Most Selective Online Colleges

Below you will find the top 133 online universities in America sorted by acceptance rate.

These rates represent the latest available calendar year, which is from the Fall of 2011. About of a third of the colleges in this ranking have open admission policies. This means that typically the open requirements for entrance are a high school diploma or a GED. Acceptance rates of open admission colleges were not factored into their overall rankings. Our rankings are based on statistics available from the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education (NCES).

Why we like acceptance rates?

Acceptance rate is the percentage of applicants who were admitted. Colleges with low acceptance rates are considered to be more selective in who can enroll in their college. Open admissions policies can favor those who got their high school diploma or GED several years ago.



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Best Online Colleges of 2014

Rank University Acceptance Rate
732%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14
Average Net Price: $27,793
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 59%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 40%
Acceptance Rate: 32%
Retention Rate: 94%
Cohort Default Rate: 1.50%
Learn more about George Washington University

334%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15
Average Net Price: $31,073
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 84%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 61%
Acceptance Rate: 34%
Retention Rate: 92%
Cohort Default Rate: 1.6000%

1135%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13
Average Net Price: $32,493
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 67%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 48%
Acceptance Rate: 35%
Retention Rate: 95%
Cohort Default Rate: 3.50%

8137%

School Type:4-year, Private for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:15
Average Net Price: $16,776
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 74%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 79%
Acceptance Rate: 37%
Retention Rate: 59%
Cohort Default Rate: 15.10%
Learn more about Grand Canyon University

143%

School Type: 4-Year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Average Net Price: $11,579
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 91%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 30%
Acceptance Rate: 43%
Retention Rate: 84%
Cohort Default Rate: 3.0%
Learn more about University of Florida

2543%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15
Average Net Price: $21,964
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 81%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 59%
Acceptance Rate: 43%
Retention Rate: 77%
Cohort Default Rate: 3.30%

9745%

School Type:4-year, Private for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:16
Average Net Price: $29,538
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 82%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 85%
Acceptance Rate: 45%
Retention Rate: 51%
Cohort Default Rate: 15.70%

12447%

School Type:4-year, Private for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:16
Average Net Price: $22,494
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 97%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 85%
Acceptance Rate: 47%
Retention Rate: 29%
Cohort Default Rate: 22.60%

3448%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16
Average Net Price: $18,778
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 65%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 92%
Acceptance Rate: 48%
Retention Rate: 63%
Cohort Default Rate: 6.70%

5248%

School Type:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17
Average Net Price: $22,002
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 63%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 76%
Acceptance Rate: 48%
Retention Rate: 71%
Cohort Default Rate: 7.60%

4649%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17
Average Net Price: $33,364
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 78%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 55%
Acceptance Rate: 49%
Retention Rate: 82%
Cohort Default Rate: 7.40%

1750%

School Type: 4 year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15
Average Net Price: $12,997
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 78%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 66%
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Retention Rate: 68%
Cohort Default Rate: 5.70%

2850%

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15
Average Net Price: $9,863
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 74%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 58%
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Retention Rate: 70%
Cohort Default Rate: 5.80%

2151%

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 27
Average Net Price: $9,225
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 74%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 75%
Acceptance Rate: 61%
Retention Rate: 82%
Cohort Default Rate: 9.10%

2751%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 7
Average Net Price: $18,332
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 85%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 79%
Acceptance Rate: 51%
Retention Rate: 59%
Cohort Default Rate: 9.50%

3151%

School Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 21
Average Net Price: $20,804
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 84%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 85%
Acceptance Rate: 51%
Retention Rate: 69%
Cohort Default Rate: 7.20%
Learn more about Tiffin University

6252%

School Type:4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23
Average Net Price: $8,620
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 51%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 49%
Acceptance Rate: 52%
Retention Rate: 79%
Cohort Default Rate: 9.90%

8254%

School Type:4-year, Private for-profit
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:7
Average Net Price: $23,201
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 54%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 52%
Acceptance Rate: 54%
Retention Rate: 67%
Cohort Default Rate: 9.40%

10454%

School Type:4-year, primarily associate’s, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:23
Average Net Price: $10,638
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 68%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 45%
Acceptance Rate: 54%
Retention Rate: 12%
Cohort Default Rate: 18.20%

455%

School Type: 4-year, Public
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17
Average Net Price: $21,342
% Receiving Grant or Scholarship: 72%
% Receiving Federal Student Loans: 55%
Acceptance Rate: 55%
Retention Rate: 92%
Cohort Default Rate: 6.10%

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