20 Most Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States

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(By Allen Grove, About.com Guide)

Here you'll find the 20 most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. :

20. Olin College (Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering)
* Acceptance Rate: 18% (2009 data)
* Location: Needham, Massachusetts
* Enrollment: 308
* School Type: Private Engineering College

19. University of Pennsylvania
* Acceptance Rate: 18% (2009 data)
* Location: West Philadelphia
* Enrollment: 24,107 (11,851 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University (Ivy League)

18. United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)
* Acceptance Rate: 17% (2009 data)
* Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
* Enrollment: 4,537
* School Type: Undergraduate Military Academy

17. Swarthmore College
* Acceptance Rate: 17% (2009 data)
* Location: Outside of Philadelphia
* Enrollment: 1,490
* School Type: Private Liberal Arts and Sciences College

16. Amherst College
* Acceptance Rate: 16% (2009 data)
* Location: Western Massachusetts (Five-College Area)
* Enrollment: 1,697
* School Type: Private Liberal Arts and Sciences College

15. Claremont McKenna College
* Acceptance Rate: 16% (2009 data)
* Location: Claremont, California
* Enrollment: 1,212
* School Type: Private Liberal Arts and Sciences College

14. Pomona College
* Acceptance Rate: 16% (2009 data)
* Location: Claremont, California
* Enrollment: 1,532
* School Type: Private Liberal Arts and Sciences College

13. Caltech (California Institute of Technology)
* Acceptance Rate: 15% (2009 data)
* Location: Pasadena, California
* Enrollment: 2,126 (921 undergraduates)
* School Type: Small Private University with Engineering Focus

11. Dartmouth College
* Acceptance Rate: 13% (2009 data)
* Location: Hanover, New Hampshire
* Enrollment: 5,848 (4,147 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University (Ivy League)

10. Brown University
* Acceptance Rate: 11% (2009 data)
* Location: Providence Rhode Island
* Enrollment: 8,318 (6,095 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University (Ivy League)

9. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
* Acceptance Rate: 11% (2009 data)
* Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
* Enrollment: 10,299 (4,153 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private University with Engineering Focus

8. Columbia University
* Acceptance Rate: 11% (2008 data)
* Location: New York, New York
* Enrollment: 23,196 (7,495 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University (Ivy League)

7. Annapolis (United States Naval Academy)
* Acceptance Rate: 10% (2009 data)
* Location: Annapolis, Maryland
* Enrollment: 4,488
* School Type: Undergraduate Military Academy

6. Princeton University
* Acceptance Rate: 10% (2009 data)
* Location: Princeton, New Jersey
* Enrollment: 7,330 (4,878 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University (Ivy League)

5. College of the Ozarks
* Acceptance Rate: 9% (2009 data)
* Location: Point Lookout, Missouri
* Enrollment: 1,334
* School Type: Small Liberal Arts and Sciences Christian Work College

4. Yale University
* Acceptance Rate: 9% (2008 data)
* Location: New Haven, Connecticut
* Enrollment: 10,192 (5,277 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University (Ivy League)

3. Stanford University
* Acceptance Rate: 8% (2009 data)
* Location: Stanford, California
* Enrollment: 17,833 (6,532 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University

2. Cooper Union
* Acceptance Rate: 7% (2009 data)
* Location: New York, New York
* Enrollment: 972 (920 undergraduates)
* School Type: Small College with Engineering and Art Focus

1. Harvard University
* Acceptance Rate: 7% (2009 data)
* Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
* Enrollment: 26,496 (10,156 undergraduates)
* School Type: Private Comprehensive University (Ivy League)

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