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The hardest colleges to get into by state

24/7 Wall St. Logo By Angelo Young of 24/7 Wall St. | Slide 1 of 51: Having a college education may be more important than ever before. On average, workers with a college education earn more than those with less education and are less likely to lose their jobs or face long periods of unemployment.
Applying for college is a major undertaking, with no guarantee of acceptance. Acceptance rates are often considered an approximation for exclusivity, and in general, it can be expected that a school with a lower acceptance rate will provide a better education and a more prestigious degree.
While acceptance rates and SAT scores offer a good indication of a university’s prestige, they are not the only factors to take into consideration. The desired career might point a student to a state university that offers a specialty program, even if the university has an acceptance rate that is higher than an elite private university. As with many important life choices, the more research the better.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed education data across thousands of four-year, degree-granting institutions from the National Center for Education Statistics and other sources to determine each state’s most selective college. We indexed acceptance rates, as well as SAT and ACT scores of admitted students, to measure the difficulty of being accepted to those universities and colleges.
Some states have large elite universities that receive tens of thousands of applications and accept only a fraction of them. Other schools on this list are small, expensive private institutions.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed higher education data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to determine the most selective public or private four-year, degree-granting institution in each state. We indexed both acceptance rates and SAT test scores of admitted students to measure the difficulty of being accepted. The annual net price listed is for full-time, first-time undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who received grant or scholarship aid from federal, state, local, or institutional sources, and is generated by subtracting the amount of aid from the total cost of attendance, which is the sum of published tuition, required fees, books and supplies, the average room and board, and other expenses.

The hardest colleges to get into by state

Having a college education may be more important than ever before. On average, workers with a college education earn more than those with less education and are less likely to lose their jobs or face long periods of unemployment.

Applying for college is a major undertaking, with no guarantee of acceptance. Acceptance rates are often considered an approximation for exclusivity, and in general, it can be expected that a school with a lower acceptance rate will provide a better education and a more prestigious degree.

While acceptance rates and SAT scores offer a good indication of a university’s prestige, they are not the only factors to take into consideration. The desired career might point a student to a state university that offers a specialty program, even if the university has an acceptance rate that is higher than an elite private university. As with many important life choices, the more research the better.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed education data across thousands of four-year, degree-granting institutions from the National Center for Education Statistics and other sources to determine each state’s most selective college. We indexed acceptance rates, as well as SAT and ACT scores of admitted students, to measure the difficulty of being accepted to those universities and colleges.

Some states have large elite universities that receive tens of thousands of applications and accept only a fraction of them. Other schools on this list are small, expensive private institutions.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed higher education data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to determine the most selective public or private four-year, degree-granting institution in each state. We indexed both acceptance rates and SAT test scores of admitted students to measure the difficulty of being accepted. The annual net price listed is for full-time, first-time undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who received grant or scholarship aid from federal, state, local, or institutional sources, and is generated by subtracting the amount of aid from the total cost of attendance, which is the sum of publi

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