The 50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into

Are the elite colleges a long shot? Whether you’re a B or even C student hoping for a great education, or a stronger student in search of a safety school, these top colleges that accept at least 51% of applicants are worth a close look.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
% admitted (for fall 2015)
Est. price 2017-18 without aid
Est. price 2017-18 with avg. grant
% who get need-based grants
% who get merit grants
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
% admitted (for fall 2015)
Est. price 2017-18 without aid
Est. price 2017-18 with avg. grant
% who get need-based grants
% who get merit grants
Early career earnings
13
1
53% $28,541 $10,524 35% 2% $55,200
22
2
66% $31,423 $18,188 38% 5% $57,700
23
3
73% $26,241 $19,870 31% 15% $57,400
26
4
74% $24,762 $14,767 31% 1% $59,300
29
5
56% $35,352 $14,434 76% 1% $47,000
30
6
66% $27,507 $15,769 35% 13% $50,400
34
7
67% $26,153 $14,821 39% 3% $55,000
37
8
53% $30,936 $20,445 41% 20% $55,200
37
8
59% $24,316 $12,574 28% 16% $57,800
41
10
53% $30,709 $16,413 44% 24% $55,600
45
11
58% $26,049 $17,345 36% 3% $51,200
46
12
Harrisonburg, VA
73% $25,984 $18,018 21% 4% $49,900
48
13
78% $25,359 $19,090 73% 3% $36,000
49
14
58% $32,093 $17,139 39% 9% $52,200
50
15
50% $23,647 $14,661 44% 6% $52,500
53
16
52% $20,580 $7,394 66% 32% $46,000
61
17
51% $29,371 $17,952 37% 23% $54,100
62
18
53% $26,535 $14,342 40% 7% $47,800
70
19
52% $27,309 $19,238 60% 35% $47,200
73
20
67% $29,108 $16,361 40% 3% $51,900
79
21
68% $25,149 $3,413 82% N/A $42,300
79
21
Albany, NY
56% $26,307 $15,364 54% 1% $45,400
82
23
71% $21,499 $7,978 70% 8% $44,900
87
24
Cedar Rapids, IA
61% $43,831 $21,896 71% 8% $42,300
89
25
Collegeville, MN
74% $56,502 $26,757 67% 65% $47,100
91
26
75% $29,220 $17,961 50% 47% $63,400
93
27
53% $24,442 $15,325 60% 15% $41,600
94
28
67% $56,836 $25,436 72% 7% $46,000
96
29
Rockville Centre, NY
76% $49,901 $28,776 70% 5% $57,600
96
29
77% $31,223 $12,414 62% 2% $52,100
98
31
60% $27,287 $16,530 49% 19% $48,200
99
32
53% $65,140 $25,241 54% 6% $59,400
109
33
Boston, MA
58% $58,330 $32,651 78% 5% $52,100
110
34
58% $31,127 $20,638 50% 3% $50,600
111
35
51% $25,289 $18,311 46% 15% $41,400
111
35
Wheaton, IL
71% $48,288 $30,015 53% 17% $44,900
113
37
74% $57,714 $28,280 69% 66% $43,300
115
38
Burlington, VT
71% $33,187 $18,681 55% 5% $45,300
117
39
78% $25,907 $14,352 34% 6% $48,300
119
40
61% $49,344 $24,537 60% 64% $52,100
119
40
79% $33,286 $23,755 47% 3% $48,700
121
42
75% $60,096 $31,720 67% 14% $48,700
121
42
50% $36,702 $18,954 65% N/A $50,300
124
44
80% $56,749 $18,283 59% 36% $47,100
127
45
69% $28,651 $18,701 42% 9% $52,100
131
46
77% $28,537 $18,535 45% 10% $54,600
131
46
77% $57,161 $30,536 86% 84% $47,400
136
48
53% $31,406 $18,144 28% 6% $44,100
141
49
Iowa City, IA
81% $22,968 $15,723 34% 22% $48,600
142
50
Loudonville, NY
76% $53,521 $27,125 73% 67% $47,900
1
New Brunswick, NJ
Money rank
49
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
2
Syracuse, NY
Money rank
70
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
3
Albany, NY
Money rank
79
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
4
Cedar Rapids, IA
Money rank
87
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
5
Collegeville, MN
Money rank
89
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
6
Houghton, MI
Money rank
91
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
7
Chicago, IL
Money rank
96
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
8
Durham, NH
Money rank
119
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
9
Duluth, MN
Money rank
119
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
10
Teaneck, NJ
Money rank
124
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
11
Mahwah, NJ
Money rank
136
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
12
Riverside, CA
Money rank
29
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
13
West Lafayette, IN
Money rank
37
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
14
Storrs, CT
Money rank
37
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
15
Lexington, VA
Money rank
41
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
16
Harrisonburg, VA
Money rank
46
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
17
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
79
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
18
Rockville Centre, NY
Money rank
96
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
19
Chicago, IL
Money rank
99
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
20
Boston, MA
Money rank
109
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
21
Amherst, MA
Money rank
110
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
22
Easton, MA
Money rank
121
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
23
Champaign, IL
Money rank
22
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
24
Buzzards Bay, MA
Money rank
26
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
25
East Lansing, MI
Money rank
30
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
26
Raleigh, NC
Money rank
50
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
27
Newark, DE
Money rank
73
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
28
Brockport, NY
Money rank
93
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
29
Cortland, NY
Money rank
111
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
30
Burlington, VT
Money rank
115
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
31
Santa Cruz, CA
Money rank
121
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
32
Wheaton, IL
Money rank
111
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
33
Seattle, WA
Money rank
13
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
34
College Station, TX
Money rank
34
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
35
New Ulm, MN
Money rank
48
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
36
Fresno, CA
Money rank
53
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
37
Athens, GA
Money rank
62
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
38
Saint Peter, MN
Money rank
94
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
39
Bloomington, IN
Money rank
117
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
40
Los Angeles, CA
Money rank
131
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
41
Iowa City, IA
Money rank
141
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
42
Blacksburg, VA
Money rank
23
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
43
Madison, WI
Money rank
45
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
44
Clemson, SC
Money rank
61
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
45
Turlock, CA
Money rank
82
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
46
Buffalo, NY
Money rank
98
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
47
Saint Joseph, MN
Money rank
113
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
48
Fairfax, VA
Money rank
127
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
49
Charleston, SC
Money rank
131
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
50
Loudonville, NY
Money rank
142
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
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