2018 Hardest Colleges to Get Into Methodology

The 2018 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 10.0%
SAT/ACT 75th Percentile Composite SAT/ACT (normalized to the same scale) of the 75th percentile of enrolled students. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Student SAT/ACT Scores 25th Percentile Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of the 25th percentile of students. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Student SAT/ACT Scores 75th Percentile Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of the 75th percentile of students. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2015–2017, as self-reported by the colleges. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

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