Of those accepted into a college, colleges with a better history and reputation for offering strong programs will see a higher rate of enrollment. The acceptance rate figures are provided by the IPEDS database from the U.S. Department of Education. The most recently available data is for the winter 2013-14 entering undergraduate class.

The IPEDS database did not have retention 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

Western Washington University

18 to 171%82%82%28%48%N/A
102

Dordt College

15 to 169%81%70%27%100%2%
103

Fashion Institute of Technology

17 to 175%90%41%27%41%7%
104

Kent State University at Kent

21 to 156%81%85%27%68%12%
105

Virginia Commonwealth University

17 to 162%86%79%27%55%N/A
106

Samford University

12 to 174%89%93%26%88%N/A
107

California Baptist University

18 to 160%76%65%26%85%8%
108

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

18 to 167%87%81%26%50%4%
109

Southeastern University

20 to 139%67%46%26%77%9%
110

University of Idaho

16 to 157%80%72%26%67%N/A
111

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

6 to 150%74%59%26%83%N/A
112

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

11 to 160%82%66%26%94%9%
113

University of St Thomas

14 to 176%89%84%26%91%N/A
114

Maryville University of Saint Louis

13 to 171%89%72%26%68%N/A
115

Montclair State University

17 to 166%83%70%26%51%5%
116

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

17 to 156%77%59%26%55%N/A
117

Cedarville University

13 to 172%86%74%26%88%2%
118

Franciscan University of Steubenville

14 to 179%86%79%26%89%N/A
119

Oregon State University

18 to 164%85%78%26%54%N/A
120

California University of Pennsylvania

21 to 150%77%85%26%62%8%
121

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

22 to 168%83%68%26%58%N/A
122

The University of Texas at Arlington

25 to 146%71%66%26%54%N/A
123

Edgewood College

10 to 160%81%77%26%85%4%
124

Bristol University

15 to 189%60%46%26%35%12%
125

Auburn University

19 to 173%90%78%25%53%6%
126

Vanguard University of Southern California

15 to 156%78%68%25%81%N/A
127

Maharishi University of Management

11 to 146%90%37%25%68%N/A
128

Maine College of Health Professions

5 to 1100%100%25%25%59%N/A
129

Towson University

17 to 170%86%73%25%47%N/A
130

Westfield State University

17 to 163%79%80%25%56%N/A
131

Calvin College

13 to 174%86%74%25%95%3%
132

Concordia University-Nebraska

14 to 159%76%78%25%73%4%
133

SUNY Maritime College

17 to 156%87%68%25%54%8%
134

East Carolina University

18 to 162%80%69%25%50%N/A
135

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

13 to 167%86%77%25%62%5%
136

Augustana University

10 to 175%84%65%25%97%3%
137

Regent University

28 to 149%80%84%25%84%N/A
138

University of Arkansas

19 to 162%82%60%24%58%N/A
139

University of Florida

20 to 187%96%48%24%88%N/A
140

University of Georgia

18 to 185%95%53%24%82%N/A
141

Saint Mary's College

10 to 179%90%80%24%94%N/A
142

Frostburg State University

16 to 151%76%63%24%56%10%
143

Gordon College

13 to 169%85%93%24%98%2%
144

Grand Valley State University

17 to 167%84%81%24%65%4%
145

Michigan Technological University

12 to 165%87%75%24%86%5%
146

Minnesota State University-Mankato

23 to 149%74%67%24%48%6%
147

Winona State University

20 to 158%81%62%24%54%N/A
148

Evangel University

14 to 154%71%61%24%95%7%
149

Alvernia University

12 to 151%76%74%24%87%8%
150

Carlow University

11 to 150%77%81%24%87%5%
151

Bryan College-Dayton

14 to 157%65%46%24%60%7%
152

The University of Texas at Dallas

23 to 166%84%61%24%65%7%
153

Texas Woman's University

18 to 141%76%86%24%67%8%
154

Washington State University

15 to 164%78%80%24%61%N/A
155

University of Arizona

22 to 161%80%76%23%69%7%
156

Indiana University-Bloomington

17 to 177%89%78%23%59%5%
157

Capitol Technology University

12 to 135%87%97%23%71%7%
158

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

9 to 172%92%71%23%55%7%
159

Michigan State University

17 to 177%92%66%23%51%N/A
160

Concordia College at Moorhead

11 to 173%82%78%23%96%2%
161

William Carey University

13 to 154%81%57%23%85%N/A
162

Appalachian State University

16 to 171%86%66%23%45%4%
163

Cleveland Institute of Art

9 to 168%83%65%23%97%5%
164

The University of Findlay

16 to 156%78%76%23%92%N/A
165

Northwest Christian University

12 to 153%69%68%23%91%N/A
166

Oregon Institute of Technology

19 to 146%78%57%23%47%N/A
167

Saint Vincent College

12 to 169%87%70%23%96%4%
168

Belmont University

14 to 169%83%80%23%65%3%
169

Westminster College

9 to 162%82%96%23%89%N/A
170

University of Illinois at Chicago

18 to 160%81%77%22%65%N/A
171

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19 to 185%93%66%22%51%N/A
172

Goshen College

10 to 166%78%66%22%90%4%
173

Huntington University

10 to 166%79%84%22%85%4%
174

Friends University

11 to 141%74%58%22%87%10%
175

University of Mississippi

18 to 161%87%79%22%68%8%
176

Cox College

9 to 199%100%59%22%60%N/A
177

Niagara University

13 to 163%88%85%22%85%8%
178

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

18 to 150%88%57%22%80%N/A
179

Misericordia University

12 to 172%85%71%22%83%N/A
180

Saint Francis University

14 to 172%87%74%22%84%N/A
181

Southern Wesleyan University

18 to 150%69%62%22%80%12%
182

Texas Tech University

22 to 160%83%63%22%52%N/A
183

Longwood University

16 to 166%80%79%22%48%5%
184

Shenandoah University

10 to 155%77%82%22%59%7%
185

Milwaukee School of Engineering

16 to 164%87%65%22%89%5%
186

University of Wisconsin-Madison

18 to 185%96%58%22%42%N/A
187

University of Alabama at Birmingham

18 to 155%79%60%21%58%N/A
188

Biola University

15 to 170%85%70%21%91%3%
189

Laguna College of Art and Design

12 to 166%84%37%21%100%6%
190

Point Loma Nazarene University

15 to 175%84%71%21%82%N/A
191

Savannah College of Art and Design

20 to 167%85%70%21%88%9%
192

Mount Mercy University

14 to 165%78%61%21%86%4%
193

Northwestern College

13 to 167%82%72%21%94%N/A
194

Baker University

12 to 160%77%82%21%73%6%
195

MidAmerica Nazarene University

7 to 155%74%61%21%85%7%
196

Webster University

13 to 162%78%56%21%79%N/A
197

William Woods University

11 to 152%75%73%21%90%N/A
198

Southern New Hampshire University

30 to 158%61%92%21%52%8%
199

Stockton University

17 to 173%87%64%21%56%N/A
200

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

12 to 149%75%24%21%73%6%

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