Analysis: Clemson University ranked most selective of South Carolina schools

Clemson University was ranked the most exclusive school in South Carolina, according to a new study by the website 24/7 Wall St. that examines acceptance rates and characteristics of university students nationwide.

Clemson University has an acceptance rate of 47.2 percent, and 75 percent of its students have SAT scores above 1220. The yearly net cost to attend the campus $18,757.

To determine the most selective universities in each state, 24/7 Wall St. examined the National Center for Education Statistics’ data on four-year schools, as well as other sources. 

Some schools on the list are large campuses receiving tens of thousands of student application forms and approving only a fraction of the total. Other universities are small, private schools with high tuitions.


The Most Selective Universities by State

StateMost Selective CollegeAdmission RateSAT Scores at 25th and 75th PercentilesAnnual Net Price to Attend
AlabamaUniversity of Alabama53.3%1050 and 1280$19,993
AlaskaUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks76.7%1030 and 1270$9,010
ArizonaEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott76.5%1130 and 1350$34,120
ArkansasUniversity of Arkansas66.0%1110 and 1280$15,966
CaliforniaCalifornia Institute of Technology7.7%1530 and 1590$24,466
ColoradoU.S. Air Force Academy11.9%1210 and 1390not available
ConnecticutYale University6.9%1460 and 1580$18,053
DelawareUniversity of Delaware62.9%1130 and 1330$16,286
FloridaUniversity of Miami35.7%1230 and 1420$42,204
GeorgiaEmory University22.0%1350 and 1520$26,867
HawaiiBrigham Young University-Hawaii36.8%1090 and 1253$12,155
IdahoNorthwest Nazarene University73.4%1030 and 1230$19,204
IllinoisUniversity of Chicago8.7%1480 and 1580$34,834
IndianaUniversity of Notre Dame18.9%1370 and 1520$27,453
IowaGrinnell College28.9%1310 and 1510$29,492
KansasMcPherson College48.5%1030 and 1180$21,954
KentuckyBerea College35.1%970 and 1200$1,680
LouisianaTulane University21.5%1330 and 1490$33,886
MaineColby College15.8%1340 and 1500$20,361
MarylandJohns Hopkins University12.5%1450 and 1570$29,066
MassachusettsHarvard University5.2%1460 and 1590$17,030
MichiganUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor26.5%1330 and 1500$16,408
MinnesotaCarleton College21.2%1360 and 1530$28,148
MississippiMississippi College39.0%1070 and 1290$17,098
MissouriWashington University in St. Louis16.0%1470 and 1570$27,777
MontanaRocky Mountain College64.4%910 and 1150$20,276
NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln64.4%1100 and 1380$16,813
NevadaSierra Nevada College69.0%910 and 1140$28,679
New HampshireDartmouth College10.4%1430 and 1560$22,303
New JerseyPrinceton University 6.4%1430 and 1570$16,302
New MexicoNew Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology21.7%1190 and 1390$13,741
New YorkColumbia University6.6%1410 and 1570$22,824
North CarolinaDuke University9.9%1380 and 1540$22,011
North DakotaTrinity Bible College and Graduate School42.4%995 and 1230$20,408
OhioCase Western Reserve University33.1%1340 and 1520$34,973
OklahomaUniversity of Tulsa39.0%1150 and 1440$25,086
OregonReed College35.6%1310 and 1500$32,097
PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pennsylvania9.3%1420 and 1560$24,539
Rhode IslandBrown University8.5%1405 and 1570$25,651
South CarolinaClemson University 47.2%1220 and 1390$18,757
South DakotaAugustana University67.8%1070 and 1290$18,937
TennesseeVanderbilt University10.9%1440 and 1570$23,295
TexasRice University15.9%1490 and 1580$24,131
UtahBrigham Young University-Provo52.4%1210 and 1410$12,979
VermontMiddlebury College17.1%1320 and 1510$22,841
VirginiaWashington and Lee University22.0%1350 and 1490$25,029
WashingtonUniversity of Washington-Seattle46.4%1190 and 1420$9,443
West VirginiaOhio Valley University28.6%910 and 1110$17,613
WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison53.8%1280 and 1450$15,910
WyomingUniversity of Wyoming96.8%1040 and 1290$13,441
Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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