The 20 hardest colleges to get into in America

With an acceptance rate of just 5.8% 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 siteNiche.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%.

Take a look at the top 20 hardest colleges to get into in the country:

20. Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Acceptance rate: 14.3% / mid 50% SAT scores: 1990-2300

19. Pomona College (Claremont, California)

Acceptance rate: 13.9% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2040-2310

18. Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

Acceptance rate: 15.3% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2060-2310

16. Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

Acceptance rate: 13.4% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2020-2300

14. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Needham, Massachusetts)

Acceptance rate: 16.9% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2110-2330

13. Washington University in St. Louis

Acceptance rate: 15.6% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2130-2340

12. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Acceptance rate: 12.2% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2030-2310

11. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

Acceptance rate: 9.2% / mid 50% SAT scores: 1990-2310

10. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

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Acceptance rate: 12.7% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2070-2330

9. Dartmouth University (Hanover, New Hampshire)

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Acceptance rate: 9.8% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2030-2350

8. University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

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Acceptance rate: 8.8% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2100-2360

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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Acceptance rate: 8.2% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2090-2350

6. Stanford University (Stanford, California)

Acceptance rate: 5.7% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2080-2350

5. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)

Acceptance rate: 10.6% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2160-2380

4. Columbia University (New York, New York)

Acceptance rate: 7.4% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2100-2360

2. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

Acceptance rate: 7.1% / mid 50% SAT scores: 2110-2380

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