Special Report

The Hardest Colleges to Get Into

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20. Cornell University
> Acceptance rate: 8.7%
> Median SAT score: 1480 out of 1600
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
> Avg. net price of attendance: $24,262
> Avg. annual earnings 10-yrs. after entry: $101,200
> Location: Ithaca, NY

19. Pomona College
> Acceptance rate: 6.6%
> Median SAT score: 1465 out of 1600
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
> Avg. net price of attendance: $17,000
> Avg. annual earnings 10-yrs. after entry: $77,300
> Location: Claremont, CA

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18. Washington University in St Louis
> Acceptance rate: 13.0%
> Median SAT score: 1520 out of 1600
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
> Avg. net price of attendance: $28,298
> Avg. annual earnings 10-yrs. after entry: $87,900
> Location: Saint Louis, MO

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17. Northwestern University
> Acceptance rate: 7.0%
> Median SAT score: 1495 out of 1600
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
> Avg. net price of attendance: $29,999
> Avg. annual earnings 10-yrs. after entry: $93,400
> Location: Evanston, IL

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16. Rice University
> Acceptance rate: 9.5%
> Median SAT score: 1520 out of 1600
> Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
> Avg. net price of attendance: $18,521
> Avg. annual earnings 10-yrs. after entry: $91,600
> Location: Houston, TX

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