% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2020-2300


15. Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California)

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Flickr / CampusGrotto

Acceptance rate: 18.2% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2100-2330


14. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, Massachusetts)

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Facebook/Olin College of Engineering

Acceptance rate: 16.9% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2110-2330


13. Washington University in St. Louis

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Facebook/wustl

Acceptance rate: 15.6% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2130-2340


12. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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Acceptance rate: 12.2% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2030-2310


11. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

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Brown University/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 9.2% / mid 50% SAT scores: 1990-2310


10. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

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Vanderbilt University/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 12.7% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2070-2330


9. Dartmouth University (Hanover, New Hampshire)

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Facebook/Dartmouth

Acceptance rate: 9.8% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2030-2350


8. University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

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Facebook/uchicago

Acceptance rate: 8.8% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2100-2360


7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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Facebook/MITnews

Acceptance rate: 8.2% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2090-2350


6. Stanford University (Stanford, California)

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Linda Cicero via Facebook/stanford

Acceptance rate: 5.7% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2080-2350


5. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)

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YouTube/Ricky Chavez

Acceptance rate: 10.6% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2160-2380


4. Columbia University (New York, New York)

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Columbia University in the City of New York/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 7.4% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2100-2360


3. Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)

Acceptance rate: 7.4% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2120-2390


2. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

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Tony Fiorini/Yale University/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 7.1% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2110-2380


1. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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Acceptance rate: 5.8% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2120-2390