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This Is the Hardest College to Get Into in Minnesota

imageForEntry7 fPeA college education is the single largest investment many Americans will make in their lifetimes. When accounting for interest on student loans and loss of potential income during school, the total cost of a bachelor’s degree can exceed $400,000.

With so much money at stake, it is important to choose the right school. What makes a school a good fit for any given student can depend on a number of factors, including financial aid packages, course offerings, and location, among others. For many, the right school is simply the most selective school they can get into.

A college degree opens up new job opportunities, increases earning potential, and reduces the likelihood of unemployment. But often, the name of the institution printed on the diploma can be as important as the diploma itself. Highly selective colleges and universities are often well regarded worldwide and can help open doors to more job opportunities.

Based on an index of admissions rates and SAT scores, Carleton College ranks as the hardest school in Minnesota to get into. In the 2020-2021 school year, a reported 21.2% of all 6,892 applicants were admitted. Additionally, the combined median math and critical reading SAT scores among students admitted in fall 2019 was 1450 out of a possible 1600.

Undergraduate enrollment at Carleton College totaled 1,940 as of fall 2020. There are a reported eight students for every faculty member at the school, and the average earnings among working students 10 years after enrollment stands at $67,900.

All data used in this story is from the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education. We only considered predominantly bachelor’s degree-granting colleges and universities with at least 1,000 applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year.

State School Admission rate (%) Median SAT score (out of 1600) Faculty members per student
Alabama University of Alabama 77.1 1364 19
Alaska University of Alaska 67.0 1155 11
Arizona University of Arizona 85.1 1235 15
Arkansas Harding University 55.1 1165 14
California California Institute of Technology 6.7 1545 3
Colorado Colorado School of Mines 55.0 1310 17
Connecticut Yale University 6.5 1515 4
Delaware University of Delaware 66.0 1255 15
Florida University of Florida 31.1 1390 17
Georgia Emory University 19.2 1445 9
Hawaii Brigham Young University 75.0 1170 16
Idaho University of Idaho 74.4 1125 16
Illinois University of Chicago 7.3 1535 5
Indiana University of Notre Dame 19.0 1475 9
Iowa Grinnell College 19.2 1450 8
Kansas Sterling College 36.9 985 10
Kentucky Berea College 33.0 1194 9
Louisiana Tulane University 11.1 1440 8
Maine Colby College 10.3 1450 10
Maryland Johns Hopkins University 11.1 1510 6
Massachusetts Massachusetts Institute of Technology 7.3 1540 3
Michigan University of Michigan 26.1 1435 11
Minnesota Carleton College 21.2 1450 8
Mississippi Mississippi College 28.8 1145 15
Missouri Washington University 16.0 1520 7
Montana Carroll College 73.0 1180 11
Nebraska Creighton University 64.0 1260 12
Nevada University of Nevada 81.0 1140 18
New Hampshire Dartmouth College 9.2 1500 7
New Jersey Princeton University 5.6 1515 4
New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University 50.6 1005 17
New York Columbia University 6.7 1505 6
North Carolina Duke University 7.7 1525 6
North Dakota University of Mary 71.7 1164 11
Ohio Case Western Reserve University 30.3 1425 11
Oklahoma University of Tulsa 69.2 1225 10
Oregon Reed College 42.3 1423 9
Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania 9.0 1505 6
Rhode Island Brown University 7.7 1505 6
South Carolina Wofford College 53.0 1270 12
South Dakota Augustana University 71.4 1225 12
Tennessee Vanderbilt University 11.6 1510 8
Texas Rice University 10.9 1520 6
Utah Brigham Young University 69.3 1315 21
Vermont Middlebury College 22.0 1445 8
Virginia University of Virginia 22.6 1430 15
Washington Whitman College 54.1 1345 8
West Virginia West Virginia University Institute of Technology 55.1 1030 13
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin 57.2 1390 16
Wyoming University of Wyoming 94.2 1170 14
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