Schools Ranked by Acceptance RatePage 2

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
101

Villanova University

12 to 190%96%48%10%50%N/A
102

Brigham Young University-Provo

20 to 180%86%48%38%71%1%
103

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles

20 to 170%92%49%33%39%10%
104

Howard University

11 to 161%89%49%11%78%10%
105

University of Central Florida

30 to 170%89%49%18%69%N/A
106

Augustana College

12 to 176%86%49%10%97%5%
107

North Park University

11 to 152%75%49%9%89%8%
108

University of Saint Mary

8 to 141%75%49%14%63%N/A
109

Emerson College

13 to 180%100%49%11%58%N/A
110

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

13 to 185%96%49%11%92%N/A
111

William Jewell College

10 to 162%82%49%17%94%N/A
112

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%94%49%17%65%N/A
113

Cumberland University

16 to 145%70%49%29%87%11%
114

University of California-Santa Cruz

18 to 178%88%50%8%74%N/A
115

Florida International University

25 to 158%88%50%20%69%10%
116

Concordia University-Chicago

15 to 150%62%50%7%89%4%
117

Eastern Illinois University

15 to 158%75%50%13%73%6%
118

Mount Holyoke College

10 to 185%90%50%14%80%N/A
119

Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing

8 to 150%100%50%39%67%4%
120

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

16 to 165%83%50%12%72%N/A
121

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

15 to 175%93%50%20%54%N/A
122

Abilene Christian University

15 to 161%79%50%10%94%9%
123

Loyola Marymount University

11 to 179%91%51%10%78%N/A
124

Warner University

17 to 140%72%51%36%99%N/A
125

University of St Francis

11 to 165%76%51%13%86%N/A
126

Belhaven University

11 to 147%67%51%9%93%6%
127

Avila University

10 to 155%74%51%10%78%9%
128

SUNY College at Cortland

16 to 173%78%51%11%61%N/A
129

SUNY College at Oswego

17 to 166%80%51%14%76%N/A
130

Concordia University-Portland

17 to 148%74%51%8%100%N/A
131

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

16 to 186%93%51%14%68%N/A
132

Clemson University

18 to 181%93%51%15%71%N/A
133

California State University-Fresno

25 to 158%83%52%18%75%7%
134

Simpson University

9 to 149%74%52%14%94%6%
135

The Baptist College of Florida

11 to 151%76%52%29%97%N/A
136

Notre Dame of Maryland University

12 to 154%79%52%11%59%8%
137

Clarkson College

13 to 171%71%52%39%60%N/A
138

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

16 to 175%85%52%20%76%N/A
139

Eastern University

10 to 161%74%52%13%88%8%
140

University of Charleston

14 to 147%66%52%16%89%12%
141

University of Connecticut

17 to 183%92%53%11%62%N/A
142

University of Georgia

18 to 185%95%53%24%82%N/A
143

Illinois Institute of Technology

13 to 173%87%53%11%89%N/A
144

Crown College

18 to 156%68%53%15%80%6%
145

Ramapo College of New Jersey

17 to 174%86%53%13%43%N/A
146

SUNY College at Brockport

16 to 169%82%53%12%61%N/A
147

Gardner-Webb University

13 to 152%73%53%12%58%10%
148

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

20 to 184%94%53%18%43%N/A
149

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

11 to 168%100%53%37%42%N/A
150

Grace College of Divinity

6 to 1N/A83%53%50%24%N/A
151

The University of Alabama

24 to 167%86%54%20%57%N/A
152

Jacksonville University

14 to 141%68%54%12%68%10%
153

The Sage Colleges

12 to 160%78%54%11%90%N/A
154

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

16 to 143%75%54%16%65%13%
155

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

10 to 169%83%54%29%68%N/A
156

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

15 to 182%92%54%13%53%N/A
157

California State University-San Marcos

24 to 151%81%54%16%69%5%
158

San Jose State University

27 to 157%86%55%11%64%5%
159

Berry College

12 to 164%83%55%13%99%4%
160

Elmhurst College

14 to 167%79%55%13%95%2%
161

Oakland City University

12 to 163%71%55%10%24%10%
162

Lawrence Technological University

12 to 156%81%55%16%51%7%
163

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%70%55%15%66%6%
164

Chatham University

10 to 156%76%55%14%64%3%
165

Anderson University

16 to 149%73%55%20%87%9%
166

Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs

7 to 1100%N/A55%17%34%11%
167

University of California-Riverside

19 to 173%91%56%11%84%N/A
168

Florida State University

25 to 179%93%56%20%81%N/A
169

Northwest Nazarene University

15 to 149%77%56%17%80%N/A
170

Greenville College

13 to 157%82%56%14%91%N/A
171

Marian University

13 to 156%80%56%15%66%6%
172

Morningside College

13 to 155%74%56%8%96%N/A
173

Webster University

13 to 162%78%56%21%79%N/A
174

SUNY at Albany

18 to 168%82%56%12%60%N/A
175

Temple University

14 to 171%90%56%17%72%N/A
176

University of Florida-Online

35 to 1N/A88%56%51%55%N/A
177

University of North Florida

18 to 155%80%57%14%61%8%
178

University of West Georgia

20 to 139%72%57%31%73%9%
179

Asbury University

11 to 163%81%57%19%77%6%
180

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

17 to 156%86%57%15%55%N/A
181

William Carey University

13 to 154%81%57%23%85%N/A
182

Rivier University

18 to 143%77%57%11%60%N/A
183

Rochester Institute of Technology

13 to 168%89%57%16%82%N/A
184

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

18 to 150%88%57%22%80%N/A
185

Elon University

12 to 183%90%57%15%54%2%
186

Minot State University

12 to 143%75%57%41%59%N/A
187

Oregon Institute of Technology

19 to 146%78%57%23%47%N/A
188

Providence College

12 to 185%90%57%10%71%N/A
189

Norwich University

12 to 156%74%57%18%93%N/A
190

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

13 to 177%93%58%13%95%N/A
191

Friends University

11 to 141%74%58%22%87%10%
192

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 178%91%58%12%69%N/A
193

Simmons College

7 to 174%85%58%10%91%N/A
194

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

15 to 180%93%58%19%51%N/A
195

University of Dayton

16 to 179%91%58%13%86%N/A
196

University of the Sciences

10 to 172%90%58%9%84%N/A
197

North Greenville University

14 to 155%73%58%34%91%6%
198

Johnson University

14 to 157%74%58%42%89%N/A
199

University of Wisconsin-Madison

18 to 185%96%58%22%42%N/A
200

Concordia University-Irvine

15 to 161%72%59%11%81%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