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Caltech Rated “Hardest College to Get Into in America” for 2017

Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 4:13 pm

California Institute of Technology in Pasadena has been voted as the Hardest College to Get Into in America for 2017, according to rankings by, a website that ranks schools and neighborhoods using the most up-to-date data available from dozens of public data sources.

Niche said only 8.8 percent of applicants desiring to enter Caltech actually get admitted. Those admitted have SAT scores in the range of 1500 to 1600 and ACT scores between 34 and 35.

Harvard University placed second on the nationwide list or the hardest colleges to get into, and rounding out the top five are Yale University, the University of Chicago and Princeton University.

Niche came up with the rankings mostly by taking a look at data from the U.S. Department of Education. The site looked at 1,305 four-year colleges and universities and ranked schools based on student acceptance rates along with SAT and ACT test scores.

Caltech is a private doctorate-granting university and is one among a small group of institutes of technology in the United States primarily devoted to the instructionof technical arts and applied sciences.

Based on 2016 data, Caltech has an enrolment of 2,240 students, 979 of whom are undergraduates and the rest, 1,261, postgraduates.

For 2017, Niche also ranked Caltech as the third among 1,024 Best Small Colleges in America, and fifth among 1,591 Best Value Colleges in America.

For more detailed information about the rankings, visit

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