30 Of The World's Most Exclusive Universities

Interest January 23, 2019 By Hugo

Getting accepted to these esteemed learning establishments isn't easy. Even a 4.0-grade point average wouldn't be enough. In fact, to have any chance at all, you will be required to possess an awe-inspiring SAT score, a long list of extracurricular activities and perhaps most importantly, a family who can afford the extortionate tuition and accommodation fees.

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Of course, there are always scholarships on offer, but competition for them is fierce, with even the brightest kids in the country unable to be guaranteed a place at some of these schools. Thus, to give you better insight into these uber-competitive colleges, we've compiled a list of the hardest universities to get into, some of which have been calculated by the lowest acceptance rates and the highest SAT and ACT test scores based from data gathered in 2018. 

The list is in no particular oder.


1. Harvey Mudd College

Opened in 1957, Harvey Mudd College's reputation hasn't always been stellar. When it first opened, the classrooms were temporary, while professors even went as far as opening up their homes to students to accommodate the space shortage.

Over 60 years later, however, and Harvey Mudd now has an acceptance rate of only 13%, with only 800 students on its books at one time. One of the seven Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd is one of the most esteemed liberal arts colleges in America.


2. Cornell University

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At just 15%, Cornell University's acceptance rate is one of the lowest in the world. Founded in 1865, it ironically had the biggest entering class of any university in America when it first opened.

As well as boasting Ivy League status, the university is famed for being one of the first US universities to allow both men and women into their classes.

3. Amherst College

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While Cornell was one of the first colleges to open its doors to both sexes, Amherst College made waves when it was founded in 1821 as it allowed students of all religion and races to attend.

Five years later, their first African American student graduated. That said, the college didn't hire female educators until 1962. 

With an acceptance rate of 14%, you need to have some serious brains to win a place here.


4. Vanderbilt University

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Located in the heart of the country music scene, Vanderbilt University is situated in the urban city of Nashville, Tennessee, although its campus is a national arboretum, housing over 300 different species of trees and shrubs. Founded in 1873, the college was initially part of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Today, Vanderbilt has an acceptance rate of just 12% and is lauded for its impressive alumni, which includes 12 governors, seven billionaires, three Nobel Prize laureates, two Vice Presidents of the United States, and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. 

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