Special Report

The Hardest College to Get Into in Every State

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Montana: Rocky Mountain College
> Location: Billings
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 58.4%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 1,521
> Median SAT score: 1083 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $38,639
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 879

Rocky Mountain College was founded in 1878 in Billings, Montana. At RMC, one of the smallest schools on the list with 897 undergraduates, students can go skiing, rafting, backpacking, and rock climbing, and get class credit.

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Nebraska: Creighton University
> Location: Omaha
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 71.4%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 10,112
> Median SAT score: 1250 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $52,931
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 4,405

Creighton University, opened in 1878, is a Jesuit-run institution of higher education located in Omaha, Nebraska. Among its more notable alumni is Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Nevada: University of Nevada-Las Vegas
> Location: Las Vegas
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 82.0%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 11,612
> Median SAT score: 1135 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $17,582
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 24,707

University of Nevada-Las Vegas is one of the newer schools on the list, founded in 1957. Because the school is located in Las Vegas, not surprisingly, one of its colleges is The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. UNLV also has schools for engineering, nursing, business, and urban affairs.

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New Hampshire: Dartmouth College
> Location: Hanover
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 8.7%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 22,033
> Median SAT score: 1490 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $71,827
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 4,312

Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 by Rev. Eleazar Wheelock as a learning institution for Native Americans. In addition to one of the most competitive undergraduate admissions, the Ivy League university’s professional schools — the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business — are some of the most selective in the world.

Among its alumni is statesman and orator Daniel Webster, who served as secretary of state under three presidents, as well as American author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

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New Jersey: Princeton University
> Location: Princeton
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 5.5%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 35,370
> Median SAT score: 1505 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $66,950
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 5,301

Princeton University, founded in 1746, is among the hardest schools in the country to gain admittance. The Ivy League university played another New Jersey college, Rutgers, in the first collegiate football game in 1869. Among Princeton’s notable alumni are Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, former first lady Michelle Obama, mathematician and among the developers of computer science Alan Turing, and actor James Stewart.