We all know that some universities are really tough to get into. The USA, with its renowned education system and prestigious colleges, is home to some of the hardest universities to gain admission to. Let's take a look at a few of them:


1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Also known as Caltech, this university is considered one of the best in the USA. It's also famous as the university where the TV show "The Big Bang Theory" character Sheldon Cooper attended. In Fall 2022, Caltech received 16,626 applications but only admitted 448 students, resulting in an average acceptance rate of 3%.


2. Harvard University

As the first Ivy League university on our list, Harvard consistently ranks among the top 10 universities globally. In Fall 2022, Harvard received a whopping 61,221 applications but admitted only 1,984 students, giving it an average acceptance rate of 3%.

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT is renowned as one of the world's best universities, often ranking as the number one best university in the world. It's known for attracting some of the brightest minds and has produced notable alumni like Kofi Annan and Buzz Aldrin. In Fall 2022, MIT received 33,767 applicants and admitted 1,337 students, resulting in an average acceptance rate of 4%.

4. Stanford University

Consistently ranked in the top 10 globally, Stanford is highly regarded for its research contributions, boasting over 68 Nobel Prize winners among its alumni. In Fall 2022, Stanford received 56,378 applications and admitted 2,075 students, with an average acceptance rate of 4%.

5. Brown University

The second Ivy League university on our list, Brown University is known for its exceptional liberal arts program and has produced many award-winning writers. In Fall 2022, Brown received 50,649 applications and admitted 2,562 students, resulting in an average acceptance rate of 5%.


These universities have very competitive admission processes, and only a small number of applicants are successful in securing a spot. However, there are many other universities in the USA that offer excellent education and learning opportunities for all students. Choosing to study in the USA is undoubtedly one of the best decisions you can make, as the knowledge and experience gained are invaluable.

If you're interested in attending universities in the USA, you can start by considering our American Degree Program. With this program, you can study for up to three academic years at JIC before transferring to a university in the USA for your final year and graduation.

Thank you, and stay tuned for the next update.


Source: USNEWS (DEC, 2023)