Best Colleges Where More Than Half of Applicants Get In

Are the elite colleges a long shot? Whether you’re a B or even C student hoping for a great education, or a stronger student in search of a safety school, these top colleges that accept at least 51% of applicants are worth a close look.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2018-19 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
17
1
67% 1190/27 $16,600 82% $18,800 $57,200
21
2
80% 1050/23 $15,100 71% $27,000 $63,100
25
3
60% 1380/29 $17,900 64% $20,500 $58,600
29
4
71% 1210/NA $18,500 71% $24,000 $58,600
32
5
66% 1070/24 $13,800 96% $19,100 $51,600
39
6
Harrisonburg, VA
72% 1130/25 $17,500 51% $20,900 $53,400
40
7
56% 1200/28 $12,600 64% $21,500 $58,000
41
8
66% 1130/27 $16,100 74% $25,500 $51,800
47
9
59% 1030/24 $13,500 79% $19,000 $53,600
48
10
53% 1310/29 $17,000 77% $22,300 $53,400
49
11
74% 910/19 $8,100 87% $15,000 $47,000
51
12
64% 880/18 $4,200 95% $12,900 $47,100
61
13
53% 1040/23 $14,800 93% $15,000 $58,500
62
14
65% 990/22 $14,700 78% $17,000 $52,700
63
15
51% 1150/26 $17,400 81% $25,000 $62,200
65
16
57% 1230/NA $16,800 70% $22,200 $55,800
66
17
54% 910/19 $6,600 88% $15,000 $47,800
67
18
58% 880/18 $6,900 89% $16,500 $45,500
68
19
70% 1170/26 $17,100 83% $24,200 $54,300
72
20
51% 1250/29 $19,100 82% $21,500 $54,300
75
21
54% 1170/25 $19,400 99% $19,800 $49,700
80
22
Collegeville, MN
88% 1040/25 $27,500 98% $27,000 $54,700
87
23
60% 1230/28 $21,600 87% $24,000 $53,500
88
24
87% 1130/25 $14,600 97% $23,900 $52,700
92
25
88% 1010/25 $28,800 96% $26,300 $46,300
94
26
79% 1180/27 $13,600 80% $22,500 $50,300
94
27
54% 1240/29 $16,100 92% $19,100 $50,200
96
28
58% 1180/28 $17,500 93% $20,000 $53,500
97
29
82% 1060/23 $19,800 79% $23,800 $56,100
97
30
81% 1160/27 $19,400 78% $19,800 $55,100
99
31
Greencastle, IN
65% 1160/27 $33,100 100% $25,600 $52,300
100
32
76% 1100/25 $24,800 71% $27,000 $50,600
102
33
51% 1270/29 $13,800 80% $11,000 $55,400
106
34
Albany, NY
54% 1080/24 $16,200 83% $21,100 $49,300
108
35
74% 1110/24 $12,400 81% $18,800 $52,800
110
36
Boston, MA
64% 1170/27 $32,000 100% $26,000 $51,300
112
37
76% 1200/28 $17,500 79% $26,900 $63,000
113
38
53% 1080/24 $16,800 48% $22,800 $48,100
115
39
83% 1150/25 $14,000 93% $20,300 $51,400
115
40
61% 1190/NA $34,100 78% $24,300 $55,100
117
41
Cortland, NY
52% 1070/24 $18,700 72% $21,500 $43,400
120
42
54% 1290/29 $19,300 85% $21,500 $51,900
121
43
68% NA/NA $15,700 100% $25,500 $64,600
122
44
58% 1200/27 $17,700 77% $20,800 $47,000
127
45
89% NA/24 $19,800 62% $22,000 $47,900
134
46
76% 1040/23 $20,600 72% $27,000 $63,300
135
47
Burlington, VT
69% 1200/28 $19,100 93% $22,300 $49,500
136
48
Iowa City, IA
84% 1170/26 $15,200 73% $21,600 $50,700
136
49
59% 1170/27 $17,200 76% $19,500 $50,200
139
50
Rockville Centre, NY
77% 1080/24 $29,900 93% $27,000 $57,100
Rank
1
Chico, CA
Money rank
62
Median SAT/ACT score
990/22
2
Newark, DE
Money rank
68
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/26
3
Collegeville, MN
Money rank
80
Median SAT/ACT score
1040/25
4
Ames, IA
Money rank
88
Median SAT/ACT score
1130/25
5
Saint Joseph, MN
Money rank
92
Median SAT/ACT score
1010/25
6
Bloomington, IN
Money rank
94
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/27
7
Charleston, SC
Money rank
97
Median SAT/ACT score
1060/23
8
Portland, OR
Money rank
115
Median SAT/ACT score
1190/NA
9
Cortland, NY
Money rank
117
Median SAT/ACT score
1070/24
10
Tallahassee, FL
Money rank
122
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/27
11
Iowa City, IA
Money rank
136
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/26
12
Riverside, CA
Money rank
32
Median SAT/ACT score
1070/24
13
East Lansing, MI
Money rank
41
Median SAT/ACT score
1130/27
14
Pomona, CA
Money rank
47
Median SAT/ACT score
1030/24
15
Madison, WI
Money rank
48
Median SAT/ACT score
1310/29
16
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
51
Median SAT/ACT score
880/18
17
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
75
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/25
18
Fairfax, VA
Money rank
97
Median SAT/ACT score
1160/27
19
Durham, NH
Money rank
100
Median SAT/ACT score
1100/25
20
Provo, UT
Money rank
102
Median SAT/ACT score
1270/29
21
Albany, NY
Money rank
106
Median SAT/ACT score
1080/24
22
Columbus, OH
Money rank
120
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/29
23
Buzzards Bay, MA
Money rank
21
Median SAT/ACT score
1050/23
24
Blacksburg, VA
Money rank
29
Median SAT/ACT score
1210/NA
25
Harrisonburg, VA
Money rank
39
Median SAT/ACT score
1130/25
26
Lexington, VA
Money rank
63
Median SAT/ACT score
1150/26
27
Clemson, SC
Money rank
72
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/29
28
Athens, GA
Money rank
94
Median SAT/ACT score
1240/29
29
Chicago, IL
Money rank
108
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/24
30
Boston, MA
Money rank
110
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/27
31
Mahwah, NJ
Money rank
113
Median SAT/ACT score
1080/24
32
Vallejo, CA
Money rank
121
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
33
College Station, TX
Money rank
17
Median SAT/ACT score
1190/27
34
West Lafayette, IN
Money rank
40
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/28
35
San Jose, CA
Money rank
61
Median SAT/ACT score
1040/23
36
New Brunswick, NJ
Money rank
65
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/NA
37
San Bernardino, CA
Money rank
67
Median SAT/ACT score
880/18
38
Santa Cruz, CA
Money rank
96
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/28
39
Tempe, AZ
Money rank
115
Median SAT/ACT score
1150/25
40
Castine, ME
Money rank
134
Median SAT/ACT score
1040/23
41
Buffalo, NY
Money rank
136
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/27
42
Champaign, IL
Money rank
25
Median SAT/ACT score
1380/29
43
Turlock, CA
Money rank
49
Median SAT/ACT score
910/19
44
Fresno, CA
Money rank
66
Median SAT/ACT score
910/19
45
Amherst, MA
Money rank
87
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/28
46
Greencastle, IN
Money rank
99
Median SAT/ACT score
1160/27
47
Houghton, MI
Money rank
112
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/28
48
Normal, IL
Money rank
127
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/24
49
Burlington, VT
Money rank
135
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/28
50
Rockville Centre, NY
Money rank
139
Median SAT/ACT score
1080/24
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