The colleges in this list are highly prestigious and known worldwide for providing a high-quality environment to its students. But, dreaming of getting into these universities is much easier than actually getting admitted in it. Even if one gets admitted, then without a scholarship or the case that you are very wealthy its nearly impossible to study here without getting yourself into some serious financial debt. Let’s take a look at these world-class institutions.
Despite being one of the oldest colleges in the States to allow admission to students regardless of their religion and race, this college founded in 1821 took more than a century to become a coeducational institution. The most notable events of this college are the graduation of the first African American student in the year 1826 and employing women professors in the year 1962. The criteria to get admission in this college is an acceptance rate of 14%.
Cornell University struck fame from its very first year itself, ranking no1 in the aspect of having the biggest entering class. It has a unique achievement of being the first college in the United States to have both men and women as students. Getting admission in this college is very tough as it has an acceptance rate of 15%.
Harvey Mudd College
This college has seen both the lows and currently soaring highs. The institution was not a revelation when it was opened in the year 1957. But, now it is one of the most elite college providing state of the art facilities to the students. From temporary classrooms even at the homes of the professors to establishing an acceptance rate of 13%, this college has come a long way to become one of the top liberal arts colleges.
This college had a very humble beginning with a total strength of 10 students and 2 faculties. This was the situation when it was founded in the year 1853 spread across 379 acres of land. Now, it has transformed into a world-class university, with very difficult admission criteria. It has an acceptance rate of 13% and has 12 schools and 3 campuses.
Interestingly, when this college was established in the year 1963 it was an all in all women’s college. Being among the seven Claremont Colleges, it became coeducational in the year 1970. Currently, be it, men or women, getting admission in this college is an uphill task as it has an acceptance rate of 13%.
Compared to all other colleges this one has a relatively low acceptance rate of 10%. Established in the year 1887, it made a decision to form a consortium now known as Seven Claremont Colleges in the year 1920. At that time they had the option of being a small college or expand, and you have the answer. Interestingly, in its initial days, it was aNew England type college.
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
It is a pioneer institution in the field of engineering. Not many years have passed since its inception being established in the year 2000. Created by The F.W Olin Foundation with the purpose of providing quality engineering education, it has now also specialized in business, creativity, and other relevant skills. This college has an acceptance rate of 12%.
This private liberal arts college was established in the year 1794. It is located in the town of Brunswick, Maine. It is spread across 318 acres of land and has an acceptance rate of 15%. It ranked sixth in the 2017 list of liberal colleges in the US. It was originally provided students the option to choose from 33 majors.
This college has had a controversial past being the subject of a U.S Supreme Court Case in the year 1816. But it was this case which helped this college established in the year 1769 provide greater authority to private institutions. Situated in Hanover, New Hampshire, this college was built with the intention to educate Native Americans. It has an acceptance rate of 11%.
Starting with a very humble beginning, Duke University was established in the year 1838. It had only one small schoolhouse at that time. But, now the scenario is completely different and with over 14,500 students this college has become one of the most reputed colleges in the United States. Known for its basketball team, this college has an acceptance rate of 11%.
Claremont McKenna College
Part of the Claremont University Consortium, this private liberal arts college was established in the year 1946. Initially, only men were admitted to this college, but in the year 1976, it became coeducational. This college is located in California and has an acceptance rate of 11%. Due to its high-class education facilities, it is ranked among the top 20 colleges in the USA.
University of Pennsylvania
This is officially America’s first university. Many students who studied here later turned out to become billionaires. It was the vision of Benjamin Franklin to turn Franklin’s College of Philadelphia into the University of Pennsylvania in order to prepare students for a career in business and public service sector. Established in the year 1791 this college has an acceptance rate of 10%.
University of Chicago
Being ranked among one of the best colleges in the USA is a common phenomenon for this college. Established by the American Baptist Education Society and with the help of donations from John D. Rockefeller in the year 1890. It is known for providing high-class education and facilities to students in the field of arts and sciences. It has an acceptance rate of 8%.
California Institute of Technology
You can’t undermine the quality of this college just by witnessing the fact that it is small in size. It is known for being one of the best universities in the world in the field of science and engineering. Also known as Caltech, it was established in the year 1891 by Amos G. Throop. It has a list of very successful alumni’s and has an acceptance rate of 9%.
This college has achieved a lot since its establishment in the year 1764. This college located in Providence, Rhode Island is unique in its own way being the first college to allow students of all religion. Having an acceptance rate of just 9% surely makes sense as this college has given the world 8 billionaire and 7 Nobel Prize winner graduates. Known for its un-orthodoxness, it’s an Ivy League college.
Known for its strict academic curriculum, Vanderbilt University has carved out a niche for itself. Founded in the year 1873, this college was initially a part of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Despite, the fact that it has never been listed as a coeducational institute, women have never been prohibited from getting admission in here. Situated in Nashville, Tennessee, this college has an acceptance rate of 12%.
College of the Ozarks
This college motivates its students to work as hard as they can, because of this vision around 1,400 students studying in this college don’t pay tuition fees as they are part of student work programs. Located at Point Lookout in Missouri, this college was established in the year 1907. A liberal arts college, it is spread across 1,000 acres. It got its current name in the year 1990.
United States Naval Academy
Admitting students between the age of 17 and 23, this college is one of America’s best and specializes in providing education to officers for Navy and Marine Corps. One of the oldest colleges is located in Annapolis, Maryland and was established in the year 1845. It has a staggering amount of campuses, precisely 338. It boasts of its 500 faculty members and has an acceptance rate of 7.9%.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
One of the best colleges in the world, this college is credited for producing 82 Noble Laureates and 34 astronauts. The 7.9% acceptance rate proves so. Established in the year 1860 along the banks of the River Charles Basin in Cambridge, this college is spread across 168 acres of land. With its original focus on engineering and physical sciences now it specializes in social and natural sciences too.
This college is extremely difficult to get in. With an acceptance rate of 7.4%, this college established in 1746, took the major decision of becoming coeducational in the year 1969. 2 U.S presidents and 41 Nobel Laureates are the alumni of this college, which has 98% of the students living on the campus. Its an Ivy League college located in Princeton, New Jersey.
Alice Lloyd College
This college established in the year 1923 decided to provide it students four-year bachelor’s degree in the year 1980. Located in Pippa Passes, Kentucky this college was co-founded by Alice Lloyd and June Buchanan. This liberal arts college has an acceptance rate of 7% and promotes its students to indulge in work-study programs. Students work in the cafeteria to even being an office assistant.
With a strength of around 30,000 students, this college is located in Manhattan, New York City. The interesting fact is that it has an astounding amount of around 28% of students from other nations. Established in the year 1754, it was originally named as King’s College. An Ivy League College, it has an acceptance rate of 7% and is comprised of some 20 schools. It is one of the oldest colleges in New York.
Being one of the world’s wealthiest universities, it was established in the year 1701. This makes it one of the oldest in the nation. With a glittering alumni list of 5 U.S presidents and 13 billionaires, it surely proves why it has an acceptance rate of just 6.3%. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, it constitutes 12 schools. It has one of the biggest academic libraries in the national credit to an endowment of $25.6. It is an Ivy League University.
This is one very historic and prestigious college. Established in the year 1636, it is located in Massachusetts and has an unbelievable acceptance rate of just 6%. With the main campus spread across 209 acres, it has been split into 11 academic units. It has produced 8 U.S presidents and 62 living billionaires. It boasts of its university library which is one of the largest in the USA. It has campuses throughout Boston.
With the main campus located in Santa Clara Valley, this college is one of the largest in the nation spread across 8,180 acres. Established in the year 1885 by Leland Stanford, it started admitting students from the year 1891. It is one of the wealthiest university with an endowment of $21.4 billion. It is officially the toughest college to get into with an acceptance rate of just 7%. Obviously, it has also produced some world-class personalities.
United States Military Academy
Students studying from this college have a unique benefit of attaining Bachelor of Science degree as well as learning military leadership. It is one of the oldest colleges in the USA being established in the year 1802 under the vision of President Thomas Jefferson. Known for producing quality students in the field of athletics, this college is located in West Point, New York and has an acceptance rate of 9.5%.
Johns Hopkins University
This college specializes in the field of medicine. The acceptance rate of this college is 14%. It got its name from its first benefactor who helped in the making of this college by donating $7 million. It also has a hospital with the same name. It is a private research university and its medical school is highly reputed.
Established in the year 1912, this college has an acceptance rate of 16% making it the hardest university to get admission in all of Texas. It is spread across 295 acres of land. It boasts about its notable list of alumni which include mostly CEO’s. Its business school is highly reputed. Located in Houston it is linked to various NASA projects.
Washington University of St. Louis
Getting into this college is extremely tough. It was established in the year 1853 and is named after George Washington. It has a notable list of alumni with 25 Nobel laureates. Its law school, social work and public health and medical program are the most prestigious. It has an acceptance rate of 17%.
Established in the year 1793, this private liberal arts college has an acceptable rate of 18%. It is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It got its name from the one who initially invested in it, Ephraim Williams. It has more than 100 buildings and Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni.