If you’re applying to college in the near future, it’s good to have realistic expectations. Unfortunately, there a number of colleges in the United States that accept an extremely small percentage of applicants. If you’re planning on applying to one of the institutions below, we wish you the best of luck! Check out the top 20 colleges that are the hardest to get into in America.

20. Harvey Mudd College

Acceptance rate: 18.2%

19. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Acceptance rate: 16.9%

18. Washington University in St. Louis

Acceptance rate: 15.6%

17. Northwestern University

Acceptance rate: 15.3%

16. Amherst College

Acceptance rate: 14.3%

15. Pomona College

Acceptance rate: 13.9%

14. Duke University

Acceptance rate: 13.4%

13. Vanderbilt University

Acceptance rate: 12.7%

12. University of Pennsylvania

Acceptance rate: 12.2%

11. California Institute of Technology

Acceptance rate: 10.6%

10. Dartmouth University

Acceptance rate: 9.8%

9. Brown University

Acceptance rate: 9.2%

8. University of Chicago

Acceptance rate: 8.8%

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Acceptance rate: 8.6%

6. Cooper Union

Acceptance rate: 7.7%

5. Columbia University

Acceptance rate: 7.4%

4. Princeton University

Acceptance rate: 7.4%

3. Yale University

Acceptance rate: 7.1%

2. Harvard University

Acceptance rate: 5.8%

1. Stanford University

Acceptance rate: 5.7%

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