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What Are the Easiest Colleges to Get Into? List of 100+ Schools

Posted by Allen Cheng | Sep 1, 2019 4:23:00 PM

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Applying to colleges is stressful. You often don't know whether you've gotten accepted until well after you've submitted your application; therefore, it's useful to have safety schools as a backup. These are colleges you're almost certain that you'd get into if you were to 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 admission rates, which ones guarantee admission if you meet certain requirements, and which ones have the lowest average SAT/ACT scores.

 

What Is an "Easy College to Get Into"?

What an "easy college to get into" is will depend on your specific circumstances and application.

If you scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT or a full 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 no admission offers your senior spring, so it's important to have a few schools that you're almost certain will accept you.

Below, we've compiled three collections of schools that are easy to get into in their own way.

First, we'll look at schools in the US that have the highest admission rates, which means nearly all those who apply to them get admitted.

Next, we'll discuss schools with guaranteed admission—if you meet their requirements, they will guarantee you a spot, no matter what.

Finally, we'll introduce schools with the lowest average SAT/ACT scores. So if you're performing a bit below average on one of these tests, these schools will be a solid bet for you.

 

Top 100 Colleges With the Highest Admission Rates

The hardest schools to get into have admission rates below 10%. Harvard, for example, has an admission rate of just 4.5%. This means that out of 1000 students who apply, only 45 get in.

By contrast, the easiest colleges to get into have nearly 100% admission rates. So if you apply, you're almost certain to get in. Unlike community colleges (which also have 100% admission rates), the following schools are usually affiliated with state university systems.

Here's a list of the 100 colleges with the highest admission rates. All data comes from US News.

School City State Admission Rate
Academy of Art University San Francisco CA 100%
Bismarck State College Bismarck ND 100%
Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain MS 100%
Boston Architectural College Boston MA 100%
Broward College Fort Lauderdale FL 100%
CSU — Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 100%
Cameron University Lawton OK 100%
CUNY — College of Staten Island Staten Island NY 100%
CUNY — Medgar Evers College Brooklyn NY 100%
Dixie State University Saint George UT 100%
Donnelly College Kansas City KS 100%
Granite State College Concord NH 100%
Indian River State College Fort Pierce FL 100%
Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg FL 100%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland WA 100%
LeMoyne-Owen College Memphis TN 100%
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston ID 100%
Metropolitan State University St. Paul MN 100%
Montana State University — Billings Billings MT 100%
Montana State University — Northern Havre MT 100%
Naropa University Boulder CO 100%
New England College Henniker NH 100%
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas NM 100%
Penascola State College Penascola FL 100%
Rochester College Rochester Hills MI 100%
Snow College Ephraim UT 100%
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Wake Forest NC 100%
South Florida State College Avon Park FL 100%
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Merrimack NH 100%
Trident University International Cypress CA 100%
Union Institute and University Cincinnati OH 100%
University of Maryland University College Adelphi MD 100%
University of Pikeville Pikeville KY 100%
University of Texas — El Paso El Paso TX 100%
VanderCook College of Music Chicago IL 100%
Washburn University Topeka KS 100%
Wayne State College Wayne NE 100%
Weber State University Ogden UT 100%
Wilmington University New Castle DE 100%
Adams State University Alamosa CO 99%
Belmont Abbey College Belmont NC 99%
Cairn University Langhorne PA 99%
Dickinson State University Dickinson ND 99%
Martin Methodist College Pulaski TN 99%
NewSchool of Architecture and Design San Diego CA 99%
University of Saint Francis Fort Wayne IN 99%
Valley City State University Valley City ND 99%
Alabama State University Montgomery AL 98%
Calvary University Kansas City MO 98%
Eastern Oregon University La Grande OR 98%
Johnson University Knoxville TN 98%
Lyndon State College Lyndonville VT 98%
Mississippi University for Women Columbus MS 98%
Nyack College Nyack NY 98%
Saint Martin's University Lacey WA 98%
Santa Fe University of Art and Design Santa Fe NM 98%
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg MS 98%
University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas VI 98%
Wayland Baptist University Plainview TX 98%
West Virginia State University Institute WV 98%
Albany State University Albany GA 97%
Alliant International University San Diego CA 97%
Benedictine College Atchison KS 97%
Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park NY 97%
D'Youville College Buffalo NY 97%
La Roche College Pittsburgh PA 97%
Lourdes University Sylvania OH 97%
Marlboro College Marlboro VT 97%
Northwest University Kirkland WA 97%
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach FL 97%
Southwestern College Winfield KS 97%
University of Maine — Augusta Augusta ME 97%
University of Maine — Fort Kent Fort Kent ME 97%
University of Wyoming Laramie WY 97%
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Nashville TN 97%
Wichita State University Wichita KS 97%
Wright State University Dayton OH 97%
Brigham Young University — Idaho Rexburg ID 96%
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles CA 96%
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia PA 96%
Eastern Washington University Cheney WA 96%
Evergreen State College Olympia WA 96%
Neumann University Aston PA 96%
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa ID 96%
Sterling College Craftsbury Common VT 96%
University of Kentucky Lexington KY 96%
University of the West Rosemead CA 96%
Arkansas Tech University Russellville AR 95%
College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick GA 95%
Colorado State University — Pueblo Pueblo CO 95%
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA 95%
Kansas State University Manhattan KS 95%
Loras College Dubuque IA 95%
Missouri Southern State University Joplin MO 95%
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester NH 95%
Transylvania University Lexington KY 95%
Truett McConnell University Cleveland GA 95%
University of Maine — Presque Isle Presque Isle ME 95%
Warner Pacific College Portland OR 95%
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green KY 95%

 

As you can see, 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% admission rate, you should still create a target SAT score or target ACT score so you can figure out what minimum SAT/ACT score you'll need to get in.

 

Colleges With Guaranteed Admission

Some colleges have policies that grant you automatic admission once you've fulfilled 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!

But what's the difference from the 100% admission colleges above?

Guaranteed admission schools are typically more selective for the population as a whole. For example, the University of Texas has a 36% acceptance rate overall, but if you're a Texas resident and are in the top 6% of your class, you'll be automatically admitted.

These schools are therefore more competitive (and usually have better reputations) than the 100% admission schools listed above. So if you qualify, these are solid 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 its admission policies.

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 above, some schools have very low SAT/ACT score averages. If you score above the average, you're very likely to be admitted. As a result, the following list represents some of the colleges that are easy to get into.

While some of these schools have already appeared above, here we'll be showing the middle 50% (average range) of SAT/ACT scores, wherein the lower score refers to the 25th percentile and the higher score refers to the 75th percentile.

School SAT Middle 50% ACT Middle 50%
Wiley College 640-1020 Avg = 16
North Carolina Central University 700-1030 17-20
Jarvis Christian College 720-880 13-17
CUNY Medgar Evers College 730-910 13-16
Rust College 730-890 13-17
Livingstone College 750-930 13-16
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 750-910 22-27
Alabama State University 755-966 16-20
Central State University 760-900 13-16
Paine College 760-950 14-17
Shaw University 763-935 14-17
Bethune-Cookman University 770-950 15-19
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 770-1030 15-21
Pine Manor College 770-970 13-18
Chowan University 780-955 14-17
Paul Quinn College 780-990 13-18
College of St. Elizabeth 790-980 14-18
University of Louisiana at Monroe 800-880 20-25
Gallaudet University 810-1000 14-20
Kentucky State University 810-990 17-21
Texas Southern University 810-990 15-18
Virginia Union University 810-930 13-19
Wesley College 810-1030 16-23
Trinity College of Florida 820-1020 16-19
University of Missouri — Kansas City 820-1010 21-28
Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College 830-1030 Avg = 20
Sul Ross State University 830-1010 15-20
Elizabeth City State University 840-1010 16-21
Huston-Tillotson University 840-1050 16-20
Savannah State University 840-1000 16-19
SUNY Cobleskill 840-1070 20-24
Calumet College of St. Joseph 850-1090 15-21
Post University 850-1100 17-21
Virginia State University 850-1020 15-19
Fayetteville State University 860-1010 16-20
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 860-1070 16-20
Lincoln Christian University 880-1050 17-24
Grand View University 890-1150 18-23
Kentucky Christian University 900-1140 18-23
Clark Atlanta University 910-1070 17-22
Northern State University 910-1140 19-24
Marietta College 920-1220 20-25
Missouri Valley College 920-1230 17-26
Texas A&M University — Kingsville 940-1130 17-22
Albertus Magnus College 950-1050 19-29

 

What's Next?

Even if you're applying to the easiest colleges to get into, you'll still likely need to take the SAT/ACT. Find out your SAT target score/ACT target score based on where you're applying.

Not sure how to organize your test-taking schedule? Learn what the best SAT/ACT test dates are and get tips on coming up with an ideal schedule for you.

Aiming for a perfect SAT/ACT score? Get the rundown of what it takes in our guides on how to get a full 1600 on the SAT and how to get a full 36 on the ACT.

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Allen Cheng
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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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