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 August 25, 2020. 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 with average 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 with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Average student debt
Early career earnings
11
1
68% 1280/28 $20,000 55% $18,500 $59,200
15
2
55% 1140/23 $13,300 68% $17,790 $55,500
22
3
62% 1330/29 $16,500 52% $19,000 $61,200
23
4
West Lafayette, IN
58% 1300/29 $12,400 51% $19,500 $61,500
24
5
55% 1150/23 $15,200 62% $15,720 $60,600
26
6
51% 1210/27 $15,500 71% $21,630 $59,300
28
7
52% 1370/30 $14,800 42% $20,500 $55,000
36
8
89% 1130/23 $16,000 45% $26,650 $63,700
37
9
65% 1290/28 $19,200 50% $22,900 $61,300
40
10
Harrisonburg, VA
71% 1210/26 $18,500 35% $20,500 $53,800
41
11
66% 1260/28 $16,600 60% $24,390 $56,200
45
12
51% 1030/19 $8,900 73% $14,490 $48,600
48
13
51% 1220/26 $13,500 82% $19,000 $51,600
52
14
65% 1100/21 $14,800 63% $16,850 $54,500
55
15
86% NA/NA $7,200 81% $14,250 $46,900
55
15
78% 1210/26 $16,900 53% $25,000 $53,300
58
17
77% 1260/28 $12,500 64% $20,500 $50,900
58
17
52% 1380/29 $17,400 56% $19,500 $55,600
62
19
58% 1020/19 $7,100 77% $15,000 $48,000
64
20
76% 1120/24 $12,800 66% $17,400 $55,400
66
21
72% NA/NA $11,900 63% $15,330 $54,400
70
22
64% 1040/19 $10,300 73% $15,570 $52,100
72
23
60% 1300/29 $22,700 73% $23,250 $55,000
74
24
64% NA/NA $4,700 80% $14,500 $46,500
75
25
91% 1210/25 $15,300 71% $22,980 $55,100

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76
26
66% 1110/23 $12,900 90% $19,000 $54,300
78
27
60% 1300/28 $17,000 51% $22,030 $56,700
86
28
55% 1000/18 $9,000 81% $15,380 $45,200
87
29
81% 1130/23 $17,100 65% $23,250 $59,700
89
30
Greencastle, IN
63% 1230/26 $30,600 97% $26,000 $53,100
90
31
55% 1090/24 $21,800 59% $27,000 $70,600
94
32
56% 1250/27 $16,600 57% $19,500 $52,400
98
33
84% 1190/25 $16,300 72% $20,000 $54,700
99
34
61% 1220/26 $20,400 80% $18,000 $52,800
101
35
77% 1180/25 $23,700 66% $27,000 $51,900
102
36
52% 1350/30 $19,500 66% $20,500 $54,300
103
37
79% 1130/23 $16,900 50% $19,300 $48,500
104
38
64% 1310/29 $13,700 73% $12,100 $56,900
105
39
81% 1220/27 $19,900 50% $20,000 $55,800
106
40
71% 1080/NA $17,800 53% $23,250 $48,400
109
41
72% 1060/20 $15,600 63% $16,810 $53,900
116
42
80% 1180/26 $21,400 81% $21,500 $50,000
118
43
Iowa City, IA
83% 1230/26 $16,500 67% $22,000 $50,700
119
44
Oneonta, NY
51% 1050/24 $15,700 61% $20,500 $44,500
120
45
Collegeville, MN
80% 1150/25 $28,700 100% $27,000 $53,000
121
46
55% 1020/20 $13,800 70% $22,500 $44,300
122
47
74% 1270/27 $17,900 89% $25,080 $66,000
123
48
85% 1250/26 $14,300 77% $20,350 $53,600
126
49
89% 1100/23 $20,400 57% $20,000 $48,400
127
50
64% 1290/28 $18,600 60% $23,000 $61,800
Rank
1
Chico, CA
Money rank
52
Est. price after average aid
$14,800
2
Fresno, CA
Money rank
62
Est. price after average aid
$7,100
3
Sacramento, CA
Money rank
70
Est. price after average aid
$10,300
4
Carson, CA
Money rank
74
Est. price after average aid
$4,700
5
Ames, IA
Money rank
75
Est. price after average aid
$15,300
6
Merced, CA
Money rank
76
Est. price after average aid
$12,900
7
Charleston, SC
Money rank
87
Est. price after average aid
$17,100
8
Montclair, NJ
Money rank
106
Est. price after average aid
$17,800
9
San Francisco, CA
Money rank
109
Est. price after average aid
$15,600
10
Oneonta, NY
Money rank
119
Est. price after average aid
$15,700
11
Tempe, AZ
Money rank
123
Est. price after average aid
$14,300
12
San Jose, CA
Money rank
24
Est. price after average aid
$15,200
13
Buzzards Bay, MA
Money rank
36
Est. price after average aid
$16,000
14
Blacksburg, VA
Money rank
37
Est. price after average aid
$19,200
15
Harrisonburg, VA
Money rank
40
Est. price after average aid
$18,500
16
Northridge, CA
Money rank
45
Est. price after average aid
$8,900
17
Hayward, CA
Money rank
66
Est. price after average aid
$11,900
18
Greencastle, IN
Money rank
89
Est. price after average aid
$30,600
19
Buffalo, NY
Money rank
94
Est. price after average aid
$16,600
20
Tucson, AZ
Money rank
98
Est. price after average aid
$16,300
21
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
99
Est. price after average aid
$20,400
22
St. Mary's City, MD
Money rank
116
Est. price after average aid
$21,400
23
Pomona, CA
Money rank
15
Est. price after average aid
$13,300
24
West Lafayette, IN
Money rank
23
Est. price after average aid
$12,400
25
Lexington, VA
Money rank
26
Est. price after average aid
$15,500

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26
Turlock, CA
Money rank
55
Est. price after average aid
$7,200
27
Chicago, IL
Money rank
64
Est. price after average aid
$12,800
28
New Brunswick, NJ
Money rank
78
Est. price after average aid
$17,000
29
Durham, NH
Money rank
101
Est. price after average aid
$23,700
30
Columbus, OH
Money rank
102
Est. price after average aid
$19,500
31
Provo, UT
Money rank
104
Est. price after average aid
$13,700
32
Iowa City, IA
Money rank
118
Est. price after average aid
$16,500
33
College Station, TX
Money rank
11
Est. price after average aid
$20,000
34
Madison, WI
Money rank
28
Est. price after average aid
$14,800
35
Riverside, CA
Money rank
48
Est. price after average aid
$13,500
36
East Lansing, MI
Money rank
55
Est. price after average aid
$16,900
37
Minneapolis, MN
Money rank
58
Est. price after average aid
$17,400
38
San Bernardino, CA
Money rank
86
Est. price after average aid
$9,000
39
Fairfax, VA
Money rank
105
Est. price after average aid
$19,900
40
Charleston, IL
Money rank
121
Est. price after average aid
$13,800
41
Normal, IL
Money rank
126
Est. price after average aid
$20,400
42
Champaign, IL
Money rank
22
Est. price after average aid
$16,500
43
Newark, DE
Money rank
41
Est. price after average aid
$16,600
44
Bloomington, IN
Money rank
58
Est. price after average aid
$12,500
45
Amherst, MA
Money rank
72
Est. price after average aid
$22,700
46
Castine, ME
Money rank
90
Est. price after average aid
$21,800
47
Towson, MD
Money rank
103
Est. price after average aid
$16,900
48
Collegeville, MN
Money rank
120
Est. price after average aid
$28,700
49
Houghton, MI
Money rank
122
Est. price after average aid
$17,900
50
Newark, NJ
Money rank
127
Est. price after average aid
$18,600

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