Business First: College Rankings

June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 7:17 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 7:17 AM EDT

Business First is ranking the most selective colleges in the upstate area. Researchers used the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics to analyze the difficulty of gaining admission to four-year
colleges across upstate New York and nearby sections of Pennsylvania and Ohio. 

The rankings are based on total applicants admitted and admission test scores. Researchers compared those with national averages.

Here's a look at the top five:

1. Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.)

2. Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)

3. Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

4. Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.)

5. Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.)

Cornell University is number one because it accepts just 18 percent of all applicants and it has high test scores.

Farther down the list, four Western New York colleges are included in the top 50 most selective schools in the upstate area. The University at Buffalo ranks 21st. SUNY Fredonia is 33rd,  followed by Houghton College at 35th and then Canisius College at 46th.

You can get the complete list of 100 colleges at: