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

Harvard University

7 to 198%98%6%4%44%N/A
2

Yale University

6 to 197%99%7%5%52%N/A
3

University of Pennsylvania

6 to 195%98%10%7%54%N/A
4

Johns Hopkins University

10 to 194%97%14%5%51%N/A
5

Cornell University

9 to 193%97%15%8%55%N/A
6

Tufts University

9 to 193%97%16%7%43%N/A
7

University of California-Berkeley

17 to 192%96%17%7%61%N/A
8

University of California-Los Angeles

16 to 191%96%17%6%61%N/A
9

Georgetown University

11 to 194%96%17%8%42%N/A
10

Washington University in St Louis

8 to 193%96%17%6%49%N/A
11

University of Notre Dame

10 to 197%98%20%11%63%N/A
12

Liberty University

18 to 147%75%22%10%84%N/A
13

Emory University

8 to 189%94%24%7%54%N/A
14

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

12 to 149%75%24%21%73%6%
15

Piedmont International University

7 to 141%74%24%19%68%N/A
16

Carnegie Mellon University

10 to 188%98%24%8%54%N/A
17

California Institute of the Arts

7 to 156%87%25%9%55%8%
18

Maine College of Health Professions

5 to 1100%100%25%25%59%N/A
19

Babson College

14 to 189%96%26%7%48%N/A
20

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

12 to 190%97%26%12%51%N/A
21

Northeastern University

14 to 184%97%28%6%65%N/A
22

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

14 to 141%74%28%20%87%N/A
23

Berklee College of Music

11 to 156%87%29%12%53%12%
24

Boston College

14 to 192%95%29%7%45%2%
25

Wake Forest University

10 to 188%93%29%10%50%N/A
26

Tulane University of Louisiana

9 to 183%92%30%7%70%N/A
27

Lehigh University

10 to 188%95%30%10%51%N/A
28

University of Virginia-Main Campus

15 to 193%97%30%12%40%N/A
29

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

22 to 176%93%31%11%55%3%
30

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

14 to 190%97%31%13%53%N/A
31

Corban University

15 to 159%80%31%9%94%N/A
32

University of Richmond

8 to 188%93%31%8%69%N/A
33

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

19 to 185%97%32%11%63%N/A
34

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

17 to 170%91%32%7%56%5%
35

New York University

10 to 184%93%32%10%57%N/A
36

University of California-Santa Barbara

17 to 181%93%33%6%66%N/A
37

Boston University

12 to 185%93%33%7%49%N/A
38

California State University-Long Beach

24 to 167%89%34%8%72%5%
39

Hope International University

14 to 142%91%34%12%82%N/A
40

San Diego State University

28 to 168%89%34%9%59%N/A
41

Brandeis University

10 to 186%92%34%8%58%N/A
42

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 173%81%34%19%72%N/A
43

University of Rochester

10 to 188%96%34%8%78%N/A
44

Columbia International University

14 to 162%73%34%17%91%N/A
45

College of William and Mary

12 to 190%95%34%10%44%N/A
46

American University

12 to 181%88%35%11%63%4%
47

Emmaus Bible College

9 to 175%83%35%14%95%N/A
48

Skidmore College

8 to 186%94%36%8%48%N/A
49

Laguna College of Art and Design

12 to 166%84%37%21%100%6%
50

Maharishi University of Management

11 to 146%90%37%25%68%N/A
51

CUNY Brooklyn College

15 to 154%82%37%7%60%7%
52

University of California-Davis

18 to 185%93%38%8%72%N/A
53

Colorado School of Mines

16 to 177%94%38%9%68%3%
54

University of Miami

12 to 182%92%38%6%70%N/A
55

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

27 to 163%89%39%8%67%5%
56

University of California-Irvine

19 to 188%93%39%8%73%N/A
57

Andrews University

9 to 154%80%39%12%84%7%
58

CUNY Hunter College

11 to 154%83%39%8%56%5%
59

The University of Texas at Austin

18 to 180%95%39%18%45%N/A
60

Park University

17 to 143%59%40%11%37%10%
61

CUNY Queens College

14 to 158%85%40%8%53%5%
62

Western Carolina University

16 to 157%80%40%9%65%N/A
63

University of Memphis

14 to 145%77%40%13%76%N/A
64

Spring Hill College

14 to 153%81%41%6%99%8%
65

Fashion Institute of Technology

17 to 175%90%41%27%41%7%
66

Stony Brook University

17 to 168%90%41%8%57%N/A
67

SUNY at Purchase College

15 to 158%81%41%10%59%7%
68

California State University-Fullerton

25 to 162%88%42%11%65%6%
69

The University of West Florida

22 to 147%72%42%19%63%N/A
70

New York School of Interior Design

10 to 150%80%42%8%29%N/A
71

SUNY at Binghamton

20 to 181%91%42%9%51%N/A
72

State University of New York at New Paltz

15 to 173%89%42%7%53%N/A
73

Dallas Baptist University

13 to 158%72%42%17%86%8%
74

Texas Christian University

13 to 176%90%43%11%66%N/A
75

Stevens Institute of Technology

10 to 182%94%44%10%92%N/A
76

King University

16 to 145%73%44%17%71%8%
77

Florida Southern College

13 to 157%80%45%11%93%10%
78

University of South Florida-Main Campus

24 to 168%88%45%14%72%N/A
79

Toccoa Falls College

13 to 147%66%45%20%93%N/A
80

University of Maryland-College Park

17 to 186%95%45%14%52%N/A
81

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

17 to 177%93%45%13%50%N/A
82

Marist College

16 to 178%91%45%13%75%N/A
83

Monroe College

18 to 153%78%45%28%92%10%
84

Wilson College

10 to 139%73%45%10%71%N/A
85

LeTourneau University

12 to 157%69%45%14%66%N/A
86

George Washington University

13 to 183%94%46%13%64%N/A
87

Southeastern University

20 to 139%67%46%26%77%9%
88

Midway University

15 to 156%78%46%18%86%N/A
89

St Lawrence University

11 to 187%89%46%12%93%N/A
90

Bryan College-Dayton

14 to 157%65%46%24%60%7%
91

Bristol University

15 to 189%60%46%26%35%12%
92

University of La Verne

17 to 164%85%47%9%73%N/A
93

Pfeiffer University

12 to 143%69%47%10%75%8%
94

Texas A & M University-Commerce

20 to 142%73%47%15%73%N/A
95

Chapman University

14 to 179%90%48%10%79%4%
96

University of Florida

20 to 187%96%48%24%88%N/A
97

Graceland University-Lamoni

16 to 152%62%48%13%82%9%
98

Fordham University

14 to 181%91%48%5%80%5%
99

Syracuse University

16 to 181%91%48%10%70%N/A
100

Muhlenberg College

11 to 185%93%48%12%82%N/A

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