Online Colleges With the Highest Acceptance Rates

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Some feel that the quality and reputation of a college can be deduced by looking at their acceptance rate; colleges that are thought to be more selective in recruitment and acceptance would have a higher caliber student body. However, that is not necessarily the case. The schools below have a varying level of quality and it would appear that size is not always indicative of the quality of education. We argue that there are more accurate indicators of quality, like student to faculty ratio, graduation rate, and accreditation.

The online colleges below have the highest acceptance rates in the nation according to the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data, an agency within the U.S. Department of Education.

*Rankings published in February 2018

Rank College Name Location In-state Tuition Out-of-state Tuition Acceptance Rate
1
Grantham University Lenexa, KS $6,360 $6,360 100.00%
2
Indiana Wesleyan University-National and Global Marion, IN $8,697 $8,697 100.00%
3
Herzing University-Brookfield Brookfield, WI $12,560 $12,560 100.00%
4
Herzing University-Toledo Toledo, OH $12,560 $12,560 100.00%
5
National American University-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO $12,960 $12,960 100.00%
6
Linfield College-Online and Continuing Education McMinnville, OR $12,960 $12,960 100.00%
7
National American University-Mesquite Mesquite, TX $13,428 $13,428 100.00%
8
National American University-Burnsville Burnsville, MN $13,428 $13,428 100.00%
9
AI Miami International University of Art and Design Miami, FL $17,604 $17,604 100.00%
10
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX $13,800 $13,800 99.80%
11
Mary Baldwin University Staunton, VA $30,240 $30,240 99.50%
12
National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD $6,000 $6,000 98.40%
13
National American University-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM $12,960 $12,960 98.40%
14
National American University-Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Center, MN $13,428 $13,428 98.40%
15
National American University-Tulsa Tulsa, OK $12,960 $12,960 98.00%
16
National American University-Colorado Springs South Colorado Springs, CO $12,960 $12,960 98.00%
17
National American University-Centennial Centennial, CO $12,960 $12,960 98.00%
18
National American University-Lee's Summit Lee's Summit, MO $12,960 $12,960 98.00%
19
Herzing University-Kenner Kenner, LA $12,560 $12,560 97.60%
20
Herzing University-Birmingham Birmingham, AL $12,560 $12,560 97.50%
21
Eastern Oregon University La Grande, OR $6,073 $15,822 97.00%
22
University of Toledo Toledo, OH $8,052 $17,390 94.30%
23
Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH $12,240 $12,240 94.30%
24
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA $7,238 $10,858 94.10%
25
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH $30,756 $30,756 92.90%
26
Southwestern College Winfield, KS $27,100 $27,100 92.20%
27
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX $27,000 $27,000 91.90%
28
Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND $5,138 $7,708 91.70%
29
Baker College Flint, MI $9,000 $9,000 91.30%
30
Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI $23,180 $23,180 91.30%
31
Troy University Troy, AL $7,224 $14,448 91.20%
32
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY $9,000 $18,000 91.10%
33
Ottawa University-Milwaukee Brookfield, WI $11,880 $11,880 91.10%
34
Rasmussen College-Minnesota St. Cloud, MN $9,360 $9,360 90.80%
35
Fort Hays State University Hays, KS $3,789 $13,331 90.70%
36
University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI $7,014 $14,760 88.40%
37
Walden University Minneapolis, MN $11,700 $11,700 88.00%
38
Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ $6,350 $9,352 86.70%
39
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE $5,596 $17,516 86.50%
40
Kaplan University-Omaha Campus Omaha, NE $15,327 $15,327 86.50%
41
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY $8,568 $17,880 86.30%
42
Wichita State University Wichita, KS $6,385 $15,124 86.20%
43
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN $8,546 $18,876 85.90%
44
Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus Lincoln, NE $15,327 $15,327 85.10%
45
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA $6,330 $22,815 84.60%
46
Park University Parkville, MO $11,730 $11,730 84.60%
47
Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO $6,150 $13,200 84.40%
48
Herzing University-Madison Madison, WI $12,560 $12,560 83.90%
49
Peirce College Philadelphia, PA $13,872 $13,872 83.30%
50
University of Houston-Downtown Houston, TX $4,843 $14,328 82.90%
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For more information regarding these rankings, we invite you to consult the in-depth documentation on our ranking methodology. Disclaimer: Many online colleges are not included in above rankings due to lack of publicly available data.


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