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

RankCollege NameLocationIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionAcceptance Rate
1
Grantham UniversityLenexa, KS$6,360$6,360100.00%
2
Indiana Wesleyan University-National and GlobalMarion, IN$8,697$8,697100.00%
3
Herzing University-BrookfieldBrookfield, WI$12,560$12,560100.00%
4
Herzing University-ToledoToledo, OH$12,560$12,560100.00%
5
National American University-Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, CO$12,960$12,960100.00%
6
Linfield College-Online and Continuing EducationMcMinnville, OR$12,960$12,960100.00%
7
National American University-MesquiteMesquite, TX$13,428$13,428100.00%
8
National American University-BurnsvilleBurnsville, MN$13,428$13,428100.00%
9
AI Miami International University of Art and DesignMiami, FL$17,604$17,604100.00%
10
Wayland Baptist UniversityPlainview, TX$13,800$13,80099.80%
11
Mary Baldwin UniversityStaunton, VA$30,240$30,24099.50%
12
National American University-Ellsworth AFB ExtensionEllsworth Air Force Base, SD$6,000$6,00098.40%
13
National American University-Albuquerque WestAlbuquerque, NM$12,960$12,96098.40%
14
National American University-Brooklyn CenterBrooklyn Center, MN$13,428$13,42898.40%
15
National American University-TulsaTulsa, OK$12,960$12,96098.00%
16
National American University-Colorado Springs SouthColorado Springs, CO$12,960$12,96098.00%
17
National American University-CentennialCentennial, CO$12,960$12,96098.00%
18
National American University-Lee's SummitLee's Summit, MO$12,960$12,96098.00%
19
Herzing University-KennerKenner, LA$12,560$12,56097.60%
20
Herzing University-BirminghamBirmingham, AL$12,560$12,56097.50%
21
Eastern Oregon UniversityLa Grande, OR$6,073$15,82297.00%
22
University of ToledoToledo, OH$8,052$17,39094.30%
23
Union Institute & UniversityCincinnati, OH$12,240$12,24094.30%
24
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaClarion, PA$7,238$10,85894.10%
25
Southern New Hampshire UniversityManchester, NH$30,756$30,75692.90%
26
Southwestern CollegeWinfield, KS$27,100$27,10092.20%
27
University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, TX$27,000$27,00091.90%
28
Dickinson State UniversityDickinson, ND$5,138$7,70891.70%
29
Baker CollegeFlint, MI$9,000$9,00091.30%
30
Chaminade University of HonoluluHonolulu, HI$23,180$23,18091.30%
31
Troy UniversityTroy, AL$7,224$14,44891.20%
32
Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland Heights, KY$9,000$18,00091.10%
33
Ottawa University-MilwaukeeBrookfield, WI$11,880$11,88091.10%
34
Rasmussen College-MinnesotaSt. Cloud, MN$9,360$9,36090.80%
35
Fort Hays State UniversityHays, KS$3,789$13,33190.70%
36
University of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonie, WI$7,014$14,76088.40%
37
Walden UniversityMinneapolis, MN$11,700$11,70088.00%
38
Thomas Edison State UniversityTrenton, NJ$6,350$9,35286.70%
39
University of Nebraska at OmahaOmaha, NE$5,596$17,51686.50%
40
Kaplan University-Omaha CampusOmaha, NE$15,327$15,32786.50%
41
Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmond, KY$8,568$17,88086.30%
42
Wichita State UniversityWichita, KS$6,385$15,12486.20%
43
Indiana State UniversityTerre Haute, IN$8,546$18,87685.90%
44
Kaplan University-Lincoln CampusLincoln, NE$15,327$15,32785.10%
45
Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, VA$6,330$22,81584.60%
46
Park UniversityParkville, MO$11,730$11,73084.60%
47
Missouri State University-SpringfieldSpringfield, MO$6,150$13,20084.40%
48
Herzing University-MadisonMadison, WI$12,560$12,56083.90%
49
Peirce CollegePhiladelphia, PA$13,872$13,87283.30%
50
University of Houston-DowntownHouston, TX$4,843$14,32882.90%
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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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