More people are getting higher education than ever before. Enrollment for 18 to 24 year olds rose to 40 percent in 2017. With more than 5,300 colleges in the US, students have plenty to choose from.
College admission counselors are sure to have plenty of choice too. Partly due to the influx of students, college access is now more competitive than ever – especially for students who dream of going to Harvard or Stanford, where only 5 percent of applicants are admitted to the university.
Harvard, in particular, was recently named America’s Hardest School for the third year in a row, according to an updated educational institution ranking by data company Niche. The most recent ranking of the hardest-to-reach colleges in America is based on “Acceptance Rates and SAT / ACT Test Scores Using Data from the US Department of Education.”
The ranking compared more than 1,600 colleges and universities in the United States. Here are the top 10:
1. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
3. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
4. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
5. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
7. University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
8. Columbia University, New York, New York
9. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
10. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The full list is available at Niche.com.
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