Special Report

The Hardest College to Get Into in Every State

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Alabama: The University of Alabama
> Location: Tuscaloosa
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 59.1%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 37,302
> Median SAT score: 1170 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $29,424
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 32,177

The University of Alabama football team has won 17 national championships, and current coach Nick Saban has won five national titles with the Crimson Tide. The college opened in 1831 and is the oldest public university in Alabama.

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Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks
> Location: Fairbanks
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 76.1%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 1,683
> Median SAT score: 1160 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $18,510
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 4,657

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the northernmost institution of higher learning on the list, is known for documenting and preserving 20 Indian, Aleut, and Eskimo languages through its Alaska Native Language Center.

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Arizona: Arizona State University-Tempe
> Location: Tempe
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 84.8%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 26,869
> Median SAT score: 1245 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $25,621
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 42,529

Arizona State University collaborates with NASA, with students and faculty working with the space agency through the Space Grant Scholar program. The school is also known for its journalism, business, and engineering programs.

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Arkansas: Lyon College
> Location: Batesville
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 49.9%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 1,741
> Median SAT score: 1114 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $38,173
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 655

Lyon College is a small liberal arts institution located in Batesville, Arkansas, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The school, which opened in 1872, is closely associated with the Presbyterian Church and holds Scottish-themed festivals and events in acknowledgment of its Scottish heritage.

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California: California Institute of Technology
> Location: Pasadena
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 6.6%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 8,208
> Median SAT score: 1555 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $68,901
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 948

The California Institute of Technology is known the world over for its science and engineering research. Alumni and faculty from the institution have been awarded 39 Nobel Prizes. Among them two-time winner Linus Pauling.