How Hard Is It to Get into College?

The answer to this question depends on the school you want to go to. Local community colleges will take just about any student who is willing to pay tuition. Private universities are much more selective. This is especially true when it comes to elite colleges that offer programs that are considered exclusive. Here are some of the toughest schools to get into.

Schools with the Lowest Acceptance Rates

According to US News, there were 53 colleges in the US that accepted 20% or fewer of the applications they received for the fall 2016 semester. Some of the schools included the very popular University of Notre Dame, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), Georgetown, Cornell, John Hopkins, and Duke. The most exclusive 19 schools in the country accepted 10% or fewer of applicants. This includes ivy league schools and other very elite colleges such as Brown, Princeton, Julliard School, Yale, and Columbia. In fact, schools like Harvard and Stanford only accepted 5% of the students who attempted to enroll.

Preparation Is Required to Get into Elite Schools

If the school you were hoping to attend is on the list, that means early planning is a must. You need to have an application that will attract the attention of the admissions officer. You also need to start financial planning early because the most elite schools are often the most expensive.

College Planning Source is here to help, whether you are hoping to get into an ivy league school or a local state educational institution. Contact us today by calling 858.676.0700 or by submitting the form on our contact page.

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