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Acceptance rates listed below reflect the average rate of acceptance for all applicants (boarding and day applicants) in the previous year.
Keep in mind that acceptance rates may be lower or higher than the average acceptance rate depending on: what grade you are applying for, whether you are a boarding applicant or day student applicant, and the time of year you are applying.
Schools typically have the most openings for freshmen and sophomores (many schools do not accept incoming seniors), so applying for entrance into 9th or 10th grade may improve your chances of admission.
Acceptance rates between boarding applicants and day student applicants may differ (i.e., schools in certain areas may a higher ratio of day student applicants to day student openings, versus boarding applicants to boarding openings; the acceptance rate of some schools will actually be lower for day applicants and higher for boarding applicants).
Many, but not all, schools will accept applications after application deadlines, but admission generally becomes more difficult.

Lowest Acceptance Rates

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-29.
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA 01257
    413-229-1003
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 600
    BlairstownNJ 07825
    908-362-6121
  • 1.-29.
    Brooks School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA 01845
    978-725-6272
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93014
    8056844127
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    333 Christian Street
    WallingfordCT 06492
    203-697-2239
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    166 Main Street
    ConcordMA 01742
    978-402-2250
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Boyden Lane
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    413-774-1400
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    P.O. Box 116 , 242 Old Petersham Road
    HardwickMA 01037
    413-477-6000
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    447 W. Meadow Circle
    RichfieldUT 84701
    4356335326
  • 1.-29.
    Georgetown Preparatory School
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD 20852
    301-214-1215
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA 01922
    978-499-3120
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 6-12
    14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    802-387-4545
  • 1.-29.
    Groton School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
    978-448-7510
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    214-360-6526
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    11 Interlaken Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    (860) 435-3102
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    2500 Main Street
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    8007352030
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA 01742
    978-371-6524
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    170 Centre Street
    MiltonMA 02186
    617-898-2227
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: K-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3846 N. Hwy. 144
    GranburyTX 76048
    254.897.4822
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    609-944-7501
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    180 Main Street
    AndoverMA 01810
    978-749-4050
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)777-3437
  • 1.-29.
    St. George's School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 1910
    NewportRI 02840
    401-842-6600
  • 1.-29.
    St. Paul's School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH 03301
    603-229-4700
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    110 Woodbury Road
    WatertownCT 06795
    860-945-7700
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-640-3210
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 10-12
    1562 First Avenue #205-3296
    New YorkNY 10028
    646-504-6924
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA 91711
    909-482-5214
  • 1.-29.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    650-851-8223
  • 30.-33.
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Office of Admission
    WindsorCT 06095
    860-687-6400
Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 31.-33.
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12
    350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE 19709
    3022854231
  • 31.-33.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Suffield Academy
    SuffieldCT 06078
    860-386-4440
  • 31.-33.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    995 Hopmeadow Street
    SimsburyCT 06070
    860-408-3060
  • 34.-38.
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    717 East High Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    (610) 326-1000
  • 34.-38.
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    One Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA 01354
    413-498-3227
  • 34.-38.
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12
    285 Cory's Lane
    PortsmouthRI 02871
    401-643-1248
  • 34.-38.
    St. Mark's School
    (Episcopal)
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12
    25 Marlboro Road
    SouthboroughMA 01772
    508-786-6118
  • 34.-38.
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    19 Payson Avenue
    EasthamptonMA 01027
    (413) 529-3241
  • 39.-56.
    Canterbury School
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT 06776
    (860)210-3832
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    PO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    (248)645-3610
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN 46511
    574-842-7100
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    518-833-1320
  • 39.-56.
    Kent School
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 2006
    KentCT 06757
    860-927-6111
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    847-615-3267
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    26 Powderhouse Road, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA 01450
    978-448-1530
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    300 East Seminary Street
    MercersburgPA 17236
    717-328-6173
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    131 Millbrook School Road
    MillbrookNY 12545
    845-677-8261
  • 39.-56.
    Oldfields School
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    410-472-4800
  • 39.-56.
    The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ 08534
    609-737-6128
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    200 Seminary Street
    PennsburgPA 18073
    215-679-9511
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    2132 Ivy Road
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    434-296-5106
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    5123271213
  • 39.-56.
    Salisbury School
    All-Boys 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    860-435-5732
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN 55021
    507-333-1618
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    314 Mountain Road
    Cornwall on HudsonNY 12520
    845-458-7542
  • 39.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    66 Front Street
    MarionMA 02738
    508-291-8300
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12
    360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC 28806
    828-254-6345
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    9253627223
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    877-933-4347
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    808-881-4321
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    914-479-6420
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    8604093530
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    6300 SW Nicol Road
    PortlandOR 97223
    503-768-3115
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL 33434
    561-210-2020
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    831-625-8309
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 7-12
    1 Chapman Parkway
    Stony BrookNY 11790
    631-751-1800
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    413-596-9107
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    800-464-2866
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000
    AshburnhamMA 01430
    978-827-7300
  • 68.-85.
    Dana Hall School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    781-235-3010 x2531
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    706-235-6051
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    800-287-9197
  • 68.-85.
    Holderness School
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    603-536-1747
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12
    9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    585-567-8115
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    6316861600
  • 68.-85.
    Miss Hall's School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road, PO Box 1166
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    413-499-1300
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    831-768-6195
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
    206-682-7309
  • 68.-85.
    Purnell School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
    PottersvilleNJ 07979
    908-439-2154
  • 68.-85.
    South Kent School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT 06785
    860-927-3539 ext.201
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    508-650-5020
  • 68.-85.
    Westover School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    1237 Whittemore Rd., P.O. Box 847
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    203-577-4521
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    6034442928 x226
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    241 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry ForestVA 22989
    888-798-9371
  • 68.-85.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    81 Providence Street
    WorcesterMA 01604
    508-459-5481
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-646-4343
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    9042565030
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603) 569-7200
  • 86.-106.
    CFS, The School at Church Farm
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: Pre-K-2, PG
    PO Box 2000
    PaoliPA 19301
    610-3635346
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    2034397250
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    300 Garrison Forest Road
    Owings MillsMD 21117
    410-559-3111
  • 86.-106.
    Grier School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    P.O. Box 308
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    190 Woodward Drive
    Indian SpringsAL 35124
    888-843-9477
  • 86.-106.
    The Madeira School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    703-556-8273
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
    603-677-3401
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    7600 Lyons Road
    Coconut CreekFL 33073
    954-305-6937
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    518-523-3382
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    603-735-6212
  • 86.-106.
    Saint James School
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    3017339330
  • 86.-106.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    PO Box 249
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    706-754-0400
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