Stanford University’s acceptance rate hit an all-time low for the class of 2020, with 4.69% of applicants accepted into the prestigious California-based school.
That means Stanford is the most selective college in the US, beating out all Ivy League institutions.
But while getting into Stanford might seem like a nearly impossible task, many other achievements in life — like acceptance into some elementary schools — are more difficult than earning a spot within the school’s prestigious walls.
Ben Winsor and Christina Sterbenz also contributed to this story.
A spot at one of New York City’s top elementary schools
The elementary admissions process in New York City is utterly grueling. Among exemplary schools, one stands out as the gold-standard: Hunter College Elementary School.
Each year, Hunter chooses 25 girls and 25 boys from all of Manhattan to be admitted to its incoming kindergarten class.
They’re hand-selected from a pool of about 2,500 applicants, according to the website Inside Schools. That makes the acceptance rate for Hunter 2%.
A job as an NBC page
Landing an internship-like role in the National Broadcasting Company’s page program is competitive to say the least. Famously, the character Kenneth Parcel was a page on 30 Rock.
For example, in 2016 there were 2,600 applicants for 120 positions, for a 4.6% acceptance rate.
The NBC page role is a year-long entry-level role where employees perform PR responsibilities among other tasks depending on their department.
A spot at an innovative startup college
Its model vastly differs from four years of school at other prestigious colleges. Students don’t stay in one place during their four-year education.
They spend time in up to seven residence houses in San Francisco, California; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seoul, South Korea; Bangalore, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, England.
At 1.9%, the acceptance rate for the unconventional college is far lower than at Stanford.
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