All you Grad/Under grad students must already know getting an acceptance letter from a university in the United States is no easy feat.

Even with your 4.0 GPA and all the requirements of a good profile, sometimes it’s just not enough to get into these schools. You will need an additional brilliant SAT score before you can even think of applying, not to forget the exquisite tuition fee you are about to pay. While we are speaking of university and tuition, let’s also speak about the Top 25 Universities in the United States.

Some of the more well-known schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. If you are already at one of the top 25’s, count your blessings! Here’s looking at the TOP 25

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

HARVEY MUDD

Harvey Mudd dates to 1957 and hasn’t always been the famous institution it is today. Back in the day the classrooms were temporary, most in homes of the professors with a lower acceptance rate.

They didn’t not have the required infrastructure a good university needs to have. However, the facts have changed with time, today Harvey Mudd has a 13% acceptance rate and it is one of the top liberal art colleges in the United States.

 

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

With an acceptance rate of 15% Cornell University was established in 1865 and has had the biggest batch than any other American Universities. However, this lasted only their first year.

The University has known to set example for a lot of inspiring students – also being the one of the firsts to have female and male students.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

AMHERST COLLEGE

Founded as early as in 1821 Amherst College did break stereotypes and accepted students regardless of their race or religion. They gave an equal platform/opportunity to students who fared well.

In fact it was the first time some of the African American students had graduated that year, and it was until 1962 the college started to give preference to female professors. In 1975 they became a co-educational system with an acceptance rate of 14%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

One of the most prestigious of the lot, Vanderbilt University was found in 1873 in Nashville, Tennessee. They followed a Methodist episcopal church and although they weren’t officially co-ed, they didn’t stop women from enrolling.

Their acceptance rate is that of 12% and they are a highly respected institution.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

NORTHWESTERN

379 acres of land was purchased by the founders of Northwestern University in 1853. A few years later the university opened with ten students and a handful faculty members.

Now it is one of the most renown Universities in the United States, with students across 12 schools and 3 campuses. Getting into this school is a task and their acceptance rate stands at 13%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

PITZER COLLEGE

Pitzer College is one of the seven Claremont colleges and it was found in 1963. The liberal arts college was initially an all women school and it was transformed to co educational in 1970.

This College in California has an acceptance rate of 13%, making it tougher to get in.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

POMONA COLLEGE

Pomona is another one from the seven Claremont Colleges. Established in 1887 as a New England genre school.

In 1920s founders contemplated if they should continue to serve as a small-scale institution or go wide scale. During that time, it set up the Claremont colleges consortium and now they have an acceptance rate of just 10%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

FRANKLIN W.OLIN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

The National Science foundation paved a pathway for engineering students. F.W Olin foundation worked closely together to create a college that would help Engineering students. Apart from Engineering they also looked at other departments like business and creativity.

It wasn’t until 2000 that this college became operational with an acceptance rate of 12%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Established way back in 1769 Dartmouth is situated in Hanover, New Hampshire and it was primarily intended to Native Americans. Soon after it’s establishment it was subjected to a Supreme court case and this particular case helped provide greater autonomy to private institutions as the state would less interfere.

Dartmouth college now has an acceptance rate of 11%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

DUKE UNIVERSITY

Duke University started out as a small school house in 1838 and it has come a long way, with many locations and names on various occasions.

As opposed to it’s lowkey past it has over 14,500 students enrolled and an acceptance rate of 11%. Ranked one of the best in USA and mainly famous for its basketball team.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE

Claremont McKenna College was found in 1946 and it was originally a men’s college, but it converted to COED in 1976. The private liberal arts college is in California and has over 1,000 undergraduate students. Ranked among the top 20 colleges in the states, it has an acceptance rate of 11%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Thanks to Benjamin Franklin’s idea of higher education and the idea of preparing student for business and public service careers, Franklin’s college of Philadelphia turned into University of Pennsylvania.

Happened between 1779 and 1791 making it America’s first university. It has produced most successful billionaires than other universities, especially at an undergraduate level.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

Located in New York, the United States Military Academy is coeducational, and it started out as early as 1802 following the league of Thomas Jefferson.

This university focused on students who could attain a Bachelor of Science as well learn military leadership and take part in competitive athletics. Getting accepted isn’t easy at all.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

The University of Chicago started as early as 1890. Founded by the American Baptist education society.

Let’s also thank John D Rockefeller’s donation that made this a reality! UOC has a lot of departments and it is famously known for arts and sciences. The university frequently ranks as the best and has notable alumni in various fields. Acceptance rate is as low as 8%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Also known as Caltech, it was founded by Amos G. Throop in 1891. It is comparatively new and is often referred to as one of the best universities.

It does also have a credible list of alumni who have made it. The acceptance rate is around 9%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown is one of the oldest universities in the United states, founded in 1764. Located in Rhode Island it was the very first to accept students of all religions. It is an Ivy League and getting accepted into Brown is a big deal.

It has an acceptance rate of just 9%. The university has several credible notable alumni including 8 billionaire graduates.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS

College of the Ozarks is a renown liberal arts college with 1,000-acre campus at Missouri.

1,400 students approximately go to this school and they have a variety of student work program. Established in 1907, Ozarks college has a tradition of making students work part time, instead of just paying tuition. Well, that’s interesting!

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

The United States Naval Academy is located in Maryland and was founded in 1845. 

Out of the five service national academies, Naval academy is the second oldest. It offers education to students who are training to be in the Navy and Marine Corps. With a 338 acre campus, the Naval academy stands as a historic landmark. It is one of America’s best with a faculty number of 500. Each year only 7.9% applicants are accepted.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Also known as MIT, this private research institute was found in 1860.

The 168 acre campus is located on the river Charles basin. Considered one of the finest universities in the world, it has five schools and one college. It was originally catered for students who are specializing in engineering and physical sciences too. It has now branched out to social and natural sciences too.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Princeton is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United States. It was founded in 1746 and considered an Ivy League. The University provides for both undergraduates and graduate programs. With 500 acres alone for campus, Princeton is in New Jersey and more than 98% students live on campus.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

ALICE LLYOD COLLEGE

Alice Llyod is a liberal arts college co-founded by Alice Llyod and June Buchanan and it is one of the best.

Located in Kentucky, it was earlier known as Caney Junior college during the time it was founded (1923). The school didn’t have a bachelor’s program until the 1980’s. students at the school were required to participate in a work study program and the jobs could vary depending on their interests and vacancies. They had an acceptance rate of 7%.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Columbia is located in Manhattan, New York City, it was founded in 1754.

It is considered an Ivy League and previously called King’s college. It is one of the oldest schools in the state of New York and has a student population of 30,000 students. 28% of the student population are immigrants and the university prides itself on the diverse culture it holds

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale is known for the people who have wealth, it is known for it’s legacy.

Founded in 1701 Yale is the one of the oldest institutions of higher education in our country. situated in New Haven, Connecticut it as a total of 12 schools! Yale is one of the wealthiest universities in the states and it’s assets include a $25.6 billion endowment. The library of the University is the most impressive, with over 15 million volumes.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

I am sure you guys are aware of Harvard, it is undoubtedly the best one of the most prestigious universities in the world with an acceptance rate of 6%, enough to put it in our top 3.

Founded back in 1636 Harvard is the country’s oldest higher educational institution. Split into 11 academic unites and campuses throughout Boston. The main campus measures upto 209 acres and it’s the largest in the United States.

Top 25 Toughest Schools In The United States

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Stanford is one of the toughest schools to crack and it has an acceptance rate of just 7%.

This too is one of the finest educational institutions across the globe. Founded in 1885, it took the founders six years to finally admit the students. The main campus is in Santa Clara Valley and it is the largest in the United States with 8,180 acres. Needless to say it also has an impressive alumni.

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