It's that time of year. High school students are scrambling to get their recommendation letters and college essays perfect for college applications. Deadlines are approaching with many schools having a deadline of November 1. These are the 10 most difficult schools to get accepted to.
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Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Harvard's Acceptance Rate: 5.8%
Harvard, which began in 1636, is the oldest university in the United States. Harvard graduates have quite the list of accomplishments. 48 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners have graduated from Harvard. Harvard's long list of well-known alumni includes Mark Zuckerberg, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Conan O'Brien.
2017-18 Tuition: $43,280
Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut
Yale's Acceptance Rate: 7.1%
Yale is an Ivy League university was founded in 1701. It is the third-oldest university in the U.S. Yale has graduated many notable alumni, incuding five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and 20 living billionaires. Notable Yale alumni include John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Meryl Streep. Yale's campus was called one of the most beautiful in the United States by Travel+Leisure.
2017-18 Tuition: $47,600
Princeton University - Princeton, New Jersey
Princeton's Acceptance Rate: 7.4%
Princeton is an Ivy League university in New Jersey. It was founded in 1746, and is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. Three Princeton alumni are currently U.S. Supreme Court justices--Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Notable Princeton Alums include Michelle Obama, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
2017-18 Tuition: $43,450
Columbia University - New York, New York
Columbia's Acceptance Rate: 7.4%
Columbia, founded in 1784, is the oldest college in the state of New York and is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S. Columbia's list of alumni includes many well-known writers. J.D. Salinger, Upton Sinclair, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Langston Hughes all went to Columbia. The school also have seen success in film, with 28 alumni and former students winning a total of 39 Academy Awards. Former U.S. President Barack Obama attended undergrad at Columbia.
2017-18 Tuition: $55,161
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, California
Caltech's Acceptance Rate: 10.6%
Caltech was founded as a vocational and prep school in 1891. The school became California Institute of Technology later, in 1921. It is one of a small number of institutes of technology in the United States. According to a 2015 study, Caltech ranked number one in the U.S. for the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn a PhD.
2017-18 Tuition: $48,111
Stanford University - Stanford, California
Stanford's Acceptance Rate: 5.7%
Stanford was established in 1891 by Leland and Jane Stanford. Stanford faculty and alumni have founded companies that account for $2.7 trillion in annual revenue--the equivalent to the 10th largest economy in the world. WhatsApp, TechCrunch, Cisco Systems, Trader Joe's, Capital One, Netflix, Yahoo!, and Gap are just some of the companies founded by Stanford alumni. Along with having academic prowess, Stanford has won 113 NCAA team championships - the most of any university.
2017-18 Tuition: $46,320
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, Massachusetts
MIT's Acceptance Rate: 8.2%
MIT is no stranger to lists of the world's most prestigious universities. 88 Nobel laureates, 45 Rhodes Scholars and 34 astronauts have been associated with MIT. Similar to Stanford, MIT's alumni have founded companies that together would rank as the eleventh-largest economy in the world. MIT's notable alumni include Buzz Aldrin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers.
2017-18 Tuition: $45,016
University of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
University of Chicago's Acceptance Rate: 8.8%
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, and astronomer Carl Sagan all attended University of Chicago. UChicago is ranked tenth on ARWU's top universities list. The average high school GPA for students enrolled here is 4.23 (whoa!).
2017-18 Tuition: $52,491
Dartmouth College - Hanover, New Hampshire
Dartmouth's Acceptance Rate: 9.8%
Dartmouth is the smallest Ivy League school with around 4,300 undergraduate students. Dartmouth was originally founded as a school to educate Native Americans in Christian theology and the English way of life. Dartmouth was ranked 11th in the U.S. for its undergraduate program by U.S. News & World Report. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal Dartmouth alums earn higher median salaries at least 10 years after graduation than alumni of any other university.
2017-18 Tuition: $49,506
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, Tennessee
Vanderbilt's Acceptance Rate: 12.7%
Vandy was founded in 1873, and named after shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt gave the school its first $1 million endowment in hopes of healing the sectional wounds of the Civil War. The former COO of Snapchat, Emily White, graduated from Vanderbilt. NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, country singer Dierks Bentley, two Vice Presidents and 26 Rhodes Scholars are among Vanderbilt's impressive list of alumni.
2017-18 Tuition: $44,712