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 fall 2012 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.

Rank School FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Institution
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Years
Default
Rate
Job Place. Rate  
1

717 Frederica St
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301-3023
(270) 685-3131

1.32 to 1 95% 16% 57% 46% 57 4% N/A  
1

700 New Scotland Ave
Albany, New York 12208
(518) 438-3111

0.51 to 1 0% 16% 54% 29% 41 0% 96%  
3

3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
(270) 926-3111

1.78 to 1 95% 21% 54% 36% 66 12% 35%  
4

1003 Monroe Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 572-2468

1.23 to 1 57% 25% 83% 60% 15 7% N/A  
5

450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, North Carolina 27506
(800) 334-4111

1.80 to 1 100% 29% 71% 51% 73 2% 79%  
5

901 S Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203-2188
(502) 585-9911

1.11 to 1 92% 29% 73% 39% 76 6% N/A  
7

500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, Georgia 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299

1.61 to 1 97% 30% 69% 45% 67 5% N/A  
8

255 N Highland
Memphis, Tennessee 38111-1375
(901) 320-9700

1.25 to 1 26% 31% 70% 13% 28 4% N/A  
9

1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211

3.12 to 1 6% 32% 73% 29% 63 11% N/A  
9

3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85017
(800) 800-9776

N/A 94% 32% N/A 31% 46 4% N/A  
9

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5005
(617) 373-2000

2.52 to 1 72% 32% 96% 79% 74 1% 83%  
12

2100 College St
Newberry, South Carolina 29108
(803) 276-5010

1.16 to 1 98% 34% 68% 40% 78 8% 42%  
13

100 E Business Way Ste 200
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
(513) 475-3600

N/A 0% 35% N/A 46% 7 0% N/A  
13

7101 University Ave.
Texarkana, Texas 75503
(903) 223-3000

N/A 96% 35% N/A 0% 35 0% N/A  
13

Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall
Rochester, New York 14627-0011
(888) 822-2256

2.91 to 1 87% 35% 96% 85% 93 1% 26%  
16

4150 Administration Drive, Room 136
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104
(800) 253-2874

3.63 to 1 99% 36% 79% 59% 75 2% N/A  
16

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, California 94542
(510) 885-3000

0.76 to 1 50% 36% 75% 41% 53 0% N/A  
18

1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(888) 937-7248

0.95 to 1 76% 38% 67% 39% 46 7% N/A  
19

2299 Old Bacone Rd
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403-1597
(918) 683-4581

N/A 92% 39% N/A 10% 49 12% N/A  
19

FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, Texas 77446
(936) 261-3311

4.62 to 1 21% 39% N/A 36% 80 0% 50%  
19

Highway 107
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723-9646
(828) 227-7100

2.86 to 1 65% 39% 74% 48% 68 4% N/A  
22

2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia 30260-0285
(678) 466-4000

1.57 to 1 11% 40% 68% 27% 43 7% 55%  
22

2700 Christian Pkwy.
Dallas, Texas 75234-7299
(972) 241-3371

0.17 to 1 82% 40% 67% 25% 36 8% N/A  
22

11200 S. W. 8 Street
Miami, Florida 33199
(305) 348-2000

1.19 to 1 38% 40% 82% 49% 40 5% N/A  
25

101 College Hill Drive
Philippi, West Virginia 26416-2035
(304) 457-1700

N/A 99% 41% N/A 44% 55 0% N/A  
25

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100

0.29 to 1 89% 41% 71% 54% 55 4% N/A  
25

2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
(817) 257-7000

1.82 to 1 68% 41% 90% 75% 92 3% 72%  
25

107 North Chapel Drive
Toccoa Falls, Georgia 30598-7062
(706) 886-6831

1.53 to 1 98% 41% 60% 46% 57 3% N/A  
29

1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
(800) 475-2001

1.43 to 1 27% 42% 69% 46% 71 0% N/A  
29

6801 N Yates Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-3985
(414) 410-4000

0.32 to 1 97% 42% N/A 38% 61 3% 21%  
29

777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000

1.47 to 1 33% 42% 78% 41% 47 4% N/A  
29

101 Elm Avenue SE
Roanoke, Virginia 24013
(888) 985-8483

1.17 to 1 99% 42% 71% 52% 28 3% 92%  
29

320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649-2099
(864) 388-8000

1.93 to 1 32% 42% 61% 40% 62 3% N/A  
29

3225 W Foster Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4895
(773) 244-6200

N/A 96% 42% N/A 56% 88 6% 60%  
35

650 College Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30720-3797
(706) 272-4436

2.91 to 1 2% 43% 61% 17% 45 11% N/A  
35

2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, Texas 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

0.71 to 1 96% 43% 78% 61% 44 6% N/A  
35

2720 Stone Park Blvd
Sioux City, Iowa 51104-0263
(712) 279-3149

N/A 50% 43% N/A 100% 13 6% N/A  
35

4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, Florida 33620-9951
(813) 974-2011

13.14 to 1 64% 43% 87% 57% 49 0% N/A  
39

10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, California 92131-1799
(866) 825-5426

0.50 to 1 N/A 44% 66% 0% 37 3% N/A  
39

200 ACC Drive NE
Wilson, North Carolina 27893-7000
(252) 399-6300

1.64 to 1 100% 44% 71% 48% 59 5% N/A  
39

1100 College Street
Columbus, Mississippi 39701
(662) 329-4750

1.55 to 1 82% 44% 74% 37% 93 5% N/A  
39

720 Heber Ave
Calexico, California 92231
(760) 768-5500

N/A N/A 44% N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
39

Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, New York 13820-4015
(607) 436-3500

1.10 to 1 51% 44% 84% 67% 65 3% N/A  
39

355 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611-3115
(352) 392-3261

13.07 to 1 38% 44% 96% 85% 101 2% N/A  
45

2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
(904) 256-8000

1.19 to 1 98% 45% 61% 41% 64 6% N/A  
45

400 East Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-2355
(502) 597-6000

4.79 to 1 48% 45% 46% 14% 75 14% 60%  
45

3100 McCormick Ave
Wichita, Kansas 67213-2097
(316) 942-4291

0.62 to 1 95% 45% 69% 47% 47 4% N/A  
48

125 W. Cooper
Sterling, Kansas 67579
(620) 278-2173

1.74 to 1 100% 46% 55% 34% 57 17% 67%  
48

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

1.22 to 1 80% 46% 78% 61% 62 0% 45%  
48

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32816
(407) 823-2000

2.52 to 1 41% 46% 88% 65% 44 3% 76%  
48

4100 S 4th St Trafficway
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-5082
(913) 682-5151

0.51 to 1 100% 46% 64% 37% 86 3% N/A  
48

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085-1699
(610) 519-4500

1.63 to 1 55% 46% 94% 88% 93 0% 70%  
53

1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
Alcorn State, Mississippi 39096-7500
(601) 877-6100

3.76 to 1 23% 47% 69% 32% 66 11% 28%  
53

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, California 92831-3599
(657) 278-2011

1.02 to 1 36% 47% 88% 51% 53 0% N/A  
53

840 Wood St
Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214
(814) 393-2000

2.39 to 1 11% 47% 70% 48% 66 4% N/A  
53

1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
(615) 444-2562

0.65 to 1 96% 47% 68% 31% 52 15% 70%  
53

100 College Station Dr
Macon, Georgia 31206-5145
(478) 471-2700

N/A 3% 47% N/A 11% 44 12% N/A  
53

2200 169th St
Hammond, Indiana 46323-2094
(219) 989-2400

1.05 to 1 17% 47% 69% 29% 45 0% N/A  
53

2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, New York 14624
(585) 594-6000

0.55 to 1 98% 47% 80% 59% 51 4% 79%  
53

5201 University Blvd
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
(956) 326-2001

1.23 to 1 31% 47% 72% 39% 44 0% 47%  
53

2400 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, Texas 78712
(512) 471-3434

9.15 to 1 39% 47% 93% 79% 113 0% N/A  
62

1 University Place
Lamoni, Iowa 50140
(641) 784-5000

1.31 to 1 100% 48% 68% 50% 94 4% 63%  
62

138 N Lucretia St
Oakland City, Indiana 47660-1099
(812) 749-4781

0.22 to 1 94% 48% 75% 71% 37 6% 65%  
62

2139 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219-2989
(513) 585-2401

1.56 to 1 68% 48% N/A 69% 5 0% N/A  
62

One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8678
(530) 752-1011

9.87 to 1 72% 48% 92% 81% 60 0% 91%  
62

106 S Sixth St
Forest City, Iowa 50436-1713
(641) 585-2450

12.67 to 1 100% 48% 47% 43% 66 5% 87%  
67

901 E Alosta
Azusa, California 91702-7000
(626) 969-3434

0.66 to 1 92% 49% 83% 63% 53 2% N/A  
67

Brannen Hall, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391

6.19 to 1 8% 49% 77% 50% 79 4% 55%  
67

700 Fox Chase Rd
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania 19046-3399
(215) 885-2360

N/A 30% 49% N/A 40% 47 6% N/A  
67

8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, New York 11439
(718) 990-6161

0.78 to 1 98% 49% 76% 59% 93 0% 45%  
67

414 E Clark St
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2390
(605) 677-5301

3.05 to 1 62% 49% 75% 50% 101 3% 80%  
67

Station One
Livingston, Alabama 35470
(205) 652-3400

0.90 to 1 57% 49% 56% 34% 76 7% N/A  
73

1423 N Jefferson
Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 269-3401

N/A 0% 50% N/A 54% 14 0% N/A  
73

4380 Main St
Amherst, New York 14226-3592
(716) 839-3600

0.69 to 1 97% 50% 81% 48% 58 6% N/A  
73

1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
(252) 335-3400

3.27 to 1 38% 50% 79% 43% 67 13% 42%  
76

33 gilmer st
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000

2.43 to 1 3% 51% 83% 51% 62 3% 87%  
76

21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075-1058
(248) 204-4000

0.40 to 1 82% 51% 74% 52% 47 3% 85%  
76

720 North 87th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114-2852
(402) 354-7000

4.55 to 1 87% 51% 72% 64% 25 0% 98%  
76

4545 College Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44121-4293
(216) 381-1680

0.40 to 1 99% 51% 65% 36% 83 0% 80%  
76

2201 Silver Lake Rd
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006-6299
(918) 333-6151

0.23 to 1 99% 51% 66% 45% 36 5% N/A  
76

Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4512
(618) 453-2121

6.84 to 1 40% 51% 61% 48% 101 0% 75%  
76

10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, New York 14802
(800) 425-3733

4.76 to 1 77% 51% 81% 48% 62 6% 51%  
76

2 Main Street
Delhi, New York 13753-1100
(607) 746-4000

1.32 to 1 71% 51% 72% 39% 62 10% N/A  
76

155 Miami Street
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
(800) 968-6446

0.20 to 1 57% 51% 66% 38% 29 6% 82%  
76

3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, Texas 77901
(877) 970-4848

1.52 to 1 74% 51% 55% 0% 36 0% N/A  
76

2701 Spring St
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808-3994
(260) 399-7700

1.06 to 1 99% 51% N/A 51% 57 0% N/A  
76

140 Seventh Ave S.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-9807
(727) 873-4873

1.30 to 1 34% 51% 68% 33% 7 0% N/A  
76

1477 S Manchester Ave
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 782-1700

N/A 3% 51% N/A 0% 3 0% N/A  
89

401 Medical Park Drive
Concord, North Carolina 28025-3959
(704) 403-1555

0.96 to 1 9% 52% N/A 73% 19 3% N/A  
89

7000 Mercy Rd.
Omaha, Nebraska 68106
(402) 399-2400

0.58 to 1 99% 52% 69% 36% 56 8% 82%  
89

4225 University Ave
Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645
(706) 507-8800

1.21 to 1 9% 52% 67% 34% 51 6% N/A  
89

2500 E Nutwood Ave
Fullerton, California 92831-3199
(714) 879-3901

0.24 to 1 91% 52% 72% 40% 45 4% N/A  
89

9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237-5898
(412) 367-9300

0.44 to 1 72% 52% 66% 53% 41 3% N/A  
89

500 E College St
Marshall, Missouri 65340
(660) 831-4000

1.90 to 1 99% 52% 55% 28% 98 8% N/A  
89

1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707
(919) 530-6100

3.01 to 1 64% 52% 72% 43% 76 10% N/A  
89

201 Old Main
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700

6.42 to 1 30% 52% 92% 86% 93 0% 83%  
89

1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224-7699
(904) 620-1000

1.87 to 1 47% 52% 83% 48% 40 4% N/A  
89

500 N Wilcox St
Joliet, Illinois 60435-6188
(815) 740-3360

0.56 to 1 100% 52% 79% 56% 76 0% N/A  
99

3000 College Dr
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
(276) 326-3682

0.53 to 1 99% 53% 61% 34% 65 3% N/A  
99

1000 E Victoria St
Carson, California 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300

0.54 to 1 65% 53% 77% 28% 50 0% 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