These Are the Hardest Colleges in America to Get Into
Harvard admitted 5.2 percent of applicants to its new class of 2021, a group that includes former first daughter Malia Obama.
Obama and her classmates entered Harvard just after the college was named the most difficult one to get into in America. That's according to Niche, an educational institution data company, which recently released its ranking of the hardest colleges to get into in America.
Harvard bested last year's number-one most difficult school, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, which began in 1881 as Throop University and evolved from teaching classes on zoology and arts and crafts after it started going by its present name in 1921.
Niche's numbers are "based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores using data from the U.S. Department of Education" (which explains why Caltech, with the highest SAT/ACT test scores on the list but not the lowest acceptance rate, came out on top). Here are the top 10 on this year's list:
1. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Stanford University, Stanford, California
3. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
5. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
6. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
7. University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
8. Columbia University, New York, New York
9. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
10. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.