Schools Ranked by Acceptance Rate

A college’s overall quality and prestige is in part determined by its selectivity, of which acceptance rate is an indicator. The acceptance rate figures are provided by the IPEDS database, a tool offered by the U.S. Department of Education. The data is for the winter 2013-14 entering undergraduate class.

IPEDS did not have acceptance rate figures for all of the colleges on our list. We did not, however, want to penalize those colleges without data. To that end, we simply excluded those schools from the rankings in this category.

RankSchoolStudent to
Faculty Ratio
Graduation
Rate
Retention
Rate
Acceptance
Rate
Enrollment
Rate
Institutional
Aid Rate
Default
Rate
1

University of Southern California

9 to 191%96%20%31%59%2%
2

Liberty University

18 to 150%69%22%45%80%8%
3

Missouri Valley College

14 to 125%44%22%86%99%10%
4

Texas Wesleyan University

15 to 141%71%30%27%93%8%
5

Trine University

8 to 10%75%30%70%25%N/A
6

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

9 to 169%N/A31%91%20%1%
7

California State University-Long Beach

22 to 160%89%31%25%40%N/A
8

Lehigh University

10 to 186%94%31%31%51%1%
9

Corban University

13 to 155%77%32%24%100%4%
10

Northeastern University

13 to 183%96%32%19%71%4%
11

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%96%33%32%30%N/A
12

George Washington University

13 to 181%92%33%33%65%1%
13

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 168%79%33%72%81%2%
14

University of Missouri-Kansas City

13 to 151%73%33%75%74%N/A
15

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

18 to 132%67%35%48%76%12%
16

Hampton University

10 to 168%76%36%18%45%10%
17

Marist College

16 to 180%90%37%30%85%2%
18

Pepperdine University

13 to 180%92%37%22%66%2%
19

Bryan College-Dayton

15 to 162%71%38%43%87%N/A
20

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 179%96%38%33%97%3%
21

Western Carolina University

16 to 151%79%38%27%70%8%
22

Stony Brook University

17 to 166%90%39%23%54%N/A
23

Tiffin University

18 to 146%65%39%65%61%19%
24

University of Miami

12 to 182%91%40%18%70%3%
25

Georgia Regents University

14 to 129%68%41%21%7%7%
26

LeTourneau University

13 to 153%77%41%46%96%7%
27

Barton College

11 to 148%69%42%18%100%9%
28

Dallas Baptist University

14 to 155%70%42%44%91%7%
29

American University

12 to 180%88%43%22%71%N/A
30

Mississippi University for Women

13 to 137%79%43%33%82%12%
31

California State University-Monterey Bay

22 to 138%81%44%16%46%N/A
32

Lawrence Technological University

11 to 149%82%44%43%80%9%
33

Monroe College

15 to 157%74%44%68%69%11%
34

Oral Roberts University

15 to 153%81%44%65%95%11%
35

Brescia University

14 to 130%57%45%9%97%13%
36

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

12 to 139%74%46%54%64%6%
37

Cumberland University

14 to 137%64%47%56%98%8%
38

Hope International University

14 to 145%73%47%41%96%6%
39

University of Florida

21 to 187%96%47%51%32%4%
40

University of Maryland-College Park

18 to 184%95%47%33%53%N/A
41

University of Saint Mary

10 to 153%72%47%30%99%7%
42

Belhaven University

12 to 140%60%48%25%98%6%
43

California Lutheran University

15 to 170%85%48%16%97%4%
44

Gardner-Webb University

13 to 157%72%48%16%95%N/A
45

The University of West Florida

24 to 142%70%48%22%40%N/A
46

Alliant International University

13 to 1N/A75%49%44%50%3%
47

Buffalo State SUNY

15 to 149%75%49%24%68%N/A
48

Simmons College

10 to 171%86%49%16%97%2%
49

University of Central Florida

31 to 167%87%49%39%45%5%
50

Villanova University

12 to 190%94%49%23%54%2%
51

William Carey University

13 to 162%77%49%48%71%8%
52

Central Christian College of Kansas

14 to 150%63%50%39%68%10%
53

Graceland University-Lamoni

15 to 147%70%50%33%100%N/A
54

Cairn University-Langhorne

13 to 170%75%51%50%100%N/A
55

University of Houston-Victoria

17 to 1N/A48%51%19%90%N/A
56

University of St Francis

11 to 157%79%51%27%100%N/A
57

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%73%52%40%99%N/A
58

Georgia Southern University

21 to 150%80%52%66%8%9%
59

Limestone College

19 to 136%58%53%35%92%13%
60

St John's University-New York

17 to 156%80%53%10%97%N/A
61

Midway College

13 to 152%83%54%48%99%10%
62

Montreat College

12 to 142%58%54%29%100%8%
63

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

12 to 156%77%54%93%35%3%
64

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

17 to 185%92%54%30%32%N/A
65

University of North Carolina - Wilmington

17 to 171%86%54%34%43%N/A
66

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

12 to 154%70%54%38%100%N/A
67

Anderson University

11 to 157%73%55%29%96%4%
68

Crown College

17 to 156%70%55%36%95%6%
69

Grand Canyon University

21 to 130%59%55%38%95%16%
70

Simpson University

11 to 147%81%55%47%99%6%
71

University of Washington

15 to 182%93%55%37%31%N/A
72

Valdosta State University

20 to 140%69%55%55%4%10%
73

La Roche College

13 to 146%72%56%28%77%7%
74

Lewis University

13 to 162%82%56%23%99%5%
75

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%92%56%41%72%N/A
76

University of Georgia

17 to 183%94%56%48%18%4%
77

Baylor University

15 to 175%88%57%19%94%5%
78

Florida State University

26 to 177%92%57%36%38%6%
79

Hiram College

11 to 165%76%57%20%99%10%
80

Mercy College

18 to 133%70%57%22%87%6%
81

Minot State University

13 to 137%68%57%73%72%7%
82

Tarleton State University

20 to 143%68%57%46%31%9%
83

The Sage Colleges

11 to 158%78%57%23%97%N/A
84

The University of Alabama

21 to 167%87%57%37%50%N/A
85

Bay Path College

11 to 155%72%58%26%100%N/A
86

Chestnut Hill College

10 to 142%72%58%18%98%8%
87

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%49%100%7%
88

Rosemont College

10 to 146%71%58%19%100%7%
89

Upper Iowa University

17 to 140%72%58%30%80%8%
90

Ursuline College

7 to 150%65%58%40%100%6%
91

Webster University

15 to 159%81%58%41%93%6%
92

Cedar Crest College

9 to 160%67%59%23%100%7%
93

Rowan University

13 to 170%84%59%29%44%5%
94

Daniel Webster College

14 to 154%69%60%35%24%8%
95

DePaul University

16 to 170%85%60%20%94%6%
96

Eastern Kentucky University

17 to 139%71%60%39%43%13%
97

Florida Institute of Technology

9 to 154%80%60%17%95%15%
98

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

17 to 131%59%60%82%87%16%
99

Purdue University-Main Campus

13 to 170%91%60%34%43%N/A
100

Rochester Institute of Technology

14 to 164%87%60%28%89%5%

Methodology

For each college, we gathered data for nine different metrics: the number of full-time faculty per part-time faculty member; institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, job placement, and default rates; years accredited; and undergraduate tuition. Learn more