By the numbers: University of Chicago ranked most selective of Illinois schools

University of Chicago was ranked the most exclusive school in Illinois, according to a new study by the website 24/7 Wall St. that examines acceptance rates and characteristics of university students nationwide. Illinois News Network

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

University of Chicago has an acceptance rate of 8.7 percent, and 75 percent of its students have SAT scores above 1480. The yearly net cost to attend the campus is $34,834.

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.

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 N/A
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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