The 35 Hardest U.S. Colleges to Get Into

New college ranking data reveals just how tough it is to get admitted to the top U.S. schools.

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When it come to college admissions, some schools are a much more difficult — if not seemingly impossible — nut to crack.

The most difficult U.S. college to get into has an acceptance rate of just 5 percent and its enrolled-student SAT scores are between 1430 and 1600, according to a 2018 ranking by academic review site

The rankings are based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test score data from the U.S. Department of Education.

These are the 35 hardest colleges to gain admission to in America:

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