These 9 US colleges are more selective than some Ivy League schools

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Ivy League admissions decisions are coming out Tuesday afternoon, meaning hundreds of thousands of kids who applied will be getting some big news today.

Although the Ivys are notoriously tough to get into — most have acceptance rates less than 10% — you might be surprised to find that there are other schools that are even more selective.


Here are the other schools that are even more selective than the Ivys, according to statistics about the fall 2014 class compiled by the Washington Post last April. We also used data about the fall 2013 class from US News & World Report when more recent data was not available.

Claremont McKenna College — 10.8%

Located in southern California, Claremont boasts a competitive program. It ranked as the 9th-best national liberal arts college, according to the US News & World Report's 2016 rankings. Its acceptance rate is lower than Cornell's, Dartmouth's, UPenn's, and Brown's.

US Military Academy — 9.5%

Also referred to as West Point or Army, cadets enrolled have their tuition paid by the US Army. In return, they have an active-duty service obligation. Its admissions rate is lower the rates for Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, and Cornell.

California Institute of Technology — 8.8%

Based in Pasadena, Caltech focuses on science and engineering. Its acceptance rate is lower than Cornell's, Dartmouth's, UPenn's, and Brown's.


University of Chicago — 8.8%

The 125-year-old school is situated in Chicago's Hyde Park community. Its admissions rate is lower than the rates for Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, and Cornell.

College of the Ozarks8.3%

This Christian college in Missouri has a lower acceptance rate than Cornell, Dartmouth, UPenn, and Brown, and requires students to show financial need to get accepted. Students work 15 hours a week on campus and get free tuition in return.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — 7.9%

MIT's mascot is the beaver due to the school's "remarkable engineering and mechanical skill and its habits of industry." Its admissions rate is lower the rates for Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, and Cornell.

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US Naval Academy — 7.9%

Also referred to as Navy, students enrolled have their tuition paid by the US Navy, and, in return, they have an active-duty service obligation. This school is more selective than Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, and Cornell.

Alice Lloyd College — 7.1%

Alice Lloyd is located in rural Kentucky and only has 619 students currently enrolled. Its admissions rate is lower than Princeton's, Brown's, UPenn's, Dartmouth's, and Cornell's.

Stanford — 5.1%

Stanford is the most selective college in the US, beating out all Ivy League institutions.

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This Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 photo shows the campus of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. When US News & World Report debuted its list of âAmerica's Best Collegesâ nearly 30 years ago, the magazine hoped its college rankings would be a game-changer for students and families. Arguably, they've had a much bigger effect on colleges themselves. A senior administrator at Claremont McKenna, a highly regarded California liberal arts college, resigned after acknowledging he falsified college entrance exam scores for years to rankings publications such as US News. The scale was small: submitting scores just 10 or 20 points higher on the 1600-point SAT math and reading exams. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 1999, file photo Students walk on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The Springfield News-Leader reported Monday, April 16, 2012, a college preparatory high school connected to the College is set to open in August. Students at the private Christian school will clean classrooms, prepare meals and do other chores in lieu of tuition, which the college students also can do. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa, file)
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