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The 10 Hardest Universities to Get Into


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Here you have a list of the top 10 best universities for 2019 – and toughest universities to get into:


1. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

It is the great rival of the University of Cambridge, regarding both the competition of the rankings in the UK  and the school’s reputation. It is the oldest university in the English speaking world, and it is considered to be a world-leading centre of learning, teaching, and research. The acceptance rate is 16.8%.


2. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Ranked 1st in UK universities by the University League Tables 2019, it is considered to deliver outstanding teaching, and provide services and facilities (e.g. University’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC)) for their students.

Although the acceptance rate is 20%, the undergraduate applicants have to overcome an arduous entrance process consisting of a subject-specific exam, a personal essay, and a panel interview.


3. Stanford University (United States)

Located near Silicon Valley, Stanford University is known for its arts and sciences courses and is often rated as a “dream college” in the USA due to its close proximity to the most influential and innovative companies, the so-called “Big Five” – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. The admission rate is noticeably low, at only 4.65%.


4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT (United States)

Although the acceptance rate is approximately 7.9% (2015), the quality of the applicants is strongly verified since MIT accepts candidates with a creative and brilliant spirit suitable for the innovative culture of the school. You can study majors in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Mathematics & Statistics.

Moreover, notable alumni include, among others, the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu.


5. California Institute of Technology – Caltech (United States)

Located in Pasadena, California (in the Los Angeles area), the institution was set up in 1891. It is also called CaItech and is known as one of the premier US technical institutes; its great rival is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The CaItech acceptance rate is 8%.

Did you know? The Emmy-nominated television series, The Big Bang Theory, which is set at Caltech, taped an episode on campus that featured a cameo appearance by world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.


6. Harvard University (United States)

Harvard is an elite private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the Boston area. Admission is extremely competitive since the Harvard acceptance rate is only 5%. The most popular majors are Economics, Computer Science, and History.

Moreover, it’s also its alumni which create its reputation as 8 US Presidents, 130 Nobel Laureates and several Heads of State across the world have studied at Harvard University.


7. Princeton University (United States)

Although Princeton has an acceptance rate of 6%, the university has the strongest need-based financial aid program in the US, since it wants to ensure that every qualified student can afford the entrance. As the university states itself, Princeton is about people. It is well known for its renowned leaders in their fields, extraordinary teachers, and dedicated mentors.


8. Yale University (United States)

Yale is the third oldest university in the US (founded in 1701), it is located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is also a tough university to get into as the acceptance rate is only 6%. Yale is known for its Law and Medical courses.


9. Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Imperial College London has an international reputation for excellent teaching and research and is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists, and academics. They define themselves as a community of problem-solvers dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

It is a science-based faculty with a focus on four main areas: science, engineering, medicine, and business. The acceptance rate is 12.5%.


10. University of Chicago (United States)

University of Chicago (or UChicago) offers a first-class education and an environment that is both challenging and invigorating. The school encourages critical thought and problem-solving spirit to face today’s challenges. The acceptance rate is 8.7%.



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