Special Report

Hardest Colleges to Get Into by State

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> Most selective college: Washington and Lee University
> Admission rate: 22.0%
> SAT at 25th and 75th percentiles: 1350 and 1490
> Annual net price of attendance: $25,029

Like several other universities on this list, this private liberal arts university in Lexington is one of the oldest in the nation, founded in 1749. Washington and Lee’s main college offers bachelor’s degrees in 21 departments with 37 different majors. The university also has schools for business, law, and ethics. The institution is ranked 11th on the most recent list of best U.S. liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. The university’s law school has produced two U.S. Supreme Court justices, eight state governors, and 15 members of congress.

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> Most selective college: University of Washington-Seattle Campus
> Admission rate: 46.4%
> SAT at 25th and 75th percentiles: 1190 and 1420
> Annual net price of attendance: $9,443

U-Dub, as it is casually known, was established in 1861 and is the oldest public university on the West Coast. The university has 15 colleges and schools covering a broad range of disciplines, including urban planning, dentistry, law, and public health. MySpace co founder Chris DeWolfe, actor Joel McHale, and creator of the MS-DOS operating system Tim Paterson are among the alumni.

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West Virginia
> Most selective college: Ohio Valley University
> Admission rate: 28.6%
> SAT at 25th and 75th percentiles: 910 and 1110
> Annual net price of attendance: $17,613

Ohio Valley University is a private religious college affiliated with the Church of Christ that opened its doors to students in 1960, making it one of the youngest institutions on this list. OVU integrates a religious education with bachelor’s degree courses. Majors include biochemistry, criminal justice, English, forensic accounting, and, of course, studies in the Bible and ministry. The college offers study-abroad opportunities in Rome, Jerusalem, London, and Paris.

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> Most selective college: University of Wisconsin-Madison
> Admission rate: 53.8%
> SAT at 25th and 75th percentiles: 1280 and 1450
> Annual net price of attendance: $15,910

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded in 1848 and is the first and largest public university in the state. The university has 13 schools and colleges and about 44,400 students as of the fall of 2018, including nearly 9,000 graduate students. The school offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and more than 250 master’s, doctoral, or professional programs. Notable alumni include former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, historian Stephen Ambrose, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid.

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> Most selective college: University of Wyoming
> Admission rate: 96.8%
> SAT at 25th and 75th percentiles: 1040 and 1290
> Annual net price of attendance: $13,441

The University of Wyoming, founded in 1886, is a public institution based in Laramie. The university offers more than 120 degree programs through its nine schools, colleges, and interdisciplinary institutes. It has more than 12,000 students. Notable alumni include Director of the Apollo Lunar Landing Program Gen. Samuel C. Phillips, former U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bill Stall.

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