Manhattan College
Chris Taggart

The 25 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into

Jul 23, 2014

These are the top-ranked schools that accept at least 50% of applicants and where the typical student had a B average in high school (a GPA between 3.0 to 3.4). Estimated average net prices for public schools are for in-state students only.

1. Principia CollegeElsah, Ill.32$65,52087%
2. University of Washington-BothellBothell, Wash.37125,69074%
3. Manhattan College Riverdale, N.Y.40161,52066%
4. Massachusetts Maritime AcademyBuzzards Bay, Mass.5098,72072%
5. Montana Tech of the University of MontanaButte, Mont.6688,25089%
6. Holy Family UniversityPhiladelphia, Pa.68149,65067%
7. Molloy CollegeRockville Centre, N.Y.72178,06074%
8. Oregon Institute of TechnologyKlamath Falls, Ore.76100,12064%
9. California Maritime AcademyVallejo, Calif.7999,06072%
10. Bryant UniversitySmithfield, R.I.86164,13077%
11. Louisiana State University and Agriculture & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, La.9596,99080%
12. University of ArizonaTucson, Ariz.9998,56071%
13. University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago, Ill.101121,12064%
14. Rutgers University-NewarkNewark, N.J.107140,86058%
14. College of Our Lady of the ElmsChicopee, Mass.107119,28080%
16. Providence CollegeProvidence, R.I.114181,35061%
16. Tennessee Technological UniversityCookeville, Tenn.114106,81093%
18. Mount St. Mary’s CollegeLos Angeles, Calif.122176,50060%
19. Earlham CollegeRichmond, Ind.129108,88075%
20. Loyola University of MarylandBaltimore, Md.138183,31065%
20. Washington State UniversityPullman, Wash.138130,70076%
20. University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, Ia.13888,32078%
23. Fairfield UniversityFairfield, Conn.147184,75069%
23. University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireEau Claire, Wisc.14794,67077%
25. Westminster CollegeFulton, Mo.150106,72072%
NOTES: The estimated average net price of a degree takes into account all financial aid (need, merit, athletic) awarded by the school and tuition inflation, as well as how long the typical student takes to graduate. SOURCES: IPEDS, Peterson’s,, MONEY/College Measures calculations
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