Special Report

The Hardest College to Get Into in Every State

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Oklahoma: University of Tulsa
> Location: Tulsa
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 40.8%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 8,526
> Median SAT score: 1295 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $56,906
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 3,246

The University of Tulsa, founded in 1894, is a private institution known for its petroleum engineering programs, which are taught in a facility that features a drilling simulator. The school opened one of the first mosques on a college campus in the nation. More than half of the students come from out of state, including from nearly 70 countries.

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Oregon: Reed College
> Location: Portland
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 35.0%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 5,957
> Median SAT score: 1415 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $69,734
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 1,456

Reed College, located in Portland, Oregon, is a small private liberal arts college that was founded in 1908. It has one of the lower acceptance rates on this list, at 35%. The college claims its curriculum includes a unique incorporation of classical studies across its disciplines.

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Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania
> Location: Philadelphia
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 8.4%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 44,491
> Median SAT score: 1485 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $72,584
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 10,764

The University of Pennsylvania is another of the Ivy League schools founded in colonial times, in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. According to Princeton Review, students laud the university for its combination of urban setting with a traditional college campus. Poet William Carlos Williams is an alumnus of Penn.

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Rhode Island: Brown University
> Location: Providence
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 7.7%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 35,437
> Median SAT score: 1485 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $71,050
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 6,752

Ivy League schools are the hardest colleges to get into in their respective states, and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, is among them. Brown students design their own courses of study. Brown’s English and history programs are well-regarded, as is its Warren Alpert Medical School. Business moguls John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Ted Turner are Brown alumni.

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South Carolina: Clemson University
> Location: Clemson
> Acceptance rate for 2018-2019: 47.2%
> Applicants for 2018-2019: 28,845
> Median SAT score: 1310 out of 1600
> Avg. annual cost of attendance: $29,499
> Four-year undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018: 19,564

Clemson University’s profile has been raised in recent years by the success of its football program, which has won two national championships in the last four years. Commonly chosen majors at Clemson, founded in 1889, range from accounting to youth development. Students frequently participate in projects that include combating bullying in South Carolina high schools.