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    Top Need-Blind Colleges and Universities

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: December 11th, 2023

    Need-blind colleges and universities don’t take financial need into account when they make admissions decisions. That means students who would need considerable financial support will not be at a disadvantage compared to high-income students. If you have high financial need, be sure to apply to several need-blind schools to maximize your chances of admission.

    Our list allows you to compare need-blind schools by their size, cost, admissions rate, and graduation rate. Scroll down to find the right need-blind school for you.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Cambridge, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    4,629 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $5,084 average per year after aid
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    Stanford University

    Stanford, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Stanford, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    7,645 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $7,200 average per year after aid
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    Princeton University

    Princeton, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Princeton, NJ

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    5,236 undergraduate students
    98% graduation rate
    $11,080 average per year after aid
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    University of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, PA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Philadelphia, PA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    10,644 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $14,851 average per year after aid
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    Columbia University in the City of New York

    New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    New York, NY

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    8,832 undergraduate students
    97% graduation rate
    $12,836 average per year after aid
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    Harvard University

    Cambridge, MA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Cambridge, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    7,938 undergraduate students
    97% graduation rate
    $13,259 average per year after aid
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    Yale University

    New Haven, CT • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    New Haven, CT

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    5% acceptance rate
    6,535 undergraduate students
    97% graduation rate
    $16,341 average per year after aid
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    Johns Hopkins University

    Baltimore, MD • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Baltimore, MD

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    8% acceptance rate
    5,727 undergraduate students
    95% graduation rate
    $14,254 average per year after aid
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    Pomona College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Claremont, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    7% acceptance rate
    1,747 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $9,170 average per year after aid
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    Georgetown University

    Washington, DC • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Washington, DC

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    12% acceptance rate
    7,395 undergraduate students
    95% graduation rate
    $24,570 average per year after aid
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    Rice University

    Houston, TX • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Houston, TX

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    4,240 undergraduate students
    92% graduation rate
    $17,805 average per year after aid
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    Williams College

    Williamstown, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

    Williamstown, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    2,129 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $14,739 average per year after aid
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    Amherst College

    Amherst, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Amherst, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    1,971 undergraduate students
    92% graduation rate
    $17,304 average per year after aid
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    California Institute of Technology

    Pasadena, CA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Pasadena, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    987 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $29,279 average per year after aid
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    Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Ithaca, NY

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    15,451 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $29,011 average per year after aid
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    Swarthmore College

    Swarthmore, PA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Swarthmore, PA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    8% acceptance rate
    1,643 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $20,780 average per year after aid
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    Vanderbilt University

    Nashville, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Nashville, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    7% acceptance rate
    7,104 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $22,204 average per year after aid
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    Brown University

    Providence, RI • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Providence, RI

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    7,125 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $26,308 average per year after aid
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    Duke University

    Durham, NC • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Durham, NC

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    6,815 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $31,416 average per year after aid
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    University of Chicago

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Chicago, IL

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    7,558 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $22,690 average per year after aid
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    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    Why you should apply to need-blind colleges

    Students who have significant financial need should definitely incorporate need-blind schools into their application strategy. If your FAFSA and/or CSS Profile indicate a high level of need, you’ll be a disadvantage in the admissions process at any need-aware school. This does not mean you can’t get accepted, but the school will be prioritizing students who do not need financial aid.

    Need-blind schools, on the other hand, will consider your application without looking at your financial information, meaning you’ll start off on equal footing with all the other applicants.

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    Frequently asked questions

    How is need-blind different from meeting full need?

    A school that is need-blind does not take need into consideration when they decide who to admit. Meeting full need, on the other hand, only affects students who have already been admitted. Schools that meet full need will offer admitted students a financial package that covers the entire difference between their ability to pay and the cost of attendance.

    What is the hardest need-blind school to get into?

    Nearly all of the country’s most competitive schools are also need-blind. Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Columbia, and Princeton all have some of the nation’s lowest acceptance rates, hovering around 4%, and they are also need-blind.
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