Grinnell College accepts 24.4 percent of those who apply for admission – one of the criteria making it the hardest college in Iowa to get into, according to a recent analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.
The median SAT score of students attending the school was 1410 out of 1600, 24/7 Wall St. reported, and the yearly net cost to attend is $63,438. Many of the selective universities on the list rely on their reputations and high demand among potential students in order to charge more for tuition and board, according to the analysis.
24/7 Wall St. determined the most selective college in each of the 50 states using admissions data compiled for four-year institutions at the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as SAT scores.
The income potential of their graduates seems to justify the popularity of the colleges on the 24/7 Wall St. list, since at least 12 of the schools graduated students with median earnings a decade after enrolling of more than $70,000, according to the analysis.
The Most Selective Colleges Among the 50 States
StateCollegeAdmission Rate for 2018-2019# of Applicants in 2018-19Undergraduates in 2018Median SAT Score (out of 1600)Annual Net Cost to AttendAlabamaBirmingham Southern College56.7%3,6361,2681145$50,440AlaskaUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks76.1%1,6836,4291150$17,168ArizonaEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott67.2%2,8592,7261240$49,912ArkansasLyon College49.9%1,7416551132$37,377CaliforniaCalifornia Institute of Technology6.6%8,2089481560$65,874ColoradoU.S. Air Force Academy11.4%10,3764,3361300N/AConnecticutYale University6.3%35,3015,9641520$68,950DelawareUniversity of Delaware66.4%27,69119,9561230$25,210FloridaUniversity of Miami32.1%34,28111,1171325$62,810GeorgiaEmory University18.5%27,5597,0861435$65,080HawaiiBrigham Young University-Hawaii44.8%2,9703,1761172$17,178IdahoNorthwest Nazarene University70.9%1,0461,4831130$38,203IllinoisUniversity of Chicago7.3%32,2836,6321530$72,717IndianaUniversity of Notre Dame17.7%20,3718,6171445$67,043IowaGrinnell College24.4%7,3491,7161410$63,438KansasSterling College40.5%1,587648985$35,102KentuckyAlice Lloyd College27.8%4,720644985$23,827LouisianaTulane University of Louisiana17.3%38,8167,9201410$66,896MaineColby College13.1%12,3132,0001420$65,824MarylandJohns Hopkins University11.5%29,7766,0641510$67,603MassachusettsHarvard University4.7%42,7499,9501525$66,900MichiganUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor22.8%64,91730,3181415$28,652MinnesotaCarleton College19.8%7,0922,0971445$66,490MississippiMississippi College38.4%2,2163,2321180$1,600MissouriWashington University in St. Louis15.0%31,3207,7511520$69,754MontanaRocky Mountain College58.4%1,5218971030$37,687NebraskaMidland University52.1%1,8861,721994$41,473NevadaUniversity of Nevada-Las Vegas82.0%11,61225,2821135$16,964New HampshireDartmouth College8.7%22,0334,4181495$69,474New JerseyPrinceton University5.5%35,3705,4281500$64,390New MexicoNew Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology23.2%1,7401,4121290$20,727New YorkColumbia University in the City of New York5.9%40,5728,2161490$71,972North CarolinaDuke University8.9%35,7866,6821460$69,847North DakotaMinot State University50.1%1,0402,9151122$15,483OhioCase Western Reserve University29.3%26,6425,2611430$63,216OklahomaUniversity of Tulsa40.8%8,5263,2671295$56,173OregonReed College35.0%5,9571,4831405$67,235PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pennsylvania8.4%44,49111,8511490$69,340Rhode IslandBrown University7.7%35,4377,0431488$68,106South CarolinaClemson University47.2%28,84519,6691305$28,545South DakotaAugustana University65.4%2,2011,8071180$40,681TennesseeVanderbilt University9.6%34,3136,8611505$64,654TexasRice University11.1%20,9233,9921535$60,518UtahBrigham Young University-Provo64.5%11,20531,4411310$17,801VermontMiddlebury College16.7%9,2272,5641415$66,332VirginiaWashington and Lee University21.2%5,8551,8291420$64,700WashingtonUniversity of Washington-Seattle48.7%45,90732,0991305$24,499West VirginiaDavis & Elkins College37.0%2,4957931000$41,055WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison51.7%42,72731,7051365$25,121WyomingUniversity of Wyoming96.0%5,2939,9981165$19,615
Source: 24/7 Wall St.