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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  
99

1115 College Drive
Gaffney, South Carolina 29340-3799
(864) 489-7151

2.96 to 1 86% 53% 53% 43% 86 8% N/A  
99

2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7001
(919) 515-2011

10.75 to 1 52% 53% 92% 71% 86 0% N/A  
99

2406 S Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220-9319
(920) 684-6691

0.47 to 1 91% 53% 63% 42% 55 2% 69%  
99

739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010

2.61 to 1 47% 53% 85% 67% 117 0% N/A  
99

601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5963
(910) 962-3000

1.65 to 1 44% 53% 86% 69% 62 0% 59%  
106

1100 E 5th St
Anderson, Indiana 46012-3495
(765) 649-9071

0.97 to 1 95% 54% 75% 57% 68 0% 85%  
106

222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525

3.32 to 1 40% 54% 91% 75% 99 3% N/A  
106

2400 Sixth St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20059-0001
(202) 806-6100

2.33 to 1 64% 54% 85% 63% 93 4% 65%  
106

500 University Ave W
Minot, North Dakota 58707
(701) 858-3000

1.73 to 1 57% 54% 65% 33% 67 4% N/A  
106

634 Henderson St
Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365-0919
(919) 658-2502

0.79 to 1 88% 54% 60% 41% 54 3% N/A  
106

3400 N Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(252) 985-5100

0.26 to 1 87% 54% 56% 24% 48 14% N/A  
106

1815 Union Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
(423) 493-4100

N/A 67% 54% N/A 25% 14 9% N/A  
106

5210 Grand Ave
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
(479) 788-7000

1.21 to 1 57% 54% 64% 23% 41 0% 58%  
114

325 Cherry Ave
McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
(731) 352-4000

0.50 to 1 53% 55% 64% 29% 62 1% 48%  
114

467 Franklin St
Bloomfield, New Jersey 7003
(973) 748-9000

0.45 to 1 95% 55% 64% 37% 54 13% 50%  
114

4400 University Dr
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000

1.04 to 1 19% 55% 86% 66% 42 2% 69%  
114

1 Normal Avenue - 855 Valley Road
Montclair, New Jersey 07043-1624
(973) 655-4000

0.57 to 1 15% 55% 82% 63% 77 3% N/A  
114

1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, Oklahoma 74017-3252
(918) 343-7777

0.61 to 1 10% 55% 61% 16% 64 12% N/A  
119

8700 College View Drive
Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375-9001
(952) 446-4100

0.26 to 1 98% 56% 79% 50% 34 1% N/A  
119

608 6th St NE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58405
(701) 252-3467

3.00 to 1 100% 56% 68% 52% 94 1% N/A  
119

1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
Dekalb, Illinois 60115-2828
(800) 892-3050

3.47 to 1 78% 56% 70% 54% 99 4% N/A  
119

3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796
(954) 262-7300

0.90 to 1 86% 56% 72% 42% 43 2% N/A  
119

3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, California 92106-2899
(619) 849-2200

0.65 to 1 81% 56% 83% 75% 65 1% N/A  
119

201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey 8028
(856) 256-4000

0.52 to 1 38% 56% 85% 71% 56 4% N/A  
119

2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 468-2011

2.89 to 1 47% 56% 63% 44% 87 10% N/A  
119

2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, West Virginia 25304
(304) 357-4800

1.93 to 1 100% 56% 70% 42% 56 12% N/A  
119

212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000

2.37 to 1 46% 56% 83% 46% 60 6% N/A  
119

One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
(217) 206-6600

1.34 to 1 82% 56% 72% 47% 39 6% N/A  
119

1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1699
(605) 331-5000

0.75 to 1 99% 56% 68% 48% 56 1% 96%  
119

601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001
(336) 750-2000

167.00 to 1 41% 56% 78% 40% 67 0% N/A  
119

1125 E 8th St
York, Nebraska 68467-2699
(402) 363-5600

1.38 to 1 96% 56% 58% 31% 44 7% 70%  
132

351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah 84720
(435) 586-7700

1.53 to 1 52% 57% 66% 45% 81 2% N/A  
132

3250 Wilshire Blvd Ste 400
Los Angeles, California 90010
(213) 739-9999

N/A 3% 57% N/A 23% 23 0% N/A  
134

420 W Main St
Danville, Virginia 24541
(434) 791-5600

1.07 to 1 100% 58% 62% 40% 86 6% N/A  
134

5500 University Pky
San Bernardino, California 92407-2397
(909) 537-5000

1.43 to 1 62% 58% 88% 44% 50 0% N/A  
134

2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, Kansas 67213
(316) 295-5000

0.57 to 1 91% 58% 60% 32% 63 4% N/A  
134

1101 W College Ave
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650-2299
(217) 245-3000

3.33 to 1 100% 58% 72% 62% 101 2% N/A  
134

1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705-1098
(724) 357-2100

7.05 to 1 8% 58% 75% 50% 73 0% N/A  
134

100 Academic Pkwy
Grayson, Kentucky 41143-1199
(606) 474-3000

2.06 to 1 98% 58% 57% 41% 30 13% N/A  
134

1032 W. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 274-3000

0.97 to 1 94% 58% 87% 70% 93 3% N/A  
134

200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, Mississippi 39058
(601) 925-3000

0.80 to 1 98% 58% 73% 62% 92 3% 68%  
134

One College Park Dr
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141-8698
(877) 434-1115

0.32 to 1 96% 58% 60% 39% 36 4% 75%  
134

800 Country Club Rd
Waterbury, Connecticut 6723
(800) 345-2562

0.35 to 1 48% 58% 58% 25% 42 10% 69%  
134

1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, Washington 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100

3.59 to 1 26% 58% 93% 81% 96 0% N/A  
145

250 University Ave
California, Pennsylvania 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

1.59 to 1 11% 59% 78% 51% 63 4% N/A  
145

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975
(321) 674-8000

1.11 to 1 89% 59% 79% 55% 50 3% 49%  
145

101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-1099
(301) 687-4000

1.84 to 1 47% 59% 72% 44% 61 4% 91%  
145

301 Lake St
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612-1098
(570) 674-6400

0.52 to 1 100% 59% 86% 68% 79 0% 70%  
145

2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, New York 10468
(718) 933-6700

0.32 to 1 68% 59% 70% 51% 24 0% 95%  
145

1114 W FM 1382
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104-1204
(972) 291-1541

0.83 to 1 99% 59% 58% 45% 48 0% N/A  
145

7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171
(918) 495-6161

1.53 to 1 99% 59% N/A 51% 43 4% N/A  
145

2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
(651) 690-6000

4.24 to 1 99% 59% 83% 55% 98 0% N/A  
145

1400 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-6170
(336) 334-5000

3.51 to 1 46% 59% 76% 54% 93 0% N/A  
145

1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
(229) 333-5800

3.08 to 1 4% 59% 67% 41% 85 4% N/A  
145

470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63119-3194
(314) 961-2660

0.43 to 1 86% 59% 79% 64% 89 3% 72%  
145

181 White Street
Danbury, Connecticut 06810-6826
(203) 837-8200

0.63 to 1 1% 59% 68% 43% 60 8% 71%  
145

15 E Peace St
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-1194
(919) 508-2000

0.31 to 1 100% 59% 65% 31% 67 0% N/A  
158

5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, California 93740
(559) 278-4240

1.11 to 1 55% 60% 84% 48% 65 0% N/A  
158

3910 Kirby Ste 200
Houston, Texas 77098-4151
(713) 529-2778

0.09 to 1 0% 60% N/A 64% 25 7% N/A  
158

Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
(412) 365-1100

0.45 to 1 100% 60% 76% 59% 90 2% N/A  
158

202 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
(734) 487-1849

1.63 to 1 76% 60% 75% 37% 99 3% N/A  
158

2325 Chester Blvd
Richmond, Indiana 47374-1289
(765) 973-8200

0.61 to 1 36% 60% 67% 27% 43 0% N/A  
158

W3718 South Drive, Cth M
Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073
(920) 565-2111

4.07 to 1 99% 60% 81% 46% 53 2% 98%  
158

18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, New York 14214-2695
(716) 880-2000

0.41 to 1 98% 60% N/A 46% 63 6% N/A  
158

2221 Madison Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604-1132
(419) 251-1313

0.63 to 1 50% 60% 100% 47% 19 0% N/A  
158

437 Pequot Avenue
New London, Connecticut 6320
(860) 701-5000

0.59 to 1 94% 60% 56% 39% 58 6% N/A  
158

2211 College View Drive
Redding, California 96003-8606
(530) 224-5600

0.51 to 1 99% 60% 63% 41% 45 4% N/A  
158

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
(719) 255-3000

N/A 35% 60% N/A 47% 44 4% N/A  
158

104 University Circle
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
(377) 482-1000

3.77 to 1 30% 60% 74% 44% 89 6% N/A  
170

208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, Colorado 81101
(719) 587-7011

1.72 to 1 66% 61% 55% 21% 64 0% N/A  
170

2000 University Ave
Muncie, Indiana 47306
(765) 289-1241

4.97 to 1 47% 61% 77% 57% 89 0% 60%  
170

120 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006-6195
(973) 618-3000

0.63 to 1 94% 61% 82% 51% 62 6% N/A  
170

100 College Drive
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104-6196
(610) 606-4666

0.90 to 1 100% 61% 70% 61% 70 2% 34%  
170

East 5th Street
Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353
(252) 328-6131

3.59 to 1 38% 61% 78% 58% 87 2% N/A  
170

800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
(540) 568-6211

1.94 to 1 17% 61% 91% 80% 87 2% N/A  
170

401 North Fairview Street
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745-2390
(570) 484-2011

15.33 to 1 2% 61% 69% 47% 65 0% N/A  
170

323 Eagle Ave
Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939-0430
(580) 349-2611

2.50 to 1 62% 61% 53% 20% 56 10% N/A  
170

2641 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306-5997
(201) 761-6000

0.70 to 1 98% 61% 76% 52% 79 0% N/A  
170

11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514-5750
(850) 474-2000

1.09 to 1 30% 61% 70% 45% 45 0% 41%  
170

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

0.97 to 1 59% 61% 79% 38% 42 0% N/A  
181

Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, North Carolina 28608
(828) 262-2000

2.50 to 1 31% 62% 88% 66% 72 2% N/A  
181

One College Hill
Canton, Missouri 63435-1299
(573) 288-6000

1.23 to 1 100% 62% 68% 50% 90 6% 79%  
181

701 N Clinton
Defiance, Ohio 43512
(419) 784-4010

0.62 to 1 100% 62% 59% 50% 53 4% 82%  
181

55 E Jackson
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 362-8000

0.97 to 1 94% 62% 85% 68% 89 2% N/A  
181

1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000

1.23 to 1 4% 62% 76% 42% 46 5% N/A  
181

Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
(662) 325-2323

7.17 to 1 66% 62% 81% 58% 88 4% 74%  
181

2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309-4401
(248) 370-2100

N/A 79% 62% 70% 43% 48 3% 82%  
181

500 International Parkway
Heathrow, Florida 33612-5627
(877) 253-7152

N/A 0% 62% N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
181

1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, Texas 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000

1.07 to 1 25% 62% 67% 39% 88 6% N/A  
181

University Avenue
Troy, Alabama 36082-0001
(334) 670-3100

0.75 to 1 38% 62% 71% 34% 80 10% N/A  
181

4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, Michigan 48221-3038
(313) 993-1000

N/A 98% 62% 77% 57% 23 4% N/A  
181

Southern Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
(901) 678-2000

1.32 to 1 26% 62% 76% 40% 87 0% N/A  
181

605 Washington St
Fayette, Iowa 52142-1857
(563) 425-5200

0.16 to 1 69% 62% 68% 41% 63 5% 67%  
194

4101 University Dr
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 561-1266

0.77 to 1 94% 63% 65% 52% 33 6% N/A  
194

6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri 63105-3098
(314) 862-3456

0.42 to 1 87% 63% 70% 34% 88 4% N/A  
194

342 Bull St
Savannah, Georgia 31402-3146
(912) 525-5000

3.76 to 1 96% 63% 81% 65% 9 0% N/A  
194

1247 E. Siena Heights Dr
Adrian, Michigan 49221
(517) 263-0731

N/A 99% 63% 63% 43% 74 3% N/A  
194

709 Mall Blvd
Savannah, Georgia 31406
(912) 201-8000

N/A 23% 63% N/A 25% 29 0% N/A  
194

Administration Building
Athens, Georgia 30602
(706) 542-3000

5.06 to 1 21% 63% 94% 83% 105 2% 59%  
194

374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts 1003
(413) 545-0111

8.45 to 1 57% 63% 88% 70% 82 0% 62%  

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