15 Best Colleges for English Majors

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As an English major, students gain skills such as writing, communication, critical thinking, grammar, and research. Because these skills are useful in almost every industry, an English major will be well-equipped for their future career.

 

In this post, you’ll find a ranked list of the best colleges for English majors and what it takes to get into these colleges. See the complete list of top schools for English majors.

 

Top 15 Best Colleges for English Majors

 

School Name Location Acceptance Rate (2019) Middle 50% SAT Scores Middle 50% ACT Scores
1. Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4.5% 1460-1580 33-35
2. Williams College Williamstown, MA 12.6% 1420-1540 32-35
3. Yale University New Haven, CT 6.1% 1470-1560 33-35
4. Amherst College Amherst, MA 11.3% 1420-1530 31-34
5. Princeton University Princeton, NJ 5.8% 1460-1570 33-35
6. Brown University Providence, RI 7.1% 1440-1550 32-35
7. Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA 8.9% 1380-1540 31-35
8. University of Chicago Chicago, IL 6.2% 1500-1560 33-35 
9. Columbia University New York, NY 5.3% 1480-1560  33-35
10. New York University New York, NY 15% (2020) 1410-1530 32-35
11. Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 9.1% (2020) 1460-1560 33-35
12. Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 9.2% 1480-1550 33-35
13. Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.3% 1440-1550 32-35
14. Wellesley College Wellesley, MA 21.6% 1370-1510 31-34
15. Georgetown University Washington, DC 14.5% 1370-1530 31-34

 

1. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance Rate: 4.5%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,788

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1580 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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2. Williams College

Location: Williamstown, MA

Acceptance Rate: 12.6%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 2,073

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1420-1540 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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3. Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Acceptance Rate: 6.1% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,964

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1470-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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4. Amherst College

Location: Amherst, MA

Acceptance Rate: 11.3%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 1,855

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1420-1530 SAT, 30-34 ACT

 

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5. Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ

Acceptance Rate: 5.8%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 5,267

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1570 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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6. Brown University

Location: Providence, RI

Acceptance Rate: 7.1%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,043

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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7. Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, PA

Acceptance Rate: 8.9%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 1,559

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1380-1540 SAT, 31-35 ACT

 

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8. University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Acceptance Rate: 6.2%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,552

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1500-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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9. Columbia University

Location: New York, NY

Acceptance Rate: 5.3%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,202

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1480-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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10. New York University

Location: New York, NY

Acceptance Rate: 15% (2020)

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 26,981

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1370-1510 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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11. Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, TN

Acceptance Rate: 9.1% (2020)

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,861

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1460-1560 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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12. Johns Hopkins University

Location: Baltimore, MD

Acceptance Rate: 9.2%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 6,064

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1480-1550 SAT, 33-35 ACT

 

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13. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Acceptance Rate: 4.3% 

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,087

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1440-1550 SAT, 32-35 ACT

 

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14. Wellesley College

Location: Wellesley, MA

Acceptance Rate: 21.6%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 2,534

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1370-1510 SAT, 31-34 ACT

 

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15. Georgetown University

Location: Washington, DC

Acceptance Rate: 14.5%

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 7,459

Middle 50% SAT/ACT: 1370-1530 SAT, 31-34 ACT

 

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There are many more colleges that are great for English majors. See the complete list of top schools for English.

 

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