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The 25 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into

Manhattan College
Chris Taggart

Who needs the Ivy League? These 25 highly-ranked schools are great options for B students.

These are the top-ranked schools that accept at least 50% of applicants and where the typical student had a B average in high school (a GPA between 3.0 to 3.4). Estimated average net prices for public schools are for in-state students only.

SCHOOL LOCATION OVERALL RANK NET PRICE OF A DEGREE ACCEPTANCE RATE
1. Principia College Elsah, Ill. 32 $65,520 87%
2. University of Washington-Bothell Bothell, Wash. 37 125,690 74%
3. Manhattan College Riverdale, N.Y. 40 161,520 66%
4. Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, Mass. 50 98,720 72%
5. Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, Mont. 66 88,250 89%
6. Holy Family University Philadelphia, Pa. 68 149,650 67%
7. Molloy College Rockville Centre, N.Y. 72 178,060 74%
8. Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, Ore. 76 100,120 64%
9. California Maritime Academy Vallejo, Calif. 79 99,060 72%
10. Bryant University Smithfield, R.I. 86 164,130 77%
11. Louisiana State University and Agriculture & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, La. 95 96,990 80%
12. University of Arizona Tucson, Ariz. 99 98,560 71%
13. University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Ill. 101 121,120 64%
14. Rutgers University-Newark Newark, N.J. 107 140,860 58%
14. College of Our Lady of the Elms Chicopee, Mass. 107 119,280 80%
16. Providence College Providence, R.I. 114 181,350 61%
16. Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, Tenn. 114 106,810 93%
18. Mount St. Mary’s College Los Angeles, Calif. 122 176,500 60%
19. Earlham College Richmond, Ind. 129 108,880 75%
20. Loyola University of Maryland Baltimore, Md. 138 183,310 65%
20. Washington State University Pullman, Wash. 138 130,700 76%
20. University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Ia. 138 88,320 78%
23. Fairfield University Fairfield, Conn. 147 184,750 69%
23. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wisc. 147 94,670 77%
25. Westminster College Fulton, Mo. 150 106,720 72%
NOTES: The estimated average net price of a degree takes into account all financial aid (need, merit, athletic) awarded by the school and tuition inflation, as well as how long the typical student takes to graduate. SOURCES: IPEDS, Peterson’s, Payscale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations

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