The hardest college to get into in every state

With an acceptance rate of just 5.8%, Harvard University is America’s hardest college to get into, according to a new list from academic review site

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 in the region.

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

Arizona: Arizona Christian University

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Acceptance rate: 60.8%

Arkansas: University of Arkansas

Acceptance rate: 58.6%

California: California Institute of Technology

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Acceptance rate: 10.6%

Colorado: United States Air Force Academy

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Acceptance rate: 15.4%

Florida: University of Miami

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Acceptance rate: 40.4%

Georgia: Emory University

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Acceptance rate: 26.3%

Hawaii: Brigham Young University, Hawaii

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Acceptance rate: 36%

Idaho: Northwest Nazarene University

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Acceptance rate: 61.7%

Indiana: University of Notre Dame

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Acceptance rate: 22.3%

Iowa: Grinnell College


Acceptance rate: 35.1%

Kansas: Newman University

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Acceptance rate: 44.7%

Kentucky: Berea College

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Acceptance rate: 34%

Maine: Bowdoin College

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Acceptance rate: 15%

Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

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Acceptance rate: 18.1%

Michigan: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Acceptance rate: 33.3%

Minnesota: Carleton College

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Acceptance rate: 21%

Mississippi: Millsaps College

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Acceptance rate: 47.5%

Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

Montana: Carroll College

Acceptance rate: 53.0%

Nebraska: Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

Acceptance rate: 33.3%

New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Acceptance rate: 41.4%

New York: Columbia University

Acceptance rate: 7.4%

North Dakota: Minot State University

Acceptance rate: 56.6%

Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

Acceptance rate: 40.6%

Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

Acceptance rate: 12.2%

Rhode Island: Brown University

Acceptance rate: 9.2%

South Carolina: Clemson University

Acceptance rate: 57.9%

South Dakota: Augustana College

Acceptance rate: 68.1%

Utah: Brigham Young University

Acceptance rate: 49.4%

Virginia: Washington & Lee University

Acceptance rate: 18.4%

Washington: Whitman College

Acceptance rate: 57.0%

West Virginia: Ohio Valley University

Acceptance rate: 36.4%

Wisconsin: Marquette University

Acceptance rate: 57.5%

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