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Hardest U.S. colleges to get into, 2019

Harvard University tops the list of most selective higher education institutions, according to the Niche website

Harvard University is the most difficult college for students to get into, according to the Niche website's 2019 rankings.

The site compiles its "Hardest Colleges to Get Into in America" rankings based on each institution's acceptance rates and composite SAT and ACT test scores of enrolled students.

Harvard, which accepts just 5 percent of those who apply, and whose students' SAT scores range from 1420 to 1600, is the most difficult college for prospective students to win acceptance, Niche has concluded.

Five of the top 10 universities on Niche's list are Ivy League institutions—Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Penn.

Here are the 10 hardest colleges to get into in 2019.

RankInstitutionLocationacceptance rateSAT range
1Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA5%1430-1600
2Stanford UniversityStanford CA5%1380-1580
3California Institute of TechnologyPasadena CA8%1510-1600
4Yale UniversityNew Haven CT6%1420-1600
5Princeton UniversityPrinceton NJ7%1400-1590
6Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge MA8%1460-1590
7University of ChicagoChicago IL8%1450-1600
8Columbia UniversityNew York NY7%1410-1590
9Vanderbilt UniversityNashville TN11%1420-1590
10University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia PA9%1380-1570
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