BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 11: Students study legal texts in the law faculty library at Humboldt University prior to the beginning of the winter semester on October 11, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. German universities recorded a record 2.218 million matriculations in the 2010/2011 winter semester, a rise of 4.5%, and expect even more students in the coming winter semester, which starts in October. The end of compulsory military service in the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, which went into effect earlier this year, is a major contributing factor to the rise in the numbers of students arriving at universities across the country.

New Jersey is known for having several high-ranking public school systems and it doesn’t stop at the collegiate level. Choosing where you want to go to college is not an easy decision and you have to weigh a lot of options to make sure your time and money are well spent. Besides making sure the college has your desired major and minor, tuition, class size, internship opportunities, and the school’s reputation are just some of the choices to consider. With that in mind, picking an institution that is high ranking comes with many sacrifices. That being said, attending a prestigious college is not an easy feat but is possible.

Niche, a ranking and review website, used several criteria, including acceptance rates, standardized test scores and other factors to determine the order of the list. This is why some schools on the list have the same acceptance rate but have different ranking placements on the list.

According to Niche, one New Jersey school in particular ranks superior amongst the 48 colleges and universities in the Garden State and No. 3 overall for institutions across the country. New Jersey’s very own Princeton University ranks No. 3 out of Niche’s list of 50 hardest colleges to get accepted into in the United States. Princeton University has a 6% acceptance rate and is known for their excellent programs in chemistry, economics, computer science and public policy. Niche ranked Princeton A+ for Academics, A+ for Diversity, B+ for Athletics, A for Campus Grounds, B+ for the Party Scene and A+ for Value.

According to the Princeton’s official website, for the 2021-2022 academic year tuition for undergraduate programs are $56,010 a year. The institution also recently announced a groundbreaking financial aid policy so that most families who make under $100,000 a year will be able to send their child to Princeton for no cost.

Notable alumni from Princeton are former first lady Michelle Obama, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.

Take a look at the top 10 colleges that are the hardest to get into in the United States below: