Special Report

The Hardest Colleges to Get Into

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5. Stanford University
> Acceptance rate: 4.3%
> Median SAT score: 1,505
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1
> Average net price of attendance: $11,496
> Location: Stanford, California

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4. Harvard University
> Acceptance rate: 4.6%
> Median SAT score: 1,515
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1
> Average net price of attendance: $15,386
> Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

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3. University of Chicago
> Acceptance rate: 6.2%
> Median SAT score: 1,535
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1
> Average net price of attendance: $27,315
> Location: Chicago, Illinois

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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
> Acceptance rate: 6.7%
> Median SAT score: 1,540
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 3:1
> Average net price of attendance: $16,636
> Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

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1. California Institute of Technology
> Acceptance rate: 6.4%
> Median SAT score: 1,545
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 3:1
> Average net price of attendance: $24,274
> Location: Pasadena, California

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