Schools Ranked by Acceptance RatePage 3

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
201

Sacred Heart University

15 to 164%83%59%14%85%N/A
202

Nova Southeastern University

16 to 144%80%59%15%83%N/A
203

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

6 to 150%74%59%26%83%N/A
204

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

19 to 163%86%59%15%51%N/A
205

Augsburg College

12 to 156%79%59%16%82%5%
206

Cox College

9 to 199%100%59%22%60%N/A
207

Grace University

12 to 146%93%59%32%86%5%
208

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

17 to 156%77%59%26%55%N/A
209

Oklahoma Christian University

13 to 149%79%59%17%96%8%
210

Multnomah University

13 to 155%70%59%29%90%3%
211

Arcadia University

10 to 158%79%59%6%94%6%
212

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

19 to 171%88%59%19%43%N/A
213

Purdue University-Main Campus

12 to 175%92%59%15%51%N/A
214

University of Alabama at Birmingham

18 to 155%79%60%21%58%N/A
215

University of Arkansas

19 to 162%82%60%24%58%N/A
216

Georgia Southern University

21 to 150%82%60%35%67%9%
217

Lincoln Christian University

13 to 161%67%60%36%84%8%
218

Anderson University

11 to 154%75%60%16%89%5%
219

Stevenson University

14 to 153%80%60%13%81%N/A
220

Madonna University

10 to 161%82%60%19%62%N/A
221

University of Minnesota-Morris

12 to 165%77%60%11%74%6%
222

University at Buffalo

13 to 174%88%60%15%55%N/A
223

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

17 to 149%74%60%15%69%N/A
224

Baldwin Wallace University

13 to 167%83%60%18%84%3%
225

Ball State University

14 to 160%82%61%16%65%7%
226

Mount Mercy University

14 to 165%78%61%21%86%4%
227

MidAmerica Nazarene University

7 to 155%74%61%21%85%7%
228

Loyola University Maryland

11 to 181%86%61%7%70%N/A
229

Salisbury University

16 to 167%82%61%14%56%5%
230

The College of Saint Scholastica

15 to 170%84%61%12%82%N/A
231

Evangel University

14 to 154%71%61%24%95%7%
232

University of North Carolina Wilmington

17 to 171%85%61%18%53%N/A
233

Summit University of Pennsylvania

11 to 159%74%61%32%74%N/A
234

Lipscomb University

12 to 155%84%61%20%73%5%
235

The University of Texas at Dallas

23 to 166%84%61%24%65%7%
236

Wheeling Jesuit University

11 to 154%72%61%15%79%N/A
237

University of California-Merced

18 to 166%84%61%9%88%N/A
238

California Lutheran University

15 to 166%84%62%9%87%3%
239

Agnes Scott College

9 to 168%87%62%19%95%7%
240

Illinois Wesleyan University

11 to 183%93%62%12%99%3%
241

Lewis University

13 to 166%84%62%12%81%N/A
242

University of Michigan-Dearborn

15 to 153%80%62%18%63%N/A
243

Winona State University

20 to 158%81%62%24%54%N/A
244

Daniel Webster College

16 to 149%68%62%18%70%8%
245

Le Moyne College

13 to 168%88%62%9%90%6%
246

Saint John Fisher College

12 to 172%86%62%12%96%N/A
247

Salem College

11 to 160%83%62%21%95%7%
248

Southern Wesleyan University

18 to 150%69%62%22%80%12%
249

Presbyterian College

11 to 170%81%62%13%89%4%
250

Eastern Mennonite University

10 to 161%73%62%15%95%3%
251

Whitworth University

11 to 175%95%62%13%94%N/A
252

California State University-Chico

25 to 164%84%63%12%63%7%
253

Whittier College

12 to 166%80%63%9%94%N/A
254

Stetson University

13 to 164%77%63%9%98%5%
255

McKendree University

14 to 156%71%63%19%75%9%
256

Dominican University

11 to 159%79%63%12%90%6%
257

University of Illinois at Springfield

14 to 148%77%63%18%65%N/A
258

Frostburg State University

16 to 151%76%63%24%56%10%
259

Saint Louis University

11 to 171%90%63%12%54%N/A
260

College of Saint Elizabeth

10 to 149%71%63%13%66%8%
261

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

19 to 153%83%63%21%52%N/A
262

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc

12 to 161%85%63%63%23%N/A
263

Texas Tech University

22 to 160%83%63%22%52%N/A
264

University of San Francisco

14 to 171%83%64%8%61%N/A
265

Central College

12 to 167%78%64%10%94%4%
266

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

11 to 166%80%64%50%90%3%
267

Louisiana Tech University

23 to 152%80%64%31%72%8%
268

Caldwell University

12 to 164%82%64%9%74%9%
269

Stockton University

17 to 173%87%64%21%56%N/A
270

Oral Roberts University

16 to 158%80%64%18%87%10%
271

Philadelphia University

13 to 165%82%64%13%88%N/A
272

California Baptist University

18 to 160%76%65%26%85%8%
273

Fairfield University

12 to 182%89%65%9%75%1%
274

Mississippi State University

19 to 160%82%65%28%78%8%
275

Cleveland Institute of Art

9 to 168%83%65%23%97%5%
276

Miami University-Oxford

15 to 180%90%65%14%63%11%
277

University of South Carolina-Columbia

19 to 172%87%65%20%71%N/A
278

Augustana University

10 to 175%84%65%25%97%3%
279

Milwaukee School of Engineering

16 to 164%87%65%22%89%5%
280

Milligan College

9 to 163%78%65%31%87%5%
281

Regis University

14 to 173%79%66%10%54%N/A
282

Brenau University

11 to 148%59%66%9%78%7%
283

Bradley University

12 to 174%86%66%10%94%3%
284

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19 to 185%93%66%22%51%N/A
285

Bethel College-Indiana

12 to 164%78%66%14%84%9%
286

Goshen College

10 to 166%78%66%22%90%4%
287

Michigan State University

17 to 177%92%66%23%51%N/A
288

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

11 to 160%82%66%26%94%9%
289

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

9 to 169%88%66%13%86%1%
290

Roberts Wesleyan College

13 to 162%78%66%18%79%6%
291

St Bonaventure University

11 to 164%86%66%13%99%7%
292

Appalachian State University

16 to 171%86%66%23%45%4%
293

The University of Texas at Arlington

25 to 146%71%66%26%54%N/A
294

Champlain College

14 to 158%79%66%10%73%N/A
295

Viterbo University

11 to 151%78%66%20%85%N/A
296

University of Delaware

16 to 179%92%67%18%62%N/A
297

Mercer University

13 to 161%87%67%18%85%5%
298

Drake University

13 to 175%88%67%12%94%3%
299

Luther College

12 to 177%85%67%16%97%3%
300

Mount St Mary's University

12 to 169%75%67%8%95%4%

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