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 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 some of the highest acceptance rates in the nation according to the College Navigator database (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/) from the federal Institute of Education Sciences, an agency within the US Department of Education. These rankings were published 2010

RankCollegeAcceptance Rate
1 Western Governors University 37%
2 Post University 43%
3 Colorado Technical University 45%
4 Nova Southeastern University 51%
5 Keiser University 54%
6 Everglades University 57%
7 Champlain College 59%
8 Upper Iowa University 62%
9 South University 62%
10 Everest University 70%
11 DeVry University 75%
12 Jones International University 80%
13 Grand Canyon University 82%
14 Ashford University 82%
15 Liberty University Online 96%
16 Westwood College 97%
17 Kaplan University 97%
18 University of Phoenix no data
19 Walden University no data
20 Salem International University no data
21 Capella University no data
22 Rasmussen College no data
23 Western International University no data
24 North Central University no data
25 Bellevue University no data
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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.