The hardest college to get into in every state

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What’s the hardest school to get into in the country? Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, tops Niche’s list.
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With an acceptance rate of just5.8% 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 site Niche.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%.

Business Insider used Niche’s state filter to find out which college is the hardest to get into in each of America’s 50 states and the District of Columbia. Niche reports that a few states (Alaska, Delaware, Nevada, and Wyoming) are missing from the ranking because they don’t have data for enough colleges.

Scroll through to find out the most selective college in each state.


Alabama: Spring Hill College

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Via Flickr

Acceptance rate: 46.3%


Arizona: Arizona Christian University

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Facebook/Arizona Christian University

Acceptance rate: 60.8%


Arkansas: University of Arkansas

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UArk.edu

Acceptance rate: 58.6%


California: California Institute of Technology

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 10.6%


Colorado: United States Air Force Academy

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 15.4%


Connecticut: Yale University

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Francisco Anzola/Flickr

Acceptance rate: 7.1%


District of Columbia (D.C.): Georgetown University

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Reuters

Acceptance rate: 17%


Florida: University of Miami

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 40.4%


Georgia: Emory University

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 26.3%


Hawaii: Brigham Young University at Hawaii

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Facebook/BYU Hawaii

Acceptance rate: 36%


Idaho: Northwest Nazarene University

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Facebook/Northwest Nazarene University

Acceptance rate: 61.7%


Illinois: University of Chicago

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Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski

Acceptance rate: 8.8%


Indiana: University of Notre Dame

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Notre Dame Admissions/Facebook

Acceptance rate: 22.3%


Iowa: Grinnell College

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Facebook/grinnellcollegealumni

Acceptance rate: 35.1%


Kansas: Newman University

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Facebook/Newman University

Acceptance rate: 44.7%


Kentucky: Berea College

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Facebook/Berea College

Acceptance rate: 34%


Louisiana: Tulane University

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Flickr / Tulane Public Relations

Acceptance rate: 26.4%


Maine: Bowdoin College

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 15%


Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 18.1%


Massachusetts: Harvard University

Acceptance rate: 5.8%


Michigan: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 33.3%


Minnesota: Carleton College

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 21%


Mississippi: Millsaps College

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 47.5%


Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

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Facebook/Washington University in St. Louis

Acceptance rate: 15.6%


Montana: Carroll College

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Facebook/Carroll College

Acceptance rate: 53.0%


Nebraska: Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

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Google street view

Acceptance rate: 33.3%


New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

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Via Flickr

Acceptance rate: 9.8%


New Jersey: Princeton University

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REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Acceptance rate: 7.4%


New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

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wikipedia public domain

Acceptance rate: 41.4%


New York: Columbia University

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Wikimedia Commons / Momos

Acceptance rate: 7.4%


North Carolina: Duke University

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Flickr / Matt Phillips

Acceptance rate: 13.4%


North Dakota: Minot State University

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 56.6%


Ohio: Oberlin College

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Flickr/chicabrandita

Acceptance rate: 30.4%


Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 40.6%


Oregon: Reed College

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Via Flickr

Acceptance rate: 48.5%


Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 12.2%


Rhode Island: Brown University

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 9.2%


South Carolina: Clemson University

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 57.9%


South Dakota: Augustana College

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 68.1%


Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 12.7%


Texas: Rice University

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Shu-Wei Hsu/Flickr

Acceptance rate: 16.7%


Utah: Brigham Young University

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Facebook/BYU

Acceptance rate: 49.4%


Vermont: Middlebury College

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Flickr/cogdogblog

Acceptance rate: 17.2%


Virginia: Washington & Lee University

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 18.4%


Washington: Whitman College

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Via Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 57.0%


West Virginia: Ohio Valley University

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Facebook/Ohio Valley University

Acceptance rate: 36.4%


Wisconsin: Marquette University

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Wikimedia Commons

Acceptance rate: 57.5%