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  
194

Columbia-Campus
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
(803) 777-7000

2.14 to 1 63% 63% 87% 72% 97 0% N/A  
194

1 University Circle
Macomb, Illinois 61455
(309) 295-1414

9.10 to 1 30% 63% 68% 54% 101 6% 82%  
203

20 University Dr
Nashua, New Hampshire 03063-1300
(603) 577-6000

0.37 to 1 11% 64% 58% 47% 42 4% 61%  
203

1200 Murchison Rd
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298
(910) 672-1111

4.76 to 1 85% 64% 76% 31% 67 15% N/A  
203

118 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 2116
(617) 236-8800

0.23 to 1 81% 64% 65% 40% 44 10% N/A  
203

1600 E Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803-1228
(800) 937-2448

0.15 to 1 80% 64% 73% 30% 52 6% N/A  
203

29 Everett St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-2790
(617) 868-9600

0.36 to 1 93% 64% 79% 46% 62 2% N/A  
203

555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
(800) 637-2969

0.27 to 1 83% 64% 69% 29% 46 6% N/A  
203

Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
(859) 572-5100

1.07 to 1 38% 64% 67% 37% 41 6% N/A  
203

190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6446

2.32 to 1 71% 64% 92% 82% 101 0% N/A  
203

3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601-8801
(541) 885-1000

1.27 to 1 63% 64% 73% 49% 52 2% N/A  
203

3690 East Ave
Rochester, New York 14618-3597
(585) 385-8000

1.16 to 1 100% 64% 84% 75% 57 3% N/A  
203

One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222

1.23 to 1 90% 64% 88% 70% 98 0% 57%  
203

1 St Mary of Woods Coll
Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana 47876-1099
(812) 535-5151

63.00 to 1 100% 64% 74% 62% 95 0% N/A  
203

315 Shorter Ave
Rome, Georgia 30165
(706) 291-2121

0.98 to 1 95% 64% 68% 47% 91 5% N/A  
203

601 S Morgan
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 996-7000

2.55 to 1 63% 64% 78% 58% 44 2% N/A  
203

1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 277-0111

1.90 to 1 48% 64% 77% 46% 92 0% N/A  
203

577 Western Ave
Westfield, Massachusetts 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300

0.91 to 1 27% 64% 81% 60% 57 0% N/A  
219

3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53234-3922
(414) 382-6000

0.79 to 1 99% 65% 72% 39% 63 3% 92%  
219

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois 61920
(217) 581-5000

4.37 to 1 35% 65% 79% 60% 99 3% 42%  
219

One University Blvd
La Grande, Oregon 97850
(541) 962-3672

10.64 to 1 64% 65% 72% 32% 83 6% N/A  
219

101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, Indiana 46131-2623
(317) 738-8000

2.55 to 1 100% 65% 77% 60% 99 0% 68%  
219

2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761
(479) 524-9500

1.17 to 1 96% 65% 84% 68% 52 2% 98%  
219

158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, Vermont 05663-1035
(802) 485-2000

0.97 to 1 100% 65% 85% 53% 81 4% 79%  
219

411 SW 24th St
San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689
(210) 434-6711

0.68 to 1 100% 65% 60% 27% 91 0% N/A  
219

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, Texas 77340
(936) 294-1111

3.50 to 1 18% 65% 71% 48% 89 7% 76%  
219

66 W 12th Street
New York, New York 10011-8603
(212) 229-5600

N/A 89% 65% N/A 64% 54 0% N/A  
219

Charles at Mount Royal
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 837-4200

0.82 to 1 66% 65% 78% 0% 43 2% 88%  
219

800 University Way
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-4999
(864) 503-5000

1.08 to 1 38% 65% 67% 38% 38 0% N/A  
219

118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001
(601) 266-1000

3.18 to 1 70% 65% 75% 50% 85 7% 70%  
219

910 W Franklin St
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512
(804) 828-0100

1.70 to 1 48% 65% 85% 56% 61 2% N/A  
232

South Ave
Garden City, New York 11530-0701
(516) 877-3000

0.48 to 1 92% 66% 82% 66% 93 3% 88%  
232

1646 S Russell Ave
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
(865) 471-2000

1.17 to 1 99% 66% 60% 55% 87 0% N/A  
232

521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3102
(859) 622-1000

1.57 to 1 31% 66% 62% 37% 86 9% N/A  
232

1500 S Ave K
Portales, New Mexico 88130
(575) 562-1011

0.67 to 1 43% 66% 63% 29% 67 0% N/A  
232

231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
(478) 445-2770

2.51 to 1 7% 66% 86% 57% 89 5% N/A  
232

800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, Georgia 31709-4693
(877) 871-4594

1.91 to 1 24% 66% 63% 29% 82 6% N/A  
232

1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 19437-0901
(215) 646-7300

0.42 to 1 99% 66% 81% 62% 56 2% 92%  
232

209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, Missouri 63301-1695
(636) 949-2000

0.34 to 1 93% 66% 72% 41% 93 2% 61%  
232

701 College Rd
Lebanon, Illinois 62254-1291
(618) 537-4481

0.46 to 1 99% 66% 81% 49% 44 8% 97%  
232

South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
(507) 389-1866

1.61 to 1 22% 66% 70% 52% 74 0% N/A  
232

1601 E Market St
Greensboro, North Carolina 27411
(336) 334-7500

3.75 to 1 45% 66% 74% 43% 78 0% N/A  
232

828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401-3745
(541) 343-1641

0.50 to 1 100% 66% 71% 48% 52 7% N/A  
232

724 SW Harrison
Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 725-3511

1.19 to 1 45% 66% 74% 42% 58 4% N/A  
232

601 University Dr
San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 245-2111

3.04 to 1 5% 66% 77% 55% 89 3% 68%  
232

1501 Millpond Rd
Thomasville, Georgia 31792
(229) 226-1621

25.50 to 1 58% 66% N/A 14% 30 9% N/A  
232

1 University Ave
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000

N/A 60% 66% 79% 54% 39 0% N/A  
232

316 Washington Ave
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
(304) 243-2000

1.36 to 1 98% 66% 72% 61% 52 3% 70%  
232

One University Place
Chester, Pennsylvania 19013-5792
(610) 499-4000

0.94 to 1 95% 66% 71% 55% 60 0% 80%  
250

6000 J St
Sacramento, California 95819-2694
(916) 278-6011

1.01 to 1 46% 67% 83% 41% 63 0% N/A  
250

1 University Dr
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718-2799
(270) 789-5000

0.88 to 1 89% 67% 63% 45% 51 6% N/A  
250

411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, Missouri 65248-1198
(660) 248-3391

1.05 to 1 100% 67% 72% 50% 99 0% N/A  
250

101 S 42nd St
Omaha, Nebraska 68131-2739
(402) 552-3100

0.91 to 1 59% 67% 85% 50% 30 4% 100%  
250

291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601-4896
(701) 483-2507

0.68 to 1 62% 67% 57% 38% 65 4% 99%  
250

1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, Pennsylvania 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

0.44 to 1 91% 67% 80% 60% 60 3% N/A  
250

11101 Roosevelt Boulevard N., Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33716
(727) 577-1497

N/A 1% 67% N/A 68% 24 0% N/A  
250

100 Campus View Drive
Lincoln, Illinois 62656-2111
(217) 732-3168

0.44 to 1 75% 67% 75% 47% 60 5% N/A  
250

1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
(615) 898-2300

N/A 23% 67% N/A 45% 86 8% N/A  
250

623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, Idaho 83686-5897
(208) 467-8011

25.75 to 1 98% 67% 80% 55% 84 2% N/A  
250

34 Cornell Drive
Canton, New York 13617-1098
(315) 386-7011

1.16 to 1 81% 67% 75% 32% 62 6% N/A  
250

1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000

1.01 to 1 69% 67% 87% 66% 93 3% N/A  
250

1820 N Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, Virginia 22209-1802
(703) 358-9550

N/A 55% 67% N/A 26% N/A 0% N/A  
250

527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
(865) 974-1000

5.12 to 1 59% 67% 85% 66% 14 0% 84%  
250

55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 556-3610

0.45 to 1 99% 67% 73% 54% 50 3% N/A  
265

50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, Massachusetts 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300

0.31 to 1 97% 68% N/A 47% 59 6% N/A  
265

190 Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3096
(630) 617-3500

0.63 to 1 77% 68% 78% 74% 90 0% 70%  
265

2800 Palmyra Rd
Hannibal, Missouri 63401-1999
(573) 221-3675

0.70 to 1 90% 68% 62% 52% 56 0% N/A  
265

191 Main Street
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
(828) 898-5241

0.96 to 1 99% 68% 55% 34% 61 3% N/A  
265

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0063
(513) 556-6000

40.21 to 1 49% 68% 86% 55% 101 0% N/A  
265

2199 S. University Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80208
(303) 871-2000

0.99 to 1 82% 68% 86% 76% 100 2% 93%  
265

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1092
(513) 745-3000

1.02 to 1 100% 68% 80% 78% 79 1% 67%  
272

1630 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4498
(404) 756-4000

N/A 3% 69% 56% 9% 38 0% N/A  
272

106 Warriner Hall
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
(989) 774-4000

2.19 to 1 64% 69% 75% 57% 91 2% 59%  
272

3 Point Place
Madison, Wisconsin 53719-2848
(608) 620-2200

N/A N/A 69% N/A 0% 3 11% N/A  
272

3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408-1197
(219) 980-6500

0.79 to 1 14% 69% 67% 22% 45 0% N/A  
272

Academy Street
Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933
(570) 662-4000

2.69 to 1 36% 69% 72% 48% 72 6% N/A  
272

4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605
(337) 475-5000

2.08 to 1 39% 69% 68% 38% 60 10% N/A  
272

512 E. Stephens St
Midway, Kentucky 40347-1120
(859) 846-4421

0.93 to 1 71% 69% 75% 62% 65 5% N/A  
272

1235 15th St
Augusta, Georgia 30901-3182
(706) 821-8200

2.04 to 1 34% 69% 52% 22% 70 12% N/A  
272

8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, Missouri 64152-3795
(816) 741-2000

1.18 to 1 66% 69% 61% 41% 101 4% 86%  
272

701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, Texas 76013
(817) 272-2011

1.53 to 1 43% 69% 76% 40% 50 0% N/A  
272

23 University Drive
Fort Kent, Maine 04743-1292
(207) 834-7500

0.68 to 1 71% 69% 64% 43% 44 0% 75%  
272

One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
(314) 516-5000

0.93 to 1 79% 69% 78% 47% 46 0% 79%  
272

300 Campus Drive
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
(814) 362-7500

0.85 to 1 69% 69% 72% 48% 93 0% 76%  
272

6191 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769
(606) 549-2200

1.37 to 1 100% 69% 63% 45% 50 10% 90%  
272

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1380
(608) 262-1234

4.41 to 1 44% 69% 95% 82% 101 0% N/A  
272

900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8804
(608) 796-3000

0.40 to 1 98% 69% 76% 52% 60 2% N/A  
272

2501 4th Ave
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
(806) 651-0000

2.25 to 1 29% 69% 62% 44% 89 0% 77%  
289

12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, Wisconsin 53097-2402
(262) 243-5700

0.74 to 1 100% 70% 74% 59% 50 0% N/A  
289

160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151

2.04 to 1 52% 70% 73% 51% 61 4% N/A  
289

36600 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5300

0.45 to 1 68% 70% 83% 39% 55 2% N/A  
289

1501 State St
Marshall, Minnesota 56258-5468
(507) 537-7678

1.90 to 1 57% 70% 70% 41% 42 2% N/A  
289

285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747-2300
(508) 999-8000

1.32 to 1 64% 70% 74% 50% 50 0% 63%  
289

9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223-0001
(704) 687-2000

2.61 to 1 53% 70% 77% 53% 57 0% 64%  
289

One University Drive
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372-1510
(910) 521-6000

4.22 to 1 13% 70% 64% 34% 63 4% N/A  
289

Carter Hall - Rm 4000
Greeley, Colorado 80639
(970) 351-1890

1.90 to 1 72% 70% 65% 45% 98 5% N/A  
289

208 University Drive
West Liberty, West Virginia 26074
(304) 336-5000

1.50 to 1 49% 70% 71% 41% 72 6% N/A  
298

316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina 29621-4035
(864) 231-2000

0.61 to 1 99% 71% 77% 48% 55 4% 38%  
298

2105 E. Aggie Road
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
(870) 972-2100

2.82 to 1 54% 71% 70% 40% 86 0% 70%  
298

401 College Ave
Ashland, Ohio 44805
(419) 289-4142

0.85 to 1 96% 71% 69% 61% 76 1% 85%  

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