Colleges With High Acceptance Rates

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Below you will find a 2017 comprehensive list of the 100 colleges with the highest acceptance rates in the nation for first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students.

What Does a High Acceptance Rate Mean For You?

A high acceptance rate means that for all the students that apply, a good percentage of them will be admitted. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because a school has a high acceptance rate, it is easy to get into.

For purposes of looking at evaluating acceptance rates, none of the schools in our colleges with high acceptance rates have designated themselves as having open admission or open enrollment. Open admission means that the school will admit any student who applies as long as they have a valid high school diploma or GED.

Because none of the schools state that they have open admission, we can conclude that they do not and instead have a variety of admission requirements that must be met.

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Editor’s Analysis of The Colleges With High Acceptance Rates

An interesting thing to note is that although admission rates are high for the schools below, they have an average enrollment rate for first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students of 37%. This means that of the over 518,000 students that were accepted to these schools, 67% of them chose a different school option. There are likely a number of reasons for this.

Another interesting thing is that 78% of the schools on this top 100 list are public colleges or universities. These public schools may have requirements around the percentage of students that they need to admit based on the amount of federal or state funding they receive. This means they will likely have a higher acceptance rate.

Fourteen percent of the schools with high acceptance rates are private, not-for-profit schools with a religious affiliation. The remaining eight percent are private, not-for-profit schools with no religious affiliation.

Many other colleges that are not listed below also have high admission rates. A good portion of those are open admission schools, as explained above. Many open admission schools are junior, community, or technical colleges.

Another group of schools that typically accept and enroll many of the potential students that apply, is online schools. Online colleges and universities are able to admit a large percentage of students due to the very unique circumstances that surround distance learning and online degree programs.

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School Name Location Acceptance Rate Type In-state Tuition Out-of-state Tuition
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX 100.0% Public $5,606 $17,506
The University of Phoenix Tempe, AZ 100.0% Private for-profit $9,690 $9,690
Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID 99.6% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $3,830 $3,830
Harding University Searcy, AR 99.2% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $17,130 $17,130
CUNY Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY 99.2% Public $6,330 $13,440
Benedictine College Atchison, KS 99.1% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $25,950 $25,950
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID 98.9% Public $6,000 $17,000
The Evergreen State College Olympia, WA 97.9% Public $7,512 $21,927
College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY 97.6% Public $6,330 $13,440
Saint Mary's College of California Moraga, CA 97.5% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $42,780 $42,780
Utah State University Logan, UT 96.7% Public $5,617 $18,087
University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH 96.6% Public $8,618 $17,149
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA 96.1% Public $7,060 $10,590
University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA 96.1% Public $3,644 $13,004
Wright State University-Main Campus Dayton, OH 96.0% Public $8,730 $17,098
Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo, CO 95.9% Public $6,159 $19,493
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA 95.7% Public $7,060 $7,414
University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 95.7% Public $2,856 $11,448
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion Marion, IN 95.2% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $24,728 $24,728
Southern Oregon University Ashland, OR 95.2% Public $6,615 $20,835
College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA 95.0% Public $2,451 $9,058
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 94.9% Public $8,517 $22,596
Bethel University Saint Paul, MN 94.9% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $33,990 $33,990
Wichita State University Wichita, KS 94.7% Public $6,081 $14,404
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville, WI 94.3% Public $6,418 $14,268
Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO 94.1% Public $5,311 $10,622
Carroll University Waukesha, WI 94.0% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $28,825 $28,825
Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN 93.8% Public $7,360 $7,360
North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo, ND 93.6% Public $6,762 $18,056
University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 93.5% Public $9,123 $23,774
Samford University Birmingham, AL 93.3% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $27,520 $27,520
University of Toledo Toledo, OH 93.2% Public $8,052 $17,390
University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI 93.1% Public $7,014 $14,760
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL 92.9% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $26,750 $26,750
Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK 92.8% Public $4,425 $11,775
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 92.7% Public $9,482 $24,132
University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR 92.2% Public $5,918 $11,835
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN 92.2% Public $7,052 $18,380
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX 92.2% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $25,900 $25,900
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO 92.1% Public $6,384 $16,680
Troy University Troy, AL 91.9% Public $6,888 $13,776
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY 91.9% Public $8,736 $17,472
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH 91.7% Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $30,006 $30,006
Lock Haven University Lock Haven, PA 91.7% Public $7,060 $15,650
South Dakota State University Brookings, SD 91.7% Public $4,341 $6,512
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK 91.6% Public $4,725 $11,175
Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu, HI 91.3% Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $22,160 $22,160
University of Maine Orono, ME 91.2% Public $8,370 $26,640
Iona College New Rochelle, NY 91.2% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $33,124 $33,124
The University of Montana Missoula, MT 91.0% Public $4,603 $21,988
LIU Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY 90.9% Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $33,678 $33,678
Murray State University Murray, KY 90.6% Public $6,552 $19,656
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA 90.3% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $36,214 $36,214
Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA 90.2% Public $4,922 $15,853
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI 90.1% Public $6,298 $14,565
Shepherd University Shepherdstown, WV 89.9% Public $4,918 $13,766
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR 89.8% Public $6,180 $17,250
University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls, WI 89.8% Public $6,428 $14,001
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona Altoona, PA 89.4% Public $13,658 $21,392
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 89.3% Public $6,372 $17,958
Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI 89.2% Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $15,192 $15,192
Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR 89.1% Public $5,160 $10,320
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 89.1% Public $9,687 $23,019
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA 89.1% Public $7,060 $15,886
University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Arecibo, PR 88.9% Public $1,870 $3,891
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 88.4% Public $6,277 $20,187
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Indiana, PA 88.3% Public $7,060 $17,650
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL 88.2% Public $6,930 $8,760
Columbia College-Chicago Chicago, IL 88.1% Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $23,640 $23,640
Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO 88.1% Public $8,286 $24,810
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 88.0% Public $5,278 $17,756
Marshall University Huntington, WV 87.9% Public $5,724 $14,512
University of Southern Maine Portland, ME 87.8% Public $6,578 $17,290
Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR 87.8% Public $7,746 $21,105
Illinois State University Normal, IL 87.7% Public $9,807 $14,157
Curry College Milton, MA 87.7% Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $34,730 $34,730
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA 87.7% Public $7,060 $17,650
Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN 87.7% Public $6,048 $20,880
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA 87.6% Public $5,484 $17,584
Iowa State University Ames, IA 87.2% Public $6,648 $19,768
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College Erie, PA 87.1% Public $13,658 $21,392
Emporia State University Emporia, KS 87.0% Public $4,662 $17,250
Canisius College Buffalo, NY 87.0% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $33,282 $33,282
New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ 86.7% Public $7,936 $16,765
MCPHS University Boston, MA 86.6% Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation) $29,600 $29,600
Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN 86.2% Public $6,820 $14,738
Fort Lewis College Durango, CO 86.0% Public $5,856 $16,072
Fort Hays State University Hays, KS 85.9% Public $3,574 $12,577
Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO 85.9% Public $6,150 $13,020
Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX 85.9% Public $6,052 $18,579
Texas Woman's University Denton, TX 85.9% Public $4,760 $14,120
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 85.8% Public $7,632 $21,432
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI 85.8% Public $8,091 $18,265
Portland State University Portland, OR 85.7% Public $6,750 $22,725
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, OH 85.6% Public $9,322 $24,656
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN 85.5% Public $8,380 $18,508
Lee University Cleveland, TN 85.5% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $14,400 $14,400
Morehead State University Morehead, KY 85.4% Public $8,098 $20,246
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE 85.4% Public $5,325 $11,595
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI 85.2% Public $7,361 $14,934
Taylor University Upland, IN 85.1% Private not-for-profit (religious affiliation) $30,030 $30,030

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Source

Data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center. March 9, 2017.

Methodology

Degrees Offered: Associate’s Optional, Bachelor’s Required
Enrolled: Greater than 500
Sort: Descending admission rate


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