2017 Hardest Colleges to Get Into 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

Factor Description Source Weight
Acceptance Rate Percent of applicants accepted. U.S. Dept. of Education 60.0%
SAT/ACT 25th Percentile Composite SAT/ACT (normalized to the same scale) of the 25th percentile of enrolled students. U.S. Dept. of Education 20.0%
SAT/ACT 75th Percentile Composite SAT/ACT (normalized to the same scale) of the 75th percentile of enrolled students. U.S. Dept. of Education 20.0%

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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