What College Has the Lowest Acceptance Rate – Ever wondered which institute is the toughest nut to crack? It’s a valid question. There are quite a few colleges out there that are pretty picky when it comes to accepting folks. Stick around, and we’ll spill the beans on these choosy colleges so you can take your pick.

What College Has the Lowest Acceptance Rate

Who Has the Lowest Acceptance Rate?

Guess what’s making waves? Harvard University is making headlines for having the lowest overall admission rate for the Class of 2027 among the schools that spilled the beans on their data (credit to Chensiyuan for the image).

Now, if you’re itching to know which American universities are the cream of the crop when it comes to being super selective, you’re in for a treat. We’ve got the lowdown on the overall admission rates for the Class of 2027 at some of the most picky national universities in the United States.

And just to keep it real, if a school is keeping its admission rate under wraps, no worries; we’ll spill the beans as soon as that information drops through The Common Data Set. So, stay tuned for the inside scoop!


Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rates

College/University US News 2023 Rank Class of 2027       Overall Admission Rate

Harvard University                             #3                                    3.41%

Columbia University                        #18                                       3.93%

Yale University                                  #3                                         4.35%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology #2                                4.68%

University of Chicago                     #6                                            5%

Brown University                           #13                                            5.08%

Vanderbilt University                    #13                                            5.61%

Duke University                            #10                                             6%

Dartmouth College                      #12                                             6.07%

Northwestern University            #10                                            7%

Rice University                             #15                                             7.7%

Princeton University                  #1                                              Not Yet Published

Stanford University                    #3                                             Not Yet Published

Johns Hopkins University       #7                                              Not Yet Published

University of Pennsylvania     #7                                              Not Yet Published

California Institute of Technology #9                                     Not Yet Published

Washington University in St. Louis #15                                 Not Yet Published

Cornell University #17                                                               Not Yet Published

Let’s take a peek at the acceptance rates of some top-notch universities:

Stanford University

Stanford set a record-low overall admission rate of 3.68% for the Class of 2026. However, they’re keeping mum about the rate for the class of 2027.

If they want to outdo Harvard’s rate, they’ve got to aim for an even more competitive benchmark. Although, let’s be real, expecting it to dip below Harvard’s might be a bit too much.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT spilled the beans on their overall admission rate for the Class of 2027—it’s 4.68%. That’s a drop from the previous year, thanks to a 20% decrease in applications. Even though MIT hit a record-low rate of 3.96% for the Class of 2026, they still couldn’t top Harvard’s 3.19%.

Duke University

Duke University is hanging in the game with an overall admission rate of 6% for the Class of 2027, a smidge lower than the 6.2% for the Class of 2026. While Duke is keeping it seriously competitive, it’s not in the same league as Harvard.


Northwestern University

Northwestern University kept things steady with a 7% overall acceptance rate for the Class of 2027, matching the rate for the Class of 2026.

However, Northwestern isn’t in the race for the title of having the lowest overall admission rate among the top American universities. They’re holding their own but not aiming for the absolute lowest.

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