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  
498

3950 E Newman Rd
Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
(417) 625-9300

2.06 to 1 52% 96% 60% 34% 65 10% N/A  
498

1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, Kansas 66067-3399
(785) 242-5200

2.27 to 1 99% 96% 51% 40% 100 0% 50%  
498

901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(561) 803-2000

0.99 to 1 100% 96% 68% 51% 42 6% 64%  
498

907 Wesleyan Drive
Central, South Carolina 29630-1020
(864) 644-5000

0.42 to 1 88% 96% 70% 57% 41 6% N/A  
498

1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
(785) 670-1010

0.97 to 1 57% 96% 67% 34% 101 0% 70%  
506

2303 College Ave
Huntington, Indiana 46750
(260) 356-6000

1.14 to 1 97% 97% 73% 59% 53 1% 65%  
506

One University Plaza, MS4675
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 651-2000

1.95 to 1 67% 97% 74% 46% 99 6% N/A  
506

2233 W Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85021-2859
(602) 678-4300

N/A 54% 97% N/A 42% 9 0% N/A  
506

302 Buchtel Common
Akron, Ohio 44325-4702
(330) 972-7111

0.85 to 1 39% 97% 67% 41% 100 0% N/A  
506

1 University Plz
Platteville, Wisconsin 53818-3001
(608) 342-1421

1.36 to 1 20% 97% 77% 52% 63 0% N/A  
506

Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-1400
(435) 797-1000

4.26 to 1 56% 97% 72% 48% 90 1% N/A  
512

1600 South Arlington Street, Suite 100
Akron, Ohio 44306-3931
(330) 724-1600

N/A 4% 98% N/A 41% 12 15% N/A  
512

1001 College Rd
Lyndonville, Vermont 05851-0919
(802) 626-6200

0.57 to 1 87% 98% 59% 31% 49 7% 87%  
512

900 N. Clarkson
Fremont, Nebraska 68025
(800) 642-8382

2.00 to 1 100% 98% 80% 47% 51 10% 95%  
512

101 E Huntington Dr
Monrovia, California 91016
(626) 873-2144

N/A 44% 98% N/A 27% 18 0% 100%  
516

525 S Center
Rexburg, Idaho 83460-1690
(208) 496-1411

N/A 40% 99% N/A 61% 78 1% N/A  
516

550 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
(317) 447-6200

0.33 to 1 6% 99% 39% 29% 34 0% N/A  
516

Anderson Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
(785) 532-6011

4.96 to 1 61% 99% 80% 58% 98 3% N/A  
516

500 8th Ave
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272

1.83 to 1 55% 99% 50% 30% 50 9% N/A  
516

2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
(501) 569-3000

1.57 to 1 40% 99% 67% 20% 85 9% N/A  
521

607 N Kingman
Haviland, Kansas 67059-0288
(620) 862-5252

0.43 to 1 100% 100% 71% 53% 39 5% 90%  
521

6000 Lombardo Center, Suite 200,205,210
Seven Hills, Ohio 44131
(216) 391-6937

N/A 0% 100% N/A 4% N/A 10% N/A  
521

3535 Adkisson Drive
Cleveland, Tennessee 37312
(423) 472-7141

0.58 to 1 19% 100% N/A 17% 45 11% 77%  
521

5002 T-Rex Avenue, Suite 100
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
(561) 912-1211

N/A 24% 100% N/A 58% 21 7% N/A  
521

1810 Young Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-6838
(513) 721-7944

N/A 47% 100% 69% 52% 28 0% N/A  
521

14800 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, California 91405-2233
(818) 779-8040

1.35 to 1 36% 100% 78% 12% 13 0% 46%  
521

700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106-5000
(651) 793-1212

N/A 2% 100% 70% 35% 39 2% N/A  
521

737 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 333-5000

N/A 5% 100% N/A 5% 14 0% N/A  
521

500 W. University Ave
El Paso, Texas 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000

1.36 to 1 42% 100% 72% 38% 78 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