Top 10 Non-Ivy League Colleges with Lowest Acceptance Rates
Prestigious colleges, usually with really high tuition fees, don’t just freely accept anyone into their halls. Many of these schools belong to Ivy League, and have very high standards.
So, if you think that Ivy League schools are the only ones with a very competitive acceptance rate, think again.
Here are the top 10 non-Ivy League colleges that have very low admittance rates.
Non-Ivy League Colleges with Lowest Acceptance Rates
Curtis Institute of Music
It’s a conservatory in Philadelphia, and although not as known as Julliard, the Curtis Institute of Music produces expert musicians in varied genres, where students can obtain a Bachelor of Music or Master of Music in Opera, among others.
It only has a student population of 175 and the school tries to maintain that number ( making Curtis College the most selective in the USA). This school is tuition-free, and it’s only admission requirement? Talent.
The school has an array of world-renowned artists and musicians that work with the students in performing and creating music.
Stanford’s acceptance rate is, on average, 5% (sometimes it’s even lower). It’s a private and prestigious institution in Stanford, California, and has been So even though it’s not an Ivy League school, its high standards make it a highly sought-after university.
Currently admitted students were a little over (that’s just around 4.8% acceptance rate).
US Naval Academy
It’s not a surprise that the USNA is very strict and selective with its applicants. The United States Naval Academy has an admittance rate of 7.9%. There is no GPA minimum requirement to get in, but there are several things the applicant needs to do to get in, and it’s .
Students don’t pay for tuition. Instead, they are paid for studying at USNA, and then become military personnel, upon graduation, for five years.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
It has a 7.9 – 8% acceptance rate, just a little bit more generous than Princeton University. For this year, there were 19,020 applicants, but .
University of Chicago
Usually, University of Chicago’s acceptance rate is around 8%, but this year it was 7.6%, lower than these Ivy league colleges:
- Brown University (9%)
- University of Pennsylvania (9.4%)
- Dartmouth College (10.5%)
- Cornell University (14%)
This year, the college had over 30,000 applicants, with only 2,521 getting admission. The university ranked .
One of the most constantly talked about arts conservatories in real life and in films and TV shows, Juilliard is one of the most selective schools in the country. Juilliard has an admission rate of 8.4% in recent years (it used be as lows as 5.5% years ago). Although the school makes note of academic competence, there is no GPA requirement.
Juilliard, aside from the Curtis Institute of Music, produces the most number of graduates that work with the most famous orchestra and music troupes. It’s not surprising, as every applicant has to audition for their to get accepted.
It was ranked and the , followed closely by schools from Austria and United Kingdom.
Vanderbilt, from Nashville Tennessee, has an acceptance rate of 8.8% for this year, and last fall had more than 6,000 students enrolled. It ranked No. 71 in the CWUR list.
Forbes lists it as . The university has over 500 clubs and organizations, with 15 sororities and 19 frats inside the campus.
California Institute of Technology
The school from Pasadena, California has an acceptance rate of 9%, and ranked No. 11 in the World Ranking.
Although not an Ivy League school, CalTech is one of the most popular and esteemed tech universities in the entire country and the world. In fact, it ranked .
US Military Academy
Like the US Naval Academy, the USMA has an obvious reason to be selective of its applicants. Better known as West Point (as it’s located in West Point, New York), the USMA is the oldest academy for federal services.
Their football matches with longtime rival US Naval Academy are always a spectacular sight. It has a student population of about 4,414, with 9% admission rate. Forbes ranked it No. 14 in the Top Colleges list, but it got the No. 1 spot among Public Colleges, and No. 6 among the Liberal Arts University.
With a 10.4% admission rate and a rank of No. 29 in both the QS and CWUR World University Ranking, constantly raises the stakes with their proactive academic research, outreach activities, and sports involvement.
They also take the lead in medical research and experiment, like their Human Vaccine Institute, one of the country’s most active centers that deal with major diseases like HIV and AIDS.