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Easiest Colleges to Get Into

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jan 4, 2015 9:16:00 PM

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feature_easyApplying to colleges is stressful, and you often don't know whether you've gotten in until well after you've submitted your application. It's therefore useful to have safety schools as a backup. These are colleges that you're almost certain you'll get into if you apply. 

We've compiled a thorough guide of the easiest colleges to get into in the United States. Find out which schools have the highest admissions rates, which schools give you guaranteed admissions if you meet absolute requirements, and which schools have the lowest average SAT/ACT scores.


What an "easy college to get into" usually depends on your specific circumstances and application. If you scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT or 36 on the ACT, most colleges will be easy to get into. For below average students, schools that have high admission rates and low requirements will be easy colleges to get into.

Whatever your personal situation, having "safety schools" is critical to your college application strategy. You don't want to end up with zero admissions offers in your senior spring, so it's important to have a few schools that you're almost certain will accept you if you apply.

Thus, we've compiled three collections of schools that are easy to get into in their own way. First, we'll discuss schools in the US with the highest admission rates, which means nearly all the people who apply to them get admitted. Next, we'll find schools with guaranteed admissions - if you meet their requirements, they will guarantee you a spot, no matter what. Finally, we'll discuss schools with the lowest average SAT/ACT scores - if you're performing a bit below average, these schools are a good bet for you.


Colleges with the Highest Admissions Rates (Top 100)

The hardest schools to get into have admissions rates below 10% - Harvard, for example, has an admissions rate of 5.9%. Out of 1000 students who apply, only 59 get in.

In contrast, the easist colleges to get into have nearly 100% admissions rates - if you apply, you can almost certainly get in. Unlike community colleges (which also have 100% admissions rates), the below schools are usually affiliated with state university systems. 

Here's a list of the 100 colleges with the highest admissions rates:

School City State Admissions Rate
Bismarck State College  Bismarck ND 100%
City University of Seattle  Seattle WA 100%
CUNY - College of Staten Island  Staten Island NY 100%
CUNY - Medgar Evers College  Brooklyn NY 100%
Daytona State College Daytona Beach FL 100%
Dixie State College of Utah  Saint George UT 100%
Granite State College  Concord NH 100%
Indian River State College  Fort Pierce FL 100%
Jarvis Christian College  Hawkins TX 100%
Metropolitan State University St. Paul MN 100%
Missouri Western State University  St. Joseph MO 100%
New Mexico Highlands University  Las Vegas NM 100%
Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City  Oklahoma City OK 100%
University of Maryland - University College  Adelphi MD 100%
University of Pikeville  Pikeville KY 100%
University of the Potomac  Washington DC 100%
Utah Valley University  Orem UT 100%
Wayne State College  Wayne NE 100%
Weber State University  Ogden UT 100%
Western International University  Tempe AZ 100%
Cameron University  Lawton OK 99.80%
Lewis-Clark State College  Lewiston ID 99.80%
University of Texas - El Paso  El Paso TX 99.80%
Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg ID 99.60%
Wilmington University  New Castle DE 99.50%
Lyndon State College Lyndonville VT 99.30%
Montana State University - Billings  Billings MT 99.30%
Kendall College Chicago IL 99.20%
Virginia Intermont College Bristol VA 99%
Ottawa University  Ottawa KS 98.90%
Wayland Baptist University  Plainview TX 98.60%
Utah State University  Logan UT 98.50%
Pfeiffer University  Misenheimer NC 98.30%
Washburn University  Topeka KS 98.20%
East Central University Ada OK 98.10%
Midland University Fremont NE 98%
Walden University  Minneapolis MN 98.00%
Colorado Christian University Lakewood CO 97.60%
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College  St. Mary-of-the-Woods IN 97.50%
Huntington University  Huntington IN 97.30%
Missouri Southern State University  Joplin MO 97.30%
Evergreen State College  Olympia WA 97.10%
Ohio Christian University Circleville OH 97.10%
Benedictine College  Atchison KS 97%
University of Sioux Falls  Sioux Falls SD 97%
University of St. Francis  Fort Wayne IN 96.80%
Indiana Wesleyan University  Marion IN 96.70%
Nyack College Nyack NY 96.70%
University of Akron  Akron OH 96.50%
Wright State University  Dayton OH 96.30%
Martin Luther College New Ulm MN 96.20%
Kansas State University  Manhattan KS 95.90%
Wichita State University  Wichita KS 95.80%
University of Montana  Missoula MT 95.70%
Hodges University  Naples FL 95.60%
University of Wyoming  Laramie WY 95.50%
Victory University Memphis TN 95.50%
Colorado State University - Pueblo  Pueblo CO 95.40%
University of Maine - Augusta  Augusta ME 95.40%
Carlow University Pittsburgh PA 95.20%
University of Houston - Downtown  Houston TX 95.10%
Bethel University  St. Paul MN 94.90%
Lubbock Christian University  Lubbock TX 94.90%
Bellarmine University  Louisville KY 94.80%
Berkeley College  Woodland Park NJ 94.70%
Concordia University Texas Austin TX 94.60%
Wiley College  Marshall TX 94.40%
Shepherd University  Shepherdstown WV 94.30%
Berkeley College  New York NY 94.20%
Neumann University  Aston PA 94%
Trinity International University  Deerfield IL 93.90%
Marygrove College  Detroit MI 93.80%
Walla Walla University  College Place WA 93.80%
Southern Wesleyan University Central SC 93.70%
Clarion University of Pennsylvania  Clarion PA 93.50%
Judson University  Elgin IL 93.40%
St. John's College  Santa Fe NM 93.40%
Northern State University  Aberdeen SD 93.30%
Tennessee Technological University  Cookeville TN 93.20%
University of the Incarnate Word  San Antonio TX 93.10%
Virginia Wesleyan College  Norfolk VA 92.90%
Franklin Pierce University  Rindge NH 92.70%
Mary Baldwin College  Staunton VA 92.50%
Southern Oregon University  Ashland OR 92.50%
Grand View University Des Moines IA 92.30%
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania  Mansfield PA 92.30%
Regis University  Denver CO 92.30%
Western Kentucky University  Bowling Green KY 92.30%
Western State Colorado University  Gunnison CO 92.30%
Bard College at Simon's Rock  Great Barrington MA 92.20%
Linfield College  McMinnville OR 92.20%
Iona College  New Rochelle NY 92.10%
University of Central Arkansas  Conway AR 92.10%
Freed-Hardeman University  Henderson TN 92%
South Carolina State University  Orangeburg SC 92%
South Dakota State University  Brookings SD 91.90%
Davenport University  Grand Rapids MI 91.70%
Lee University  Cleveland TN 91.70%
Loyola University Chicago  Chicago IL 91.40%
Northern Arizona University  Flagstaff AZ 91.40%

These are definitely some of the easiest schools to get into. Applying to any of these schools will give you a great shot at getting in. For schools that have less than a 100% admissions rate, you should still create a target SAT score or target ACT score so you can figure out what minimum SAT/ACT score you need to get in.


Colleges with Guaranteed Admissions

Some colleges have policies that grant you automatically grant you admission once you fulfill their academic criteria. The school will usually require a minimum GPA and/or a minimum SAT/ACT score. If you exceed these guidelines, you're in!

What's the difference from the 100% colleges above? These schools are actually typically more selective for the overall population. For example, University of Texas at Austin has a 40.2% acceptance rate, but if you're a Texas resident and are in the top 10% of your class, you'll automatically be admitted.

These schools are therefore more competitive (and usually have a better reputation) than the schools in the list above, so if you qualify, these are good bets for safety schools.

Each school has different criteria, but we've done the hard work of gathering all the schools in one list for you - just click on the school to see their exact admissions policies.

California State University
Central Washington University
Mississippi State University
North Dakota State University
Oklahoma State University
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Southern Illinois University
Truman State University
University of Arkansas
University of Denver
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Las Vegas
University of Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi
University of St Francis
University of Texas

If you pick one, this might be the easiest college to get into for you.


Colleges with the Lowest SAT/ACT Scores

Aside from the schools listed already, some schools have very low SAT/ACT score averages. If you score above the average, you're very likely to be admitted. These represent some of the colleges that are easy to get into. Some of these schools have already appeared above, but here we show their 25th percentile and 75th percentile SAT scores (their ACT scores will be similar when you convert the SAT to the ACT).

School 25th %ile 75th %ile
Northern State University 790 1120
Union College 880 1140
Rust College 970 1160
North Park University 935 1168
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 940 1190
University of South Dakota 890 1200
Livingstone College 950 1210
University of Louisiana Monroe 940 1220
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science 1066 1233
Saint Pauls College 800 1260
University of Michigan Dearborn 968 1260
Paine College 1010 1280
Chowan University 1040 1290
Marietta College 940 1290
Lincoln Christian University 1140 1291
Pine Manor College 990 1300
Edward Waters College 1050 1310
Kentucky State University 1016 1318
University of Missouri Kansas City 1000 1330
Virginia State University 1090 1335
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 900 1340
Fayetteville State University 1140 1350
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1018 1353
Elizabeth City State University 1150 1360
Missouri Valley College 1190 1360
Texas Southern University 1100 1360
Grand View University 1140 1370
Savannah State University 1140 1370
North Carolina Central University 1160 1380


What to Do Next

Even if you're applying to the nation's easiest colleges to get into, you'll still need to take the SAT or ACT. 

Figure out what your SAT Target Score or ACT Target Score ought to be, for the schools you're applying to.

Find out what the best SAT and ACT test dates are and how to organize your testing schedule.

Aiming high? Find out what it takes to get a perfect SAT score.



Even if you feel your chances at college are low right now, we still heavily encourage you to try to improve your SAT or ACT score. Increasing your SAT score by 120 points or your ACT score by 3 points will completely change the quality of school that you can get into. This can have a huge impact on your salary after graduation.

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As co-founder and head of product design at PrepScholar, Allen has guided thousands of students to success in SAT/ACT prep and college admissions. He's committed to providing the highest quality resources to help you succeed. Allen graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and earned two perfect scores on the SAT (1600 in 2004, and 2400 in 2014) and a perfect score on the ACT. You can also find Allen on his personal website, Shortform, or the Shortform blog.

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