A recent New York Times survey found that acceptance rates at the nation’s colleges are as daunting as ever. Out of the 78 colleges and universities they surveyed, only 25% of applicants were accepted. Stanford University was the most selective on the list, accepting only 5.69% of their 38,828 applicants in 2013.

What does this mean for college applicants? They’ll either have to work very hard to get accepted at name-brand schools or they might take a second look at lesser-known but high-quality schools with higher acceptance rates. Our newest infographic below shows the nation’s 50 most selective colleges and universities:

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Infographic Stats
Out of the 79 schools surveyed, 1,610,000 students applied.
427,105 students were accepted.
1,182,586 students were declined.
Stanford University (Calif.) 5.69%
Harvard University (Mass.) 5.79%
Yale University (Conn.) 6.72%
Columbia University (N.Y.) 6.89%
Juilliard School, The (N.Y.) 7%
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (N.Y.) 7.27%
Princeton University (N.J.) 7.29%
University of Chicago (Ill.) 8.81%
Brown University (R.I.) 9.16%
Dartmouth College (N.H.) 10.05%
California Institute of Technology (Calif.) 10.55%
Duke University (N.C.)* 11.58%
Vanderbilt University (Tenn.) 11.97%
University of Pennsylvania 12.1%
Pomona College (Calif.) 12.89%
Amherst College (Mass.) 13.67%
Northwestern University (Ill.) 13.9%
Swarthmore College (Pa.) 14.05%
Bowdoin College (Me.) 14.48%
Pitzer College (Calif.) 14.54%
Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) 15.01%
Cornell University (N.Y.) 15.15%
Olin College of Engineering (Mass.) 16.19%
Rice University (Texas) 16.56%
Johns Hopkins University (Md.) 16.81%
Williams College (Mass.) 16.88%
Tufts University (Mass.) 18.7%
Middlebury College (Vt.) 19.21%
Wesleyan University (Conn.) 19.37%
University of Southern California 19.68%
University of California at Los Angeles 20.1%
Barnard College (N.Y.) 20.53%
University of California at Berkeley 20.83%
Carleton College (Minn.) 20.98%
Vassar College (N.Y.) 23.06%
Haverford College (Pa.) 23.26%
Bates College (Me.) 23.65%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 25.33%
Colby College (Me.) 25.95%
Colgate University (N.Y.) 25.95%
Emory University (Ga.) 25.95%
Hamilton College (N.Y.) 27.13%
Wellesley College (Mass.) 28%
Babson College (Mass.) 28.18%
Bucknell University (Pa.) 28.98%
University of Richmond (Va.) 30.07%
New York University 30.29%
Lehigh University (Pa.) 30.48%
University of Rochester (N.Y.) 31.06%
Trinity College (Conn.) 31.09%
College of the Holy Cross (Mass.) 32.39%
College of William & Mary (Va.) 32.52%
Lafayette College (Pa.) 33.65%
Macalester College (Minn.) 34.18%
Boston University (Mass.) 36.22%
University of California at San Diego 36.76%
Kenyon College (Ohio) 38.3%
University of California at Santa Barbara 38.85%
Bryn Mawr College (Pa.) 39%
Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) 39.13%
University of California at Davis 39.36%
Georgia Institute of Technology 39.37%
Binghamton University, State University of New York 40.32%
University of California at Irvine 41.14%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (N.Y.) 41.2%
Smith College (Mass.) 41.99%
University of Florida 42.21%
Dickinson College (Pa.) 44.19%
St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) 45.93%
University of Maryland at College Park 46.91%
Emerson College (Mass.) 47.67%
University of California at Santa Cruz 48.56%
University of Wisconsin at Madison 51.01%
Elon University (N.C.) 53.74%
University of California at Riverside 54.72%
Frostburg State University (Md.) 57.63%
Lewis & Clark College (Ore.) 62.17%
University of California at Merced 65.58%

Source: http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/colleges-report-2013-acceptance-rates/

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