Top 100 - Highest Acceptance Rates

Waiting for acceptance letters to arrive can be a stressful time for prospective college students. Whether applicants see "Congratulations!" instead of "We regret to inform you," can depend on the schools to which they applied. While some colleges and universities pride themselves on selectivity, others welcome most, if not all, of their college applicants. The 100 schools on this list had the highest acceptance rates for the fall 2012 entering class among all schools surveyed by U.S. News, regardless of ranking category.

School Fall 2012 acceptance rate
Colorado State University—​Pueblo

Pueblo, CO

94.3%
Black Hills State University 1

Spearfish, SD

94.2% 4
University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

94.1%
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology—​Cobleskill

Cobleskill, NY

94.0%
Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

93.4%
University of Maine—​Augusta

Augusta, ME

93.4%
University of Mary Hardin-​Baylor

Belton, TX

93.2%
Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

93.1%
Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock, TX

92.9%
Texas A&M University—​Kingsville

Kingsville, TX

92.8%
Bard College at Simon's Rock

Great Barrington, MA

92.6%
Thomas College 1

Waterville, ME

92.5% 4
Ferrum College

Ferrum, VA

92.4%
University of Colorado—​Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO

92.4%
Grand View University

Des Moines, IA

92.3%
University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

92.3%
Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

92.3%
Menlo College

Atherton, CA

92.2%
Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR

92.1%
East Central University 1

Ada, OK

91.9% 4
Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA

91.8%
College of Mount St. Vincent

Riverdale, NY

91.7%
South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

91.7%
University of Houston—​Downtown

Houston, TX

91.5%

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