Harvey Mudd College
Since its inception in 1957, Harvey Mudd College has come a long way. It went from using temporary classrooms, which also acted as homes to professors, to becoming one of the most prestigious liberal arts schools in the country. Of the large group of students that apply each year, only 13% are accepted. This totals to a new freshman class of approximately 800 students.
Unlike Harvey Mudd College, Cornell University has been considered one of the best schools since its inception in 1865. Along with having a notable education system, it is known for being a social crusader as it was one of the first colleges to accept both men and women. Today, Cornell University has an acceptance rate of 14%. Amongst that 14% have been celebrities such as Jane Lynch, Christopher Reeve, and Gillian Anderson.
When Amherst College was founded in 1821, it immediately allowed students of all different backgrounds to attend. It did not matter your race or religion; if you were academically eligible, you could study at Amherst College. However, this excluded women until 1975. Today, the college has an acceptance rate of 14%.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt was originally founded in 1873 as part of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Although women were not officially excluded from applying, the school was not originally listed as a coeducational institution. Luckily, today that is not the case as both men and women attend. The university has an acceptance rate of only 11%.
In 1853, the founders of this university purchased 379 acres of land. Only a few short years later, they opened the university with a class of just ten students and two faculty members. Today, that number has increased to over 8,000 undergraduate students who were at at the top 11% of their application pool. Notable alumni include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Schwimmer, and Stephen Colbert.
Pitzer College is one of the seven Claremont Colleges. It was founded in 1963 as a liberal arts college for only women. However, since the 1970s, it has been a coeducational institution. Pitzer College, located in California, has always been extremely selective with its student body. Today, it has an acceptance rate of only 13%.
Pomona College was created in 1887 and is another one of the seven Claremont Colleges. It was one of the original schools to help create the Claremont Colleges consortium back in 1920. Pomona College has always been regarded as a prestigious learning institution and continues to have a meager acceptance rate of only 9%.
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
If you considered or are considering entering the field of engineering, you most likely know about the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Despite only being founded in 1997, it has become one of the best engineering schools in the country. Only the top students get accepted from across the globe with the measly acceptance rate of 8.8%.
Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 as an institution to educate Native Americans. In 1819, it came under scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that ruled that private education institutions are independent of the federal government. Only 11% of applicants are accepted. Amongst the graduates of Dartmouth are famous people such as Dr. Seuss, Connie Britton, and Mindy Kaling.
When Duke University was founded in 1838, it started with one single building. Today, it sprawls across several thousand acres and has an enrollment of over 6,000 undergraduate students. Today, it is not only renowned for its prestigious education system but also for its men’s basketball team. Those looking to attend must be in the top 9% of the application pool.
Claremont McKenna College
Claremont McKenna College was founded in 1946. However, it did not accept women until 1976. Despite only recently accepting women, today, it is often ranked as one of the top schools in the U.S. With a student body of just over 1,000 students, the selection committee is very choosy. Claremont McKenna College has an acceptance rate of approximately 9%.
University of Pennsylvania
The mastermind behind the University of Pennsylvania was the founding father, Benjamin Franklin. Originally called Franklin’s College of Philadelphia, the school was the first public university in the United States. The name switched to the University of Pennsylvania around 1780. Statistically, this school has produced more billionaires than any other U.S. college. With such a renowned education, thousands apply, but only the top 9% get accepted. The school has many notable alumni such as Elizabeth Banks, John Legend, and Sharon Stone.
United States Military Academy
President Thomas Jefferson founded the United States Military Academy in 1802. The coeducation institution was created to not only give the student’s the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree but also receive military training. Receiving such an education is very popular, and the school receives thousands of applications each year. However, only 10% of applicants are accepted.
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago was established in 1890 through donations by John Rockefeller to the American Baptist Education Society. Although it offers a wide variety of degrees, it is best known for its arts and sciences programs. The competition is steep as the University of Chicago is highly selective with an acceptance rate of 8%.
California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology, affectionately known as Cal Tech, was founded by Amos G. Throop in 1891. As the nickname infers, the school puts its emphasis on science and engineering. It is considered one of the best universities in the world for the sciences, and it has a long list of admirable alumni in their respective field. Cal Tech only accepts 8% of its applicants.
Located in Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University was founded in 1764. Since its inceptions, students of all religions have been accepted. It is one of the eight Ivy League schools and is therefore extremely competitive. With just an acceptance rate of 9%, it is no surprise that many of its alum go on to do incredible things. Its alumni include 8 billionaire graduates, 7 Nobel Prize winners, and many celebrities such as Emma Watson and John Krasinski.
College of the Ozarks
The College of the Ozarks may not be known to most people. However, it is one of the toughest school to get accepted as it is tuition free. Established in 1907, students not only attend school full-time but also participate in work programs. Therefore, through working as well as donations students are able to attend tuition-free. The school has an acceptance rate of 12%.
United States Naval Academy
Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the United States Naval Academy has educated and trained thousands of the country’s top Navy and Marine service members. It is the second oldest of the service academies and is considered one of the toughest to get accepted. In order to be a part of the 9% accepted applicants, one must be between the ages of 17 and 23.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been providing an award-winning education since 1860. Better known as M.I.T., the school sits on 168 acres and is situated on the River Charles Basin bank. With an acceptance rate of 7.9%, it has turned out several leading experts in the fields of science and technology.
Princeton University is one of the oldest universities in the country. The Ivy League school was founded in 1746 and today, offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Not only is it considered one of the best in the country, but one of the best schools in the world. However, a student must be at the top level as only 6.5% of applicants are accepted each year. Not alumni include a few U.S. Presidents and other celebrities such as Michelle Obama, David Duchovny, and Ellie Kemper.
Alice Lloyd College
Co-founded by Alice Lloyd and June Buchanan in 1923, Alice Lloyd College is one of the eight work colleges in the U.S. This means that every student is required to participate in its work-study program. Jobs will vary but can include duties such as office assistant or cafeteria worker. Although it didn’t start offering a four-year bachelor’s degree until the 1980s, it is still one of the most difficult schools to get into with an acceptance rate of 7%.
Columbia University is not only located in one of the most sought-after locations in the country, but it also offers a world-renowned education. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, it is the oldest higher education institution in New York. Although it has a large student body of 30,000, its acceptance rate is still very low at only 6%. Not only must applicant compete with U.S. students, but Columbia is also a hot choice for international students.
This Ivy league school, located in New Haven, Connecticut, was founded in 1701. The university is made up of 12 constituent schools with each school creating its own curriculum. With an endowment fund of $25.6 billion, it is no surprise that its facilities and education are considered one of the best in the country. Only 6.3% of applicants are accepted. Notable alumni include Edward Norton and Claire Danes.
When most people think of prestigious schools that are difficult to get into, most people immediately think of Harvard University. Most people would be correct in this thinking as only 5.4% of applicants are submitted. The school was founded in 1636 and is the oldest higher education institution in the country. The school has educated 8 U.S. Presidents and over 60 living billionaires.
With an endowment fund of $21.4 billion, Standford University boasts one of the best education and university facilities in the country. Although it is not considered one of the eight Ivy League schools, it certainly rivals anything they have to offer. With an acceptance rate of just 4.8%, only the elite can attend this school.
Johns Hopkins University
John Hopkins University is a private research university that is linked to the John Hopkins Hospital. The university’s school of medicine is world-renowned and is the most sought-after school for those dreaming of becoming doctors. John Hopkins University has an acceptance rate of 11%.
Washington University Of St. Louis
Washington University Of St. Louis is a private research institution that is known for its law, social work and public health schools. However, it offers degrees in several other concentrations, as well. Since its inception in 1853, it has produced an unbelievable 25 Nobel laureates. Only 16% of applicants are accepted each year.
Located in Texas, Rice only accepts 14% of its hopeful applicants each year. Based in Houston and founded in 1912, Rice University is considered one of the best colleges in the state. The university is highly coveted by future science leaders as the school has been directly linked to several NASA projects. Many graduates of the school have used their education to become CEOs for top U.S. companies.
Founded in 1794, this private liberal arts college’s acceptance rate gets lower every year. Bowdoin College offers 33 majors and is spread across 318-beautiful acres. With its picturesque landscape, it attracts thousands of applicants each year. However, only 14% are accepted. It was recently ranked as the 6th top liberal arts school in the country.
Williams College is located in Williamstown, Massachusettes and is a private liberal arts school. Founded in 1793, it was named after its original investor Ephraim Williams. Williams College is best known for its humanities majors and has produced several Pulitzer Prize winners. Only 17% of applicants get accepted into the college.