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These Are the Hardest Colleges to Get Into, According to a New Ranking

You're going to need more than a perfect SAT score and a 4.0 for these elite universities.
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Getting into college is now more competitive than ever before—particularly for students who dream of attending Harvard, where just five percent of applicants receive acceptance letters. The university was recently named America's most difficult school to get into for the second year in a row, according to a new ranking from the educational institution data company Niche.

This week, Niche released its latest ranking of the hardest colleges to get into in America, a list that is "based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores, using data from the U.S. Department of Education."

The ranking compared more than 1,600 top colleges and universities in the United States. Here are the top 10:

1. HARVARD UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS


2. STANFORD UNIVERSITY, PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA


3. CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA


4. YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT


5. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY


6. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS


7. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS


8. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, NEW YORK


9. VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE


10. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA


To see the full list, check out Niche.com.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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