Ivy League admissions decisions are coming out Tuesday afternoon, meaning hundreds of thousands of kids who applied will be getting some big news today.
Although the Ivys are notoriously tough to get into — most have acceptance rates less than 10% — you might be surprised to find that there are other schools that are even more selective.
Here are the other schools that are even more selective than the Ivys, according to statistics about the fall 2014 class compiled by the Washington Post last April. We also used data about the fall 2013 class from US News & World Report when more recent data was not available.
College of the Ozarks — 12.2%*
This Christian college has a lower acceptance rate than Cornell and requires students to show financial need to get accepted. Students work 15 hours a week on campus and get free tuition in return.
Located in southern California, Claremont boasts a competitive program. It ranked 8th best national liberal arts college according to the US News and World Report’s 2015 rankings. Its acceptance rate is lower than Dartmouth’s and Cornell’s.
Alice Lloyd College — 9.4%*
Alice Lloyd is located in rural Kentucky and only has 631 students currently enrolled. Its admissions rate is lower than UPenn’s, Dartmouth’s, and Cornell’s.
California Institute of Technology — 9%
Based in Pasadena, Caltech focuses on science and engineering. Its acceptance rate is lower than than Cornell’s, Dartmouth’s, UPenn’s, and Brown’s.
US Military Academy — 9%*
Also referred to as West Point or Army, cadets enrolled have their tuition paid for by the US Army. In return, they have an active-duty service obligation. Its admissions rate is lower the rates for Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth and Cornell.
The 125-year-old University is situated in Chicago’s Hyde Park community. Its admissions rate is lower than the rates for Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth and Cornell.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology — 8%
MIT’s mascot is the beaver due to the school’s “remarkable engineering and mechanical skill and its habits of industry.” Its admissions rate is lower the rates for Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth and Cornell.
US Naval Academy — 7.4%*
Also referred to as Navy, student enrolled have their tuition paid for by the U.S. Navy, and, in return, they have an active-duty service obligation. This school is more selective than Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Princeton.
Stanford — 5%
Stanford is the most selective college in the US, beating out all Ivy League institutions.
*Indicates data for the fall class of 2013.
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