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.

Published on Aug. 12, 2019. 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 2019-20 with avg. grant
% of students who get any grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2019-20 with avg. grant
% of students who get any grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
12
1
57% 1200/26 $13,200 81% $19,000 $54,000
18
2
71% 1250/28 $20,900 54% $18,520 $59,000
20
3
62% 1420/29 $17,800 51% $20,130 $61,000
25
4
83% 1120/23 $15,500 48% $26,930 $67,200
29
5
58% 1020/20 $6,400 70% $13,830 $49,600
34
6
70% 1270/28 $20,000 49% $23,250 $60,900
40
7
51% 1310/29 $14,300 53% $20,710 $55,800
41
8
55% 1120/24 $13,500 67% $18,500 $56,000
46
9
54% 1370/29 $17,000 41% $22,240 $55,700
49
10
53% 1190/26 $17,200 72% $23,900 $63,900
50
11
58% 1300/NA $17,100 50% $22,250 $57,800
51
12
59% 1010/19 $6,300 75% $14,370 $49,800
55
13
West Lafayette, IN
57% 1270/28 $12,900 50% $20,430 $60,200
56
14
68% 1080/22 $15,100 62% $16,750 $55,100
57
15
Harrisonburg, VA
75% 1180/26 $17,200 34% $20,500 $55,800
59
16
72% 1210/26 $17,800 52% $25,200 $53,900
63
17
53% 1070/21 $12,000 69% $13,750 $48,700
64
18
81% 1200/27 $19,900 49% $19,500 $57,200
68
19
77% NA/NA $7,200 82% $14,220 $48,000
69
20
63% 1230/27 $17,400 63% $24,250 $56,700
70
21
57% 1000/19 $9,300 81% $15,000 $47,900
71
22
52% 1230/26 $19,400 76% $19,200 $51,800
73
23
77% 1210/23 $12,700 65% $18,110 $55,000
75
24
71% 1070/NA $16,300 48% $23,000 $49,100
80
25
86% NA/NA $16,400 78% $19,500 $47,300
85
26
Albany, NY
54% 1170/24 $17,200 61% $20,500 $51,500
86
27
68% 960/20 $17,200 86% $20,010 $45,700
92
28
81% 1120/23 $18,200 63% $22,490 $58,800
93
29
78% NA/NA $15,800 69% $15,000 $49,300
96
30
54% NA/NA $5,300 79% $13,740 $47,400
97
31
76% 1250/28 $13,300 61% $21,500 $52,200
99
32
57% 1170/26 $17,200 55% $19,500 $52,600
103
33
51% 1250/29 $17,900 69% $19,700 $56,100
104
34
67% 1110/23 $14,800 61% $15,000 $61,300
104
34
57% 1140/24 $17,700 42% $22,500 $50,100
107
36
77% 1130/23 $16,300 49% $17,750 $49,800
108
37
89% 1290/25 $14,900 69% $23,260 $54,900
109
38
58% 1270/29 $22,700 71% $23,450 $55,800
112
39
66% NA/NA $15,600 52% $26,000 $67,500
114
40
Huntingdon, PA
71% NA/NA $27,900 100% $27,000 $50,100
116
41
81% 1120/25 $28,700 100% $27,000 $47,900
117
42
77% 1170/26 $24,400 61% $27,000 $52,600
117
42
Iowa City, IA
86% 1260/26 $15,800 63% $21,500 $52,500
119
44
54% 1290/29 $17,000 85% $18,750 $52,600
121
45
56% 1380/30 $27,200 72% $25,000 $74,100
122
46
Loudonville, NY
78% NA/NA $29,800 92% $26,900 $52,100
123
47
Kansas City, MO
72% 1140/25 $24,900 70% $21,500 $54,600
129
48
89% NA/24 $20,500 53% $21,250 $49,700
129
48
Boston, MA
60% 1220/27 $31,700 93% $25,000 $52,800
132
50
Lake Forest, IL
53% NA/NA $27,400 96% $27,000 $53,700
Rank
1
Chico, CA
Money rank
56
Median SAT/ACT score
1080/22
2
Turlock, CA
Money rank
68
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
3
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
71
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/26
4
Montclair, NJ
Money rank
75
Median SAT/ACT score
1070/NA
5
Chicago, IL
Money rank
80
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
6
Albany, NY
Money rank
85
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/24
7
Camarillo, CA
Money rank
93
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
8
Huntingdon, PA
Money rank
114
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
9
Saint Joseph, MN
Money rank
116
Median SAT/ACT score
1120/25
10
Athens, GA
Money rank
119
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/29
11
Normal, IL
Money rank
129
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/24
12
Northridge, CA
Money rank
29
Median SAT/ACT score
1020/20
13
Pomona, CA
Money rank
41
Median SAT/ACT score
1120/24
14
Madison, WI
Money rank
46
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/29
15
Lexington, VA
Money rank
49
Median SAT/ACT score
1190/26
16
Fresno, CA
Money rank
51
Median SAT/ACT score
1010/19
17
San Bernardino, CA
Money rank
70
Median SAT/ACT score
1000/19
18
Carson, CA
Money rank
96
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
19
Buffalo, NY
Money rank
99
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/26
20
Santa Cruz, CA
Money rank
103
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/29
21
San Jose, CA
Money rank
104
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/23
22
Iowa City, IA
Money rank
117
Median SAT/ACT score
1260/26
23
College Station, TX
Money rank
18
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/28
24
Buzzards Bay, MA
Money rank
25
Median SAT/ACT score
1120/23
25
Blacksburg, VA
Money rank
34
Median SAT/ACT score
1270/28
26
Harrisonburg, VA
Money rank
57
Median SAT/ACT score
1180/26
27
Newark, DE
Money rank
69
Median SAT/ACT score
1230/27
28
Brooklyn, NY
Money rank
86
Median SAT/ACT score
960/20
29
Mahwah, NJ
Money rank
104
Median SAT/ACT score
1140/24
30
Towson, MD
Money rank
107
Median SAT/ACT score
1130/23
31
Amherst, MA
Money rank
109
Median SAT/ACT score
1270/29
32
Durham, NH
Money rank
117
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/26
33
Riverside, CA
Money rank
12
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/26
34
Raleigh, NC
Money rank
40
Median SAT/ACT score
1310/29
35
West Lafayette, IN
Money rank
55
Median SAT/ACT score
1270/28
36
East Lansing, MI
Money rank
59
Median SAT/ACT score
1210/26
37
Fairfax, VA
Money rank
64
Median SAT/ACT score
1200/27
38
Charleston, SC
Money rank
92
Median SAT/ACT score
1120/23
39
Vallejo, CA
Money rank
112
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
40
Loudonville, NY
Money rank
122
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
41
Boston, MA
Money rank
129
Median SAT/ACT score
1220/27
42
Champaign, IL
Money rank
20
Median SAT/ACT score
1420/29
43
New Brunswick, NJ
Money rank
50
Median SAT/ACT score
1300/NA
44
Seaside, CA
Money rank
63
Median SAT/ACT score
1070/21
45
Chicago, IL
Money rank
73
Median SAT/ACT score
1210/23
46
Bloomington, IN
Money rank
97
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/28
47
Ames, IA
Money rank
108
Median SAT/ACT score
1290/25
48
Golden, CO
Money rank
121
Median SAT/ACT score
1380/30
49
Kansas City, MO
Money rank
123
Median SAT/ACT score
1140/25
50
Lake Forest, IL
Money rank
132
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
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