If you've got a son or daughter or are just planning on graduating soon and secondary education is happening, this school is probably nothing more than a pipedream.

While it would be amazing to go to a college that is so prestigious that only 5% of students are admitted, you have to be a bit realistic.

That doesn't mean you can't get in, but it will surely be an uphill climb.


Looking closely at the 10 most difficult colleges to get into using info from Broke Scholar reveals seven private colleges and three public schools, like the University of Illinois, which ranked fifth on the list.

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Photo by Justin Shen on Unsplash

While only 45% of undergrad student applications get accepted by the U of I, it's a far cry from the state's most difficult school to get into.

That honor (I guess) goes to the University of Chicago. Only 5% of undergrad applications are accepted.


The University of Chicago's acceptance rate was slightly higher in recent years, with over 7% admittance in 2021, 6% in 2022, and now down to 4.7% in 2023.

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Universal Images Group, Getty Images

Quad Education Group says undergrad applicants should "aim for a 4.0 GPA, and minimum SAT/ACT scores of 1510 and 33, respectively." Even if you don't have the GPA and/or score to back up the application, "With the right amount of time, energy, and preparation, you can increase your chances of attending this prestigious school."

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If that doesn't work, you can apply to Methodist College or VanderCook College of Music. Both schools accept 100% of applications and have been labeled as Illinois' easiest colleges to get into.

If none of those schools are your speed, you can check out a list of the best colleges in the state just below.

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