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2017 Hardest Colleges to Get Into Ranking Methodology

The 2017 Hardest Colleges to Get Into ranking is based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

FactorDescriptionSourceWeight
Acceptance RatePercent of applicants accepted.U.S. Dept. of Education60.0%
SAT/ACT 25th PercentileComposite SAT/ACT (normalized to the same scale) of the 25th percentile of enrolled students.U.S. Dept. of Education20.0%
SAT/ACT 75th PercentileComposite SAT/ACT (normalized to the same scale) of the 75th percentile of enrolled students.U.S. Dept. of Education20.0%

This ranking assesses 1,305 4-year colleges and universities. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

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