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The Most Competitive College in Each State

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The difficulty of getting into the most competitive college in your state can vary widely depending on where you live. Below is a list of the most competitive colleges and universities in each state. Acceptance rates are in parenthesis (data collected from startclass.com).

1. Alabama – Oakwood University (34.3%)
2. Alaska – Alaska Pacific University (37.4%)
3. Arizona – Grand Canyon University (54.8%)
4. Arkansas – University of Arkansas (27.7%)
5. California – Stanford University (5.1%)
6. Colorado – Colorado College (22.3%)
7. Connecticut – Yale University (6.5%)
8. Delaware – Delaware State University (41.7%)
9. Florida – Edward Waters College (27.3%)
10. Georgia – Albany State University (19.9%)
11. Hawaii – Brigham Young University (36%)
12. Idaho – Northwest Nazarene University (61.7%)
13. Illinois – University of Chicago (8.8%)
14. Indiana – University of Notre Dame (22.3%)
15. Iowa – Grinnell College (35.1%)
16. Kansas – Sterling College (44.1%)
17. Kentucky – Berea College (34%)
18. Louisiana – Tulane University (26.4%)
19. Maine – Bowdoin College (14.9%)
20. Maryland – Johns Hopkins University (18.1%)
21. Massachusetts – Harvard University (5.3%)
22. Michigan – University of Michigan (33.3%)
23. Minnesota – Carleton College (21%)
24. Mississippi – Rust College (13.9%)
25. Missouri – Wash U in St. Louis (15.6%)
26. Montana – Carroll College (53%)
27. Nebraska – York College (48.9%)
28. Nevada – Nevada State College (50.4%)
29. New Hampshire – Dartmouth College (10.3%)
30. New Jersey – Princeton University (7%)
31. New Mexico – New Mexico Institute of Mining (41.4%)
32. New York – Columbia University (6.2%)
33. North Carolina – Duke University (13.4%)
34. North Dakota – Dickinson State University (48.7%)
35. Ohio – Oberlin College (30.4%)
36. Oklahoma – University of Tulsa (40.6%)
37. Oregon – Corban College (32.3%)
38. Pennsylvania – University of Pennsylvania (9.9%)
39. Rhode Island – Brown University (8.5%)
40. South Carolina – Lander University (42.2%)
41. South Dakota – Presentation College (66.1%)
42. Tennessee – Vanderbilt University (12.7%)
43. Texas – Rice University (16.7%)
44. Utah – Brigham Young University – Provo (49.4%)
45. Vermont – Middlebury College (17.2%)
46. Virginia – Washington and Lee University (18.4%)
47. Washington – University of Washington (55.2%)
48. West Virginia – Ohio Valley University (36.4%)
49. Wisconsin – Mount Mary University (54%)
50. Wyoming – University of Wyoming (95.7%)



Shaan Patel

Shaan Patel is the founder of Prep Expert Test Preparation (formerly 2400 Expert), a #1 bestselling SAT prep author, an MD/MBA student at Yale and USC, and winner of an investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect and teaches students his methods in an online SAT prep class.