Special Report

The Hardest College to Get Into in Every State

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New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
> Location: Socorro
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 23.2%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 1,740
> Median SAT score: 1305 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $21,244
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 1,333

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, founded in 1889 — before New Mexico became a state, is located in the town of Socorro, about 76 miles south of Albuquerque. In addition to mining, it offers courses of study in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, business, and technology management.

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New York: Columbia University in the City of New York
> Location: New York
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 5.9%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 40,572
> Median SAT score: 1505 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $74,435
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 8,216

Columbia University, founded in 1754 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is one of the most difficult colleges to attend anywhere. Only 5.9% of applicants were accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. The university is also one of the most expensive, with an average annual cost of attendance of $74,435.

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North Carolina: Duke University
> Location: Durham
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 8.9%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 35,786
> Median SAT score: 1510 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $72,466
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 6,596

Duke University’s very successful men’s basketball team has helped raise the profile of the prestigious institution where students can major in computer science, economics, and public policy, among other courses of study. Duke is also known for its law school, whose graduates include Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States.

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North Dakota: Minot State University
> Location: Minot
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 50.1%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 1,040
> Median SAT score: 1025 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $15,576
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 2,410

Minot State University is located in the northern part of North Dakota in the city of Minot. It is a public university founded in 1913 as a teaching institution to serve the North Dakota prairie. Minot State’s most popular majors are business administration and management, nursing, and teaching.

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Ohio: Case Western Reserve University
> Location: Cleveland
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 29.3%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 26,642
> Median SAT score: 1435 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $67,083
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 5,131

Case Western Reserve University was founded in 1826. About one-third of Case’s students belong to fraternities or sororities. Among its notable alumni are former Representative and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark.