High school juniors and seniors all over New York State are getting ready to spend the year working on the tedious college admissions process. 

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Getting into college isn’t necessarily on every high schooler's agenda, but if a four-year college or university is in your future plans, it definitely doesn’t hurt to start taking the proper steps to prepare.

That could mean studying and enrolling in prep courses for the SAT or ACT (but keep in mind, many colleges and universities in New York no longer require it), visiting campuses, filling out applications, writing essays, and/or getting involved in extracurricular activities to boost your chances of getting into your dream school.

If you live in New York State and don’t want to be too far away from home, it's much easier to get acceptance letters from some colleges and universities than others. According to US News and World Report, the average college admission rate in the United States is around 70%. However, in New York, the average acceptance rate stands at just under 53%. 

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What Are The Hardest Schools To Get Into In New York State?

So which colleges across New York state are the toughest to get into? We looked at the latest rankings of the colleges with the lowest acceptance rates in the US to break down how easy or tough it will be to get into the New York State school of your dreams. 

Keep scrolling to see where your college (or hopefully future college) lands on the list.

2024's Most Competitive Colleges In New York State

According to data from the US Department of Education, here's the ranking of the colleges and universities with the lowest acceptance rates.

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