This Georgia college is one of the country’s hardest to get in to

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Army Veteran Chris Weakley and Army Cadet Jihea Song talk about their experiences attending Emory University following their service in the United States military. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Website analyzed admission rates and SAT scores to rank top 50 4-year schools

High school seniors who have applied to one of Georgia’s colleges and universities will spend the next six weeks or so waiting to see if they get in.

Admission to one of the schools is much tougher than the others, though, according to the website 24/7 Wall St.

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Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the site created an index of acceptance rates and SAT/ ACT scores for admitted students for more than 1,200 four-year schools nationwide to determine the 50 that are the hardest to get in to. All eight Ivy League schools are on the list.

California Institute of Technology tops the ranking, with an acceptance rate of 7.7%, and SAT scores of 1,530 and 1,590.

Cal Tech is followed by, in order, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, University of Chicago and Yale University.

Only one Georgia school made the top 50.

Emory University in Atlanta finished No. 41, with an acceptance rate of 22%, and SAT scores of 1,350 and 1,520. Emory has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, and the average net price of attending the school is $26,804 a year, according to 24/7.

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Emory’s website describes it as “a top-ranked private institution recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the world's leading health care systems.”

In June, Emory announced it had received a $180 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will fund analyses aimed at lowering child mortality rates in some of the world's poorest communities. It's the largest ever one-time research grant for the school.

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And in November, Brookhaven approved Emory's proposal to build a $1 billion research and medical complex at Executive Park.

For those students who applied to Emory for fall 2020, you should know at the beginning of April if you're one of the lucky few to be accepted.

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