Analysis: Carleton College ranked most selective of Minnesota schools


Carleton College was ranked the most exclusive school in Minnesota, according to a new study by the website 24/7 Wall St. that examines acceptance rates and characteristics of university students nationwide.

Carleton College has an acceptance rate of 21.2 percent, and 75 percent of its students have SAT scores above 1360. The yearly net cost to attend the campus $28,148.

To determine the most selective universities in each state, 24/7 Wall St. examined the National Center for Education Statistics’ data on four-year schools, as well as other sources. 

Some schools on the list are large campuses receiving tens of thousands of student application forms and approving only a fraction of the total. Other universities are small, private schools with high tuitions.

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The Most Selective Universities by State

State

Most Selective College

Admission Rate

SAT Scores at 25th and 75th Percentiles

Annual Net Price to Attend

Alabama

University of Alabama

53.3%

1050 and 1280

$19,993

Alaska

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

76.7%

1030 and 1270

$9,010

Arizona

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

76.5%

1130 and 1350

$34,120

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

66.0%

1110 and 1280

$15,966

California

California Institute of Technology

7.7%

1530 and 1590

$24,466

Colorado

U.S. Air Force Academy

11.9%

1210 and 1390

not available

Connecticut

Yale University

6.9%

1460 and 1580

$18,053

Delaware

University of Delaware

62.9%

1130 and 1330

$16,286

Florida

University of Miami

35.7%

1230 and 1420

$42,204

Georgia

Emory University

22.0%

1350 and 1520

$26,867

Hawaii

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

36.8%

1090 and 1253

$12,155

Idaho

Northwest Nazarene University

73.4%

1030 and 1230

$19,204

Illinois

University of Chicago

8.7%

1480 and 1580

$34,834

Indiana

University of Notre Dame

18.9%

1370 and 1520

$27,453

Iowa

Grinnell College

28.9%

1310 and 1510

$29,492

Kansas

McPherson College

48.5%

1030 and 1180

$21,954

Kentucky

Berea College

35.1%

970 and 1200

$1,680

Louisiana

Tulane University

21.5%

1330 and 1490

$33,886

Maine

Colby College

15.8%

1340 and 1500

$20,361

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

12.5%

1450 and 1570

$29,066

Massachusetts

Harvard University

5.2%

1460 and 1590

$17,030

Michigan

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

26.5%

1330 and 1500

$16,408

Minnesota

Carleton College

21.2%

1360 and 1530

$28,148

Mississippi

Mississippi College

39.0%

1070 and 1290

$17,098

Missouri

Washington University in St. Louis

16.0%

1470 and 1570

$27,777

Montana

Rocky Mountain College

64.4%

910 and 1150

$20,276

Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

64.4%

1100 and 1380

$16,813

Nevada

Sierra Nevada College

69.0%

910 and 1140

$28,679

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

10.4%

1430 and 1560

$22,303

New Jersey

Princeton University 

6.4%

1430 and 1570

$16,302

New Mexico

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

21.7%

1190 and 1390

$13,741

New York

Columbia University

6.6%

1410 and 1570

$22,824

North Carolina

Duke University

9.9%

1380 and 1540

$22,011

North Dakota

Trinity Bible College and Graduate School

42.4%

995 and 1230

$20,408

Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

33.1%

1340 and 1520

$34,973

Oklahoma

University of Tulsa

39.0%

1150 and 1440

$25,086

Oregon

Reed College

35.6%

1310 and 1500

$32,097

Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

9.3%

1420 and 1560

$24,539

Rhode Island

Brown University

8.5%

1405 and 1570

$25,651

South Carolina

Clemson University 

47.2%

1220 and 1390

$18,757

South Dakota

Augustana University

67.8%

1070 and 1290

$18,937

Tennessee

Vanderbilt University

10.9%

1440 and 1570

$23,295

Texas

Rice University

15.9%

1490 and 1580

$24,131

Utah

Brigham Young University-Provo

52.4%

1210 and 1410

$12,979

Vermont

Middlebury College

17.1%

1320 and 1510

$22,841

Virginia

Washington and Lee University

22.0%

1350 and 1490

$25,029

Washington

University of Washington-Seattle

46.4%

1190 and 1420

$9,443

West Virginia

Ohio Valley University

28.6%

910 and 1110

$17,613

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

53.8%

1280 and 1450

$15,910

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

96.8%

1040 and 1290

$13,441

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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