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  
N/A

301 Largo Rd
Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
(301) 336-6000

0.54 to 1 4% N/A 58% 7% 45 8% N/A  
N/A

303 Lowe Street
Valdez, Alaska 99686-0097
(907) 834-1600

0.15 to 1 12% N/A N/A 4% 25 0% N/A  
N/A

670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01606-2092
(508) 853-2300

0.31 to 1 11% N/A N/A 14% 47 8% N/A  
N/A

629 Industrial Pk Ave
Asheboro, North Carolina 27205
(336) 633-0200

0.48 to 1 3% N/A 56% 23% 40 0% N/A  
N/A

12745 College Drive
Glenns, Virginia 23149-2616
(804) 758-6700

N/A 22% N/A N/A 22% 41 0% N/A  
N/A

118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, New Jersey 8876
(908) 526-1200

0.33 to 1 3% N/A N/A 20% 42 11% N/A  
N/A

13300 W Sixth Ave
Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255
(303) 914-6600

0.22 to 1 2% N/A N/A 24% 39 14% N/A  
N/A

2525 E. Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64132-1199
(816) 995-2800

8.67 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 11 0% 95%  
N/A

One College Pk
Decatur, Illinois 62521-8512
(217) 875-7200

0.66 to 1 31% N/A 59% 24% 36 12% N/A  
N/A

1042 W Hamlet Ave
Hamlet, North Carolina 28345-1189
(910) 410-1700

N/A 4% N/A N/A 21% 45 0% N/A  
N/A

2323 W 14th St
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-8000

N/A 4% N/A N/A 16% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

5160 Fayetteville Rd
Lumberton, North Carolina 28360
(910) 272-3700

0.63 to 1 1% N/A N/A 17% 39 0% N/A  
N/A

1600 Pierce St
Denver, Colorado 80214
(303) 753-6046

0.75 to 1 88% N/A 100% 41% 14 0% N/A  
N/A

11 Sunset Way
Henderson, Nevada 89014
(702) 990-4433

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 6 0% N/A  
N/A

1333 Jake Alexander Blvd
Salisbury, North Carolina 28146-1595
(704) 216-3602

N/A 13% N/A N/A 34% 44 0% N/A  
N/A

3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, California 95822-1386
(916) 558-2111

N/A 0% N/A N/A 19% 62 7% N/A  
N/A

5658 E State St
Rockford, Illinois 61108-2468
(815) 395-5091

4.00 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 20 0% 85%  
N/A

2735 Bardstown Road
Saint Catharine, Kentucky 40061
(859) 336-5082

2.50 to 1 90% N/A N/A 31% 57 0% N/A  
N/A

511 NE Greenleaf St
Peoria, Illinois 61603-3783
(309) 655-2201

1.30 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 23 0% N/A  
N/A

5001 Saint Johns Ave
Palatka, Florida 32177
(386) 312-4200

0.72 to 1 22% N/A N/A 36% 51 0% N/A  
N/A

223 W Main St
Salem, West Virginia 26426
(304) 326-1109

0.76 to 1 79% N/A 43% 11% 51 11% N/A  
N/A

1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, Texas 78212-4299
(210) 486-0000

0.69 to 1 1% N/A N/A 5% 62 12% N/A  
N/A

701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, California 92410-2798
(909) 384-4400

0.88 to 1 1% N/A N/A 14% 62 12% N/A  
N/A

8060 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, Texas 77501-2007
(281) 998-6150

0.71 to 1 1% N/A N/A 14% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

8400 W Mineral King Ave
Visalia, California 93291-9283
(559) 651-2500

N/A 4% N/A N/A 53% 19 0% N/A  
N/A

3395 Airport Rd
Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374
(910) 692-6185

0.55 to 1 12% N/A N/A 20% 46 4% N/A  
N/A

5300 California Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93309
(661) 835-1100

N/A 24% N/A N/A 65% 29 0% N/A  
N/A

721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, California 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581

0.49 to 1 5% N/A N/A 35% 62 10% N/A  
N/A

1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395
(707) 527-4011

0.31 to 1 11% N/A N/A 34% 62 10% N/A  
N/A

173 Illinois Rt 2
Dixon, Illinois 61021-9112
(815) 288-5511

0.43 to 1 16% N/A N/A 31% 42 19% N/A  
N/A

78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, New York 12305
(518) 381-1200

N/A 4% N/A N/A 17% 40 9% N/A  
N/A

8560 Ulmerton Road
Largo, Florida 33771
(727) 736-5082

0.03 to 1 0% N/A N/A 32% 31 9% 80%  
N/A

9600 College Way North
Seattle, Washington 98103-3599
(206) 934-3600

0.41 to 1 9% N/A N/A 21% 41 0% N/A  
N/A

940 Second St
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
(740) 354-3205

0.86 to 1 34% N/A 49% 29% 39 10% N/A  
N/A

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, Washington 98133-5696
(206) 546-4101

0.60 to 1 11% N/A N/A 27% 48 4% N/A  
N/A

6151 Powers Ferry Rd Ste 170
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
(800) 475-0982

0.98 to 1 13% N/A 68% 40% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

444 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
(937) 512-3000

N/A 12% N/A N/A 11% 44 10% N/A  
N/A

3201 W Pecan
McAllen, Texas 78502-9701
(956) 872-8311

2.23 to 1 1% N/A 57% 16% 19 0% 95%  
N/A

7700 W Palmer Ln Bldg A Ste A100
Austin, Texas 78729
(512) 516-8800

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

4743 Richmond Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44128
(855) 398-9280

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

301south 68th Street Place
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-2449
(402) 471-3333

N/A 36% N/A N/A 23% 31 0% N/A  
N/A

700 College Rd
Cumberland, Kentucky 40823
(606) 589-2145

0.98 to 1 8% N/A 65% 26% 13 13% N/A  
N/A

2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
(605) 367-7624

0.78 to 1 6% N/A 56% 38% 33 4% 97%  
N/A

1500 West Agency Road
West Burlington, Iowa 52655-0180
(319) 752-2731

4.69 to 1 17% N/A 33% 28% 40 15% N/A  
N/A

3575 College Road
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
(618) 252-5400

N/A 32% N/A N/A 32% 38 33% N/A  
N/A

6415 Spellman Road
Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906
(870) 574-4500

0.38 to 1 15% N/A N/A 47% 34 11% N/A  
N/A

1685 Medical Lane
Fort Myers, Florida 33907-1108
(239) 939-4766

N/A 48% N/A N/A 37% 30 10% N/A  
N/A

1156 College Dr
Summit, Mississippi 39666-0000
(601) 276-2000

3.74 to 1 35% N/A 50% 28% 56 0% N/A  
N/A

369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill
Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101
(276) 964-2555

0.28 to 1 52% N/A 57% 24% 44 0% N/A  
N/A

100 W Hillcrest
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 645-3921

2.00 to 1 85% N/A 61% 29% 56 7% 65%  
N/A

900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, California 91910-7299
(619) 482-6550

N/A 1% N/A 59% 15% 50 7% N/A  
N/A

1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, Iowa 50801
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0.54 to 1 39% N/A 57% 43% 39 8% 47%  
N/A

1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420-2193
(541) 888-2525

N/A 50% N/A N/A 22% 48 14% N/A  
N/A

800 Brisack Road
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
(864) 592-4600

N/A 2% N/A 58% 13% 44 3% 66%  
N/A

1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
(509) 533-8020

1.39 to 1 16% N/A N/A 22% 47 9% 55%  
N/A

3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, Washington 99224-5288
(509) 533-3500

0.43 to 1 10% N/A N/A 23% 47 9% N/A  
N/A

1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702-2694
(217) 525-1420

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% N/A 0% N/A  
N/A

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
Cottleville, Missouri 63376-0975
(636) 922-8000

0.29 to 1 3% N/A 64% 16% 23 0% 80%  
N/A

323 Erie Street
Port Huron, Michigan 48061-5015
(810) 984-3881

0.42 to 1 15% N/A 60% 16% 84 0% N/A  
N/A

729 E. Carpenter St
Springfield, Illinois 62702
(217) 525-5628

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 19 0% N/A  
N/A

1801 Martin Luther King Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098
(210) 486-2000

0.77 to 1 0% N/A N/A 4% 63 0% N/A  
N/A

1540 Northway Drive
Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240
(320) 308-5000

0.59 to 1 5% N/A 49% 30% 29 4% 96%  
N/A

6021 142nd Ave N
Clearwater, Florida 33760-2822
(727) 341-4772

0.23 to 1 22% N/A N/A 31% 83 11% N/A  
N/A

141 College Drive
Albemarle, North Carolina 28001
(704) 982-0121

1.00 to 1 13% N/A N/A 30% 35 100% N/A  
N/A

383 W Vine St
Murray, Utah 84123-5671
(801) 281-7620

N/A 0% N/A N/A 55% 12 0% N/A  
N/A

3201 Jermantown Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 539-6890

0.72 to 1 4% N/A 87% 20% 12 14% 80%  
N/A

2121 15th Street N
Arlington, Virginia 22207
(703) 892-5100

N/A 0% N/A N/A 53% 33 0% N/A  
N/A

533 College Rd
Selden, New York 11784-2899
(631) 451-4110

N/A 1% N/A N/A 19% 48 10% N/A  
N/A

3101 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40205-3013
(502) 456-6504

0.81 to 1 56% N/A N/A 51% 35 15% 60%  
N/A

630 S. Main St.
Dobson, North Carolina 27017-8432
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0.50 to 1 15% N/A N/A 19% 45 0% N/A  
N/A

29 Emmons Park Drive
Taft, California 93268
(661) 763-7700

0.69 to 1 22% N/A N/A 21% 62 0% N/A  
N/A

444 Appleyard Dr
Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
(850) 201-6200

0.27 to 1 10% N/A N/A 33% 45 17% N/A  
N/A

1500 Houston St
Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6524
(817) 515-5100

0.53 to 1 11% N/A N/A 9% 45 10% N/A  
N/A

5190 SE 125th Street
Belleview, Florida 34420
(352) 245-4119

N/A 0% N/A N/A 94% 8 0% N/A  
N/A

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1561
(615) 963-5111

2.57 to 1 32% N/A 55% 35% 68 9% N/A  
N/A

805 Rudder Tower
College Station, Texas 77843-1244
(979) 845-3211

22.71 to 1 52% 63% 92% 81% 88 5% N/A  
N/A

8441 State Hwy 47, Clinical Building 1 - Suite 3100
Bryan, Texas 77807
(979) 436-9100

1.16 to 1 N/A N/A N/A 0% 15 0% N/A  
N/A

3601 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79430
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N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 10 1% N/A  
N/A

14271 Story Rd
San Jose, California 95127-3823
(408) 254-6900

N/A 74% N/A N/A 33% 12 0% 90%  
N/A

80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520-4991
(956) 882-8200

1.45 to 1 83% N/A 57% 25% 19 0% N/A  
N/A

301 University Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77555-0129
(409) 772-1011

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 41 0% N/A  
N/A

101 W State St
Trenton, New Jersey 08608-1176
(609) 984-1100

N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 37 0% N/A  
N/A

1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 955-6000

N/A N/A N/A N/A 86% 38 1% N/A  
N/A

99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, Virginia 23666
(757) 825-2700

N/A 2% N/A N/A 14% 44 9% N/A  
N/A

574 New London Turnpike
Norwich, Connecticut 6360
(860) 886-0177

0.32 to 1 18% N/A N/A 11% 41 5% N/A  
N/A

Highway 86, Mile Post 115.5 N
Sells, Arizona 85634-3129
(520) 383-8401

1.55 to 1 0% N/A 100% 17% 9 0% N/A  
N/A

170 North St
Dryden, New York 13053-0139
(607) 844-8211

0.24 to 1 5% N/A N/A 25% 41 12% 65%  
N/A

7900 U.S. Hwy 76
Pendleton, South Carolina 29670
(864) 646-1500

N/A 7% N/A 45% 8% 43 0% N/A  
N/A

7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
(843) 574-6111

0.60 to 1 1% N/A N/A 8% 13 6% N/A  
N/A

5757 Plaza Drive, Suite 100
Cypress, California 90630-5041
(800) 375-9878

N/A 0% N/A N/A 11% 9 0% N/A  
N/A

100 Cardinal Drive
Athens, Texas 75751
(903) 675-6200

1.18 to 1 29% N/A N/A 21% 62 11% N/A  
N/A

7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, Nevada 89512-3999
(775) 673-7000

0.43 to 1 7% N/A 62% 16% 34 10% N/A  
N/A

1400 East Fifth Street
Tyler, Texas 75701
(903) 510-2200

1.03 to 1 19% N/A 49% 14% 83 10% N/A  
N/A

440 E McMillan St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206-1925
(800) 861-6400

0.10 to 1 46% N/A 71% 27% 29 4% N/A  
N/A

830 Bay Boulevard
Chula Vista, California 91911
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N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 5 11% N/A  
N/A

3315 University Dr
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
() -

3.50 to 1 28% N/A 30% 14% 32 0% 90%  
N/A

4670 Auto Mall Pkwy
Fremont, California 94538
(510) 249-1060

N/A 0% N/A N/A 74% 5 0% N/A  
N/A

505 South Chandalar Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211

0.48 to 1 40% N/A 74% 31% 80 7% N/A  
N/A

11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, Alaska 99801-8697
(877) 465-4827

0.80 to 1 21% N/A 61% 11% 31 4% N/A  
N/A

2005 White Drive
Batesville, Arkansas 72503-3350
(870) 612-2000

N/A 38% N/A 58% 22% 16 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