50 Most Affordable Colleges with High Acceptance Rates 2017

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Gabrielle Kratsas
September 2017

Too often, prospective students patiently wait for their top colleges to decide the direction of their futures, only to open their mailboxes to those dreaded rejection letters. The first thought to cross most of our minds is, “I wasn’t good enough,” but that isn’t the case. More often than not, it’s simply a matter of too many applicants and too few spots to fill.

According to The College Board, admission officers of the more-selective colleges and universities “readily admit that as many as two-thirds of the students they reject are fully capable of succeeding academically at their institutions.”

Ivy League acceptance rates and prices leave many students feeling like they can’t achieve their dreams, but the college experience, rather than the college, should be the main focus. A wide variety of colleges out there strive to open their doors to all types of students while still offering a quality and affordable education, beautiful campuses, active athletics programs and life-changing internships and employment opportunities.

Below, we’ve listed the easiest colleges to get into with the lowest “net costs,” the total cost of one year of full-time undergraduate tuition, minus financial aid one would receive. Some of these are small two-year commuter schools, and others are large four-year public universities; all of them put the student at the center of their mission and vision. While those Ivy League schools sound good on paper, this list of less selective colleges and universities may be a much better fit for you, and they definitely won’t break your bank!

To create this ranking, we started with U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 100 colleges and universities with the highest acceptance rates. We then narrowed that list down to the 50 cheapest colleges and universities using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database.

Finding an affordable college degree at the best colleges and universities is important to us; therefore, placement in this ranking is focused solely on each school’s “net cost”. Additionally, we included the student retention rate to show that while some of these schools are easy to get into, it’s important to look into whether and why enrolled students choose to keep coming back. Finally, we sourced and highlighted general “about” and admissions information from each of the schools’ websites.

All Net Costs and Retention Rates are sourced from College Navigator, unless otherwise stated. Also keep in mind that the university acceptance rate does not always speak to the admissions process of individual degree programs.

50. University of Akron in Akron, OH

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The University of Akron has the highest net cost on this list, but it has the Carnegie high research activity classification.

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Acceptance Rate: 97%
Net Cost: $16,568
Student Retention Rate: 73%

Founded in 1870 as Buchtel College, University of Akron is a public research university and part of the University System of Ohio with courses made available to students across the region and via distance learning. About 23,000 students, representing 45 U.S. states and 92 foreign countries, have the opportunity to earn one of more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs. Akron offers more than 200 undergraduate areas of study, including subjects like jewelry and metalsmithing, exercise science, construction engineering technology and more. Akron is member of the Mid-American Conference, fielding 17 NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate teams for men and women. It’s accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and its 80 buildings sit on a 218-acre campus. Prospective student applicants are not required to submit an essay or teacher recommendations, and they’re automatically considered for top UA scholarships and admission into the Williams Honors College.

49. University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY

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The University of Pikeville offers unique undergraduate programs in film and media arts, RN-BSN, healthcare management and more, providing 99 percent of freshmen with some type of financial aid.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $16,504
Student Retention Rate: 56%

Founded in 1889 by Presbyterians, University of Pikeville is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Pikeville enrolled 1,127 undergraduates and 707 graduate students in 2016. About 72 percent of freshmen live on the 25-acre campus, which offers 21 athletic programs and more than 40 student organizations, including academic, service, leadership and Greek societies. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees, Pikeville has a 16:1 student-teacher ratio, four colleges and schools, 24 majors and an average class size of 20 students.

48. Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS

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This year, Wall Street Journal named Kansas State University the No. 12 university in the nation for improving students’ critical thinking skills the most.

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Acceptance Rate: 95%
Net Cost: $16,431
Student Retention Rate: 85%

Founded in 1863, Kansas State University is a public doctoral university with nearly 24,000 enrolled students and a long-time accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1916). K-State is in the Big 12 Conference of collegiate athletics and is Home of the new $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Students have their pick of 250+ undergraduate majors and programs, as well as 159+ graduate degrees and certificates. The graduates of K-State’s bachelor degree programs have a 94 percent job placement rate, while master’s students have a 97 percent placement rate. With more than $36 million in scholarships awarded annually and flexible degree options in online and degree completion formats, what’s to stop you from sending in an application? The suggested minimum GPA is 2.0 and the application fee is $30.

47. Governors State University in University Park, IL

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Governors State University offers the most affordable undergrad tuition in the state, and ranks as the safest public university campus in Illinois.

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Acceptance Rate: 94%
Net Cost: $16,143
Student Retention Rate: 55%

Founded in 1969, Governors State University is a four-year public university that offers 64 degree and 24 certificate programs to its 5,500+ enrolled students. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, students at GSU can take classes at night, online, on television and at locations around Chicago to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, such as a BA in gender and sexuality studies, BA in entrepreneurship or BA in manufacturing management. The physical campus offers on-campus housing, more than 70 student clubs and organizations, the world renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park sculpture park, 750 acres of prairie and a prime location near Chicago.

46. University of Toledo in Toledo, OH

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About 76 percent of the University of Toledo’s baccalaureate graduates are employed within the state no more than one year post graduation, according to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in 2017.

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Acceptance Rate: 93%
Net Cost: $15,919
Student Retention Rate: 74%

Established in 1872, University of Toledo is a student-centered, public metropolitan research university with 16,000+ undergraduate students from 46 states and 82 countries and 350+ student organizations. UT offers more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, with the options of part-time and full-time study, day and evening classes and online education at the associate, bachelor’s, graduate and doctoral levels. In July 2006, the University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio merged to become the third-largest public university operating budget in the state. It is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. UT’s main campus features include nine modern residence halls, a gothic bell tower, a Student Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art classroom center in one of the original buildings and more. It also currently ranks No. 2 in Ohio among Carnegie-classified public research institutions.

45. Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO

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Colorado resident students at Western State Colorado University are eligible to receive a stipend from the College Opportunity Fund.

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Acceptance Rate: 98%
Net Cost: $15,780
Student Retention Rate: 69%

Established in 1901, Western State Colorado University has a total of 2,539 students and an average class size of 17. Campus is about 30 miles from Crested Butte Mountain Resort and nine miles from Blue Mesa Reservoir, which is the state’s largest body of water. Western offers 67 undergraduate academic programs and three graduate degree programs, covering subjects like graphic design, wildlife biology, Latin American business and more. About 74 percent of Western’s students receive some kind of financial aid, and it’s only $30 to apply.

44. Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT

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Lyndon State College classes with the FLEX designation are made available in online, hybrid, evening or weekend course formats.

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Acceptance Rate: 99%
Net Cost: $15,587
Student Retention Rate: 68%

Founded in 1911, Lyndon State College is a public liberal arts college with a 195-acre campus in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom. This campus is set on the former site of Theodore N. Vail’s summer mansion and overlooks the Passumpsic Valley and Burke Mountain. It is fully-equipped with nine residence halls, a 6,000-square-foot skatepark, 18-holes of disc golf, a terrain park, high and low ropes course, and cross-country running trails. In the winter, Fountain Pond produces Lyndon’s iconic fountain mountain: a column of ice students use to practice ice climbing. Annually, LSC enrolls around 1,200 students, allowing for an incredibly intimate campus setting with small classes and a 14:1 student-teacher ratio. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), LSC offers 28 undergraduate majors; the most popular are music business industry, mountain recreation management, exercise science, business and visual arts. Of those who graduated in 2012, 84 percent acquired career/grad student placement within six months.

43. Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN

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Students at Metropolitan State University choose from more than 60 undergraduate programs, 12 master’s degrees and two doctoral programs; they’re also able to create individualized baccalaureate degrees.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $15,231
Student Retention Rate: 71%

Founded in 1971, Metropolitan State University, or Metro State, is a four-year public university and a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. This university offers high-quality, flexible and affordable options in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education through day, evening, weekend, online and hybrid courses. Metro State runs over 20 teaching locations, including four primary campuses in Saint Paul, Brooklyn Park, Midway and Minneapolis, all of which are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Saint Paul campus added three new facilities: a student center, a multi-level parking ramp and a Science Education Center that will allow expansion in the school’s STEM offerings.

42. Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR

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Starting this fall, students can access additional courses, programs, degrees and resources through Eastern Oregon University and Blue Mountain Community College by completing a joint application.

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Acceptance Rate: 97%
Net Cost: $14,973
Student Retention Rate: 73%

Founded in 1929, Eastern Oregon University is one of seven state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in the State, and it’s accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Fall 2016 enrollment reached 3,176, allowing fewer than 25 students in each class. This beautiful campus offers on-campus housing with a capacity for 355 students in three residence halls, as well as ample outdoor recreation opportunities at nearby rivers, lakes and snow parks. This college has a high acceptance rate, over 50 student clubs and 14 available EOU scholarship opportunities. EOU awards more than $11.3 million in scholarships and grants annually to students, and 91 percent of them receive financial aid. Academics include 15 fully-online majors, an AA in elementary education, 21 on-campus undergraduate majors, 27 minors, five partnership degree programs, a master of business administration, four certificate programs and 10 pre-professional programs in areas like optometry, physical therapy and veterinary medicine.

41. North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND

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According to Pay Scale, North Dakota State University has “one of the highest student return-on-investment ratios for public research universities in the nation.” (2016 College ROI report)

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Acceptance Rate: 94%
Net Cost: $14,581
Student Retention Rate: 80%

North Dakota State University is a public land-grant research university located on a 258-acre campus where the 14,432 enrolled students can choose from more than 100 majors in subjects like animal sciences, dietetics, art education, public service and more, in addition to the 25 fully-online undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs. NDSU degree programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and several academic areas made it into the National Science Foundation’s top 100, including agricultural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, psychology and computer sciences. This college is fairly easy to get into, and has a statewide reach through Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations. Applicants only need $35 to cover the fee, and it’s recommended they have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale).

40. Wilmington University in New Castle, DE

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Prospective students at Wilmington University are allowed to transfer up to 90 credits, and the application fee is just $35.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $14,471
Student Retention Rate: 58%

Opened in 1968, Wilmington University is a private, non-profit doctoral research institution located not too far from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and Washington. This campus lacks student housing facilities and, therefore, generally serves commuter students. It annually enrolls 18,000+ diverse students, but keeps a comfortable 17:1 student-faculty ratio. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are accessible at the New Castle/main campus location, including bachelor’s degrees in areas like behavioral science, computer and network security, game design and development, legal studies and sports management. To earn these degrees, day, evening and weekend class options are available in 15-week, 7-week and weekend modular formats. Fusion programs allow partially online learning, while additional physical academic sites are also abundant.

39. Wright State University in Dayton, OH

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Wright State University’s Nutter Center is southwest Ohio’s “premier sports and entertainment complex” where many of the school’s NCAA Division I athletes train and compete.

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Acceptance Rate: 96%
Net Cost: $14,464
Student Retention Rate: 66%

The first classes at Wright State University were held in 1964. Today, WSU is a public research university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) with nearly 18,000 students. Named for the Wright brothers, this university is made up of eight colleges, three schools and a branch lake campus in Celina, Ohio. The 557-acre main campus with 30 student residential buildings is 12 miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio. Wright State offers an extraordinary 230+ degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, certificate, graduate and doctoral levels. Online, students can take advantage of the flexible RN-BSN Nursing Degree Completion Program (BSN), 14 online master’s programs and one doctoral nursing program. The Wright State tunnel system is one of the most elaborate collegiate pedestrian tunnel systems in the country with almost two miles of tunnels linking all but two buildings in the academic section of campus.

38. Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX

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Wayland Baptist University is the oldest institution of higher education in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas, and admissions will waive the application fee if you apply while on campus.

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Acceptance Rate: 99%
Net Cost: $14,453
Student Retention Rate: 51%

Established in 1908, Wayland Baptist University is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. This university also operates campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, TX; Altus, OK; Clovis and Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix and Sierra Vista, AZ; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; Mililani, HI; Kenya, Africa; and online. With just 5,000 total students, classes are kept intimate and personalized with an average of 16 students and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. WBU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees and certificates at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels; and its education is informed by a Christian worldview. More than 95 percent of the university’s full-time students receive financial assistance.

37. Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN

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Bemidji State University accepts applications year-round, and requires a small $20 application fee.

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Acceptance Rate: 94%
Net Cost: $14,334
Student Retention Rate: 72%

Founded in 1919, Bemidji State University is a public state university on the serene shores of Lake Bemidji. This lovely lakeside campus is an incredibly safe member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. For those students who aren’t fans of the cold weather that can freeze the lake enough to use it for extra parking, all major facilities are connected by all-season underground passages. The approximately 5,000 undergraduate and over 300 graduate students choose from over 65 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, 14 graduate programs and seven fully online bachelor’s degree programs. Students enjoy the 19.5:1 student-teacher ratio while learning in unique areas of study like aquatic biology, exhibit design, creative and electronic writing and more. The university offers in-state or reciprocity tuition to all qualified students, and 82 percent of those enrolled receive some financial aid.

36. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, PA

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For seven years running, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania has earned its Military Friendly designation for its accessible degree programs.

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Acceptance Rate: 99%
Net Cost: $14,323
Student Retention Rate: 70%

Founded in 1857, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is a multi-purpose four-year university located in Northwestern Pennsylvania with 6,550 students, 123 baccalaureate programs, 16 graduate degree programs, 10 associate degree programs and 10 certificates. The 585-acre campus has a five-acre lake, a lot of greenery, the area’s premiere student housing complex, numerous clubs and organizations, nationally renowned services for students with physical disabilities, NCAA athletics, performing arts and a thriving Greek life scene. It only costs $30 to apply to this university, which awards around $4.7 million in institutional scholarships. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers PSAC and NCAA Divisions I and II varsity sports, plus wheelchair basketball. An impressive 90 percent of Edinboro’s faculty hold terminal degrees in their fields.

35. Granite State College in Concord, NH

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Granite State College’s application is free and often takes less than 15 minutes to complete, so give it a shot!

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $13,922
Student Retention Rate: 58%

Since its inception in 1972, Granite State College has specifically focused on adult students and has become a Military Friendly™ university with more than 13 percent of students actively serving in the armed forces or having served. The average Granite State undergrad is 34-years-old, and more than 84 percent of the 4,109 students are transfers. As a result, this university specializes in maximizing previously earned college credits and work experience. A member of the University System of New Hampshire, GSC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is the most affordable four-year college in the state, according to the National College Scorecard. This 100 percent acceptance rate college offers programs to earn an AA, AS, BA, BS, MS, post-baccalaureate teacher certifications and 11 undergraduate minors. These programs are made readily available through online delivery or face-to-face interactions at five full-service regional campuses and three academic sites.

34. The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA

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With 71 percent of Evergreen State College students (Greeners) receiving financial aid, it’s  not surprising that almost 50 percent of graduates completed their degrees without any debt.

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Acceptance Rate: 98%
Net Cost: $13,367
Student Retention Rate: 68%

Open in 1971, The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college that is unique in that it doesn’t offer formal majors, allowing students the opportunity to choose programs with topics they’re most interested in. Current enrollment at Evergreen is approximately 4,300, and these students have 60+ fields of study to choose from, including three graduate programs in environmental studies, public administration and teaching. Freshmen students at Evergreen have access to specialized equipment like nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopes and 3D printers as early as they want. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Evergreen has the third-highest four-year graduation rate among the state’s public institutions. A whopping 97 percent of this university’s graduates are working, in grad schools or doing something personally meaningful within one year post graduation.

33. University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY

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The University of Wyoming’s campus is part of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with virtually unlimited access to opportunities valued by outdoor enthusiasts.

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Acceptance Rate: 96%
Net Cost: $13,155
Student Retention Rate: 77%

Founded in 1886, University of Wyoming is a land grant university in Wyoming’s High Laramie Plains, between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountains with over 14,000 students from 50 states and 90 different countries. Students can study anything from agronomy to zoology, criminal justice to theatre and dance within the school’s 80 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs. UW has the largest study-abroad scholarship endowment of any U.S. four-year public land-grant university with abroad degree programs in almost 50 countries each year at 400+ domestic and study abroad sites. UW has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission continuously since 1923, it has a 15:1 student-faculty ratio and its students can apply for $42.6 million in available scholarships. UW at a Distance offers bachelor completion programs, master’s and doctoral degrees and more.

32. Dixie State University in Saint George, UT

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At Dixie State University, students enjoy an average daily temperature high of 71 degrees and 300 days of sunshine annually.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $13,071
Student Retention Rate: 54%

Established in 1911, Dixie State University is a public comprehensive university with about 8,350 students, bachelor’s degrees in 26 areas with 47 emphases opportunities, 22 minors, 16 associate’s degree programs and 13 certificate options. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, DSU grants degrees through its College of Education, College of Business & Communication, College of Health Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Technology, and College of the Arts. The campus is striking, set among the red rocks of St. George and Washington County, just 45 minutes from Zion National Park, 1.5 hours from Las Vegas and two hours from Lake Powell. Dixie offers financial aid to 78 percent of its students in addition to its variety of scholarship opportunities.

31. Utah State University in Logan, UT

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About 78 percent of Utah State University students ‘strongly agreed’ that their career opportunities improved as a result of their USU education.

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Acceptance Rate: 97%
Net Cost: $13,037
Student Retention Rate: 73%

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is a public land-grant research university that is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Enrolling over 28,000 students, USU offers 168 undergraduate degrees and 143 graduate degrees through seven degree granting colleges and the Huntsman School of Business, as well as a variety of fully online degree programs. Unparalleled by any other school on this list, about 63.5 percent of USU faculty worked with undergraduates on a research project in the last two years. This high acceptance rate college has the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, behind the very selective MIT. On the beautiful 400-acre main campus, students enjoy Division I athletics and 200+ student clubs and organizations. For outdoors lovers, the campus is just a few minutes from two magnificent mountain ranges.

30. Colorado State University-Pueblo in Pueblo, CO

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Colorado State University-Pueblo has an Outdoor Pursuits program that introduces nature-loving students to all that the picturesque environment has to offer.

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Acceptance Rate: 96%
Net Cost: $12,887
Student Retention Rate: 66%

Founded in 1933, Colorado State University-Pueblo is a regional and comprehensive public university with 4,500 students and a 275-acre campus 100 miles south of Denver. Low cost doesn’t mean low quality at CSU Pueblo: the campus is home to newly renovated Library, a new $16 million general academic classroom building and a current $30 million major renovation/expansion to the Occhiato University Center. Students enjoy the access of a public university while getting the advantage of an intimate 16:1 student-faculty ratio and 80 percent of classes with 30 or fewer students. CSU Pueblo students choose from 28 undergraduate programs, 52 minors and 10 graduate degree programs, all of which are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The university partners with the Smithsonian Institution, an unmatched collaboration, to offer summer internships in a variety of disciplines.

29. University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD

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The University of Maryland University College has earned a high number of awards and recognitions for its incredibly accessible, affordable and flexible degree programs.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $12,483
Student Retention Rate: 43%

Founded in 1947, University of Maryland University College is the academic home of more than 80,000 students worldwide. A member of the University System of Maryland, UMUC is public, not-for-profit and accessible online, at one of its 20+ locations in the DMV area and on-site at military installations in 20+ countries and territories. UMUC was the first American university to educate the country’s military personnel overseas, and it is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Students can transfer up to 90 credits from prior college coursework and work experience to put toward any of UMUC’s 90+ degrees, specializations and certificates. This university boasts $0 in textbook costs, $6 million in annually awarded-awarded scholarship funds and a streamlined, achievement-based admissions process, which doesn’t require the SAT, GRE or GMAT.

28. Wayne State College in Wayne, NE

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Coming to the U.S. from overseas? Wayne State College is No. 117 out of 4,000+ schools for awarding the most financial aid to international students, according to the Student Loan Report 2015.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $12,139
Student Retention Rate: 67%

Starting out as a teacher’s college in 1891, Wayne State College is a four-year public college in the Nebraska State College System with 3,513 students, a 20:1 student-faculty ratio and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Through its School of Arts and Humanities, School of Business and Technology, School of Education and Counseling and School of Natural and Social Sciences, WSC offers 90+ academic program options. It also partners with the University of Nebraska Medical Center for its Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) and its Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST) health program, as well as the college’s Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP). WSC offers more than 200 scholarships to its students, and of the alumni who graduated in the past year, 99.8 percent were quickly employed or attending graduate school. Did we mention that applying to this high acceptance rate college is free?

27. Montana State University Billings in Billings, MT

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At Montana State University Billings, students, faculty and staff completed about 13.5 thousand hours of volunteer service in 2016-17.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $11,680
Student Retention Rate: 54%

Founded in 1927, Montana State University Billings’ main campus is 110 acres in downtown Billings, and the school is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU). MSUB offers its 4,366 total students 24 online degree programs, two Certificates of Technical Studies, 14 Certificates of Applied Science, 33 associate’s, 28 bachelor’s and 17 master’s degree programs. MSUB has 15 NCAA II sports teams in the Great Northwest Conference, the most within the state. Annually, MSU Billings awards over $1.5 million in scholarships; 500+ of these awards range from $200 book scholarships to full tuition. Just pay the small $30 application fee, and start your future!

26. Washburn University in Topeka, KS

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Washburn University is one of the cheapest colleges with high acceptance rates, and it’s located on 160 acres of a residential campus in the heart of the city.

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Acceptance Rate: 99%
Net Cost: $11,604
Student Retention Rate: 72%

Founded in 1865, Washburn University is a co-educational, public university with more than 7,500 students, 100+ campus clubs and organizations and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. About 40 percent of undergraduate courses have fewer than 20 students, who get to choose among more than 200 academic programs that lead to certification, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees. University resources award a total of $7.9 million in scholarships, the application fee is just $20 and students with residency in Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma or Texas qualify for the Interstate Tuition Waiver if they can keep a 3.0 GPA.

25. Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY

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Western Kentucky University’s main campus is nestled among the hills of Bowling Green, but additional campuses help the university reach more students.

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Acceptance Rate: 93%
Net Cost: $11,409
Student Retention Rate: 73%

Western Kentucky University is a public university founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906. WKU is home to more than 20,000 students on their main and satellite campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro and the Elizabethtown area. Students of this moderately easy admissions school have access to nationally recognized academic programs in journalism and broadcasting, education, engineering and business, as well as its award-winning speech and debate team. Interested in studying abroad? WKU sends students to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England every semester, and other students circumnavigate the globe through the Semester at Sea program. Out of 1,500 2015 graduates, it took an average of 48 days to secure their job positions, while 58 percent of them received a salary that matched their expectations and 13 percent received more than they expected.

24. Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID

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Lewis-Clark State College has the lowest tuition in Idaho among public four-year institutions!

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Acceptance Rate: 99%
Net Cost: $11,296
Student Retention Rate: 58%

Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State College is a public undergraduate college with enrollment just under 4,000, a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and a three-part mission of academic programs, career and technical education programs, and community programs. The 90+ available degrees and certificates, seven academic divisions, two career and technical education divisions, 372 online courses and nine online degree programs have helped 95 percent of LCSC recent grads get jobs, enter graduate school or settle in another way. The 46-acre campus offers four residence halls, 60+ student organizations and an optimal location where Clearwater and Snake Rivers, Lewiston and Clarkston, and Idaho and Washington meet. LCSC doesn’t require any fee for applying, and 76 percent of students receive financial aid.

23. College of Staten Island (CUNY) in Staten Island, NY

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Compared to other research institutions, students at the College of Staten Island conduct research with faculty, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at a much earlier point in their academic career.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $10,627
Student Retention Rate: 80%

Established in 1976, College of Staten Island is one of the 11 four-year senior colleges within the City University of New York system, and its 204-acre campus is the largest single site for a New York City college. The campus’ landscape is park-like, offering students a unique Astrophysical Observatory and a short distance from New York City, to which the university runs a free campus shuttle and ferry ride. Through the 24 college departments, CSI does have a number of selective academic programs, learning communities and undergraduate research opportunities, regardless of its 100 percent acceptance rate. The university was named a Top Public College in the Northeast by U.S. News and World Report. It also runs Staten Island’s only FM radio station, offers the most extensive study abroad program in CUNY and competes in the NCAA III, CUNYAC and ECAC Conferences.

22. Montana State University-Northern in Havre, MT

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Montana State University-Northern serves students in an area that includes four Native American reservations, as well as the state’s smallest and largest towns.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $10,523
Student Retention Rate: 59%

Founded in 1929, Montana State University-Northern is a public state university with 1,273 students and part of the Montana State University System. MSUN, along with a few others on this list, is an institutional participant of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Through this program, the university offers reduced tuition (150 percent of its in-state semester rate) to student residents from the following participating states: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. WUE is only available to students who have not previously completed a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, about 80 percent of MSUN students receive some form of financial aid, and $11 million in scholarships is awarded each year. Offering over 40 majors and over 30 minors, degree program subjects range from teacher education to engineering technology. Accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), this university has educational centers in Great Falls (co-located with Great Falls College MSU) and in Lewistown.

21. College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA

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Every building on the College of Coastal Georgia’s campus but one has been renovated within the past six years, and construction is in progress on a second suite-based residence hall.

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Acceptance Rate: 95%
Net Cost: $10,354
Student Retention Rate: 57%

College of Coastal Georgia is a public state undergraduate college located between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL. A member of the University System of Georgia, CCGA enrolls 3,500 students who enjoy participating in the over 40 clubs and organizations. The 193-acre campus is a 15-minute drive to St. Simons Island’s beach and Jekyll Island, where students team with community partners such as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Jekyll Island Authority and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. CCGA is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees in subjects like American studies, biological sciences, business administration, education, health informatics and more. More than 85 percent of students receive some financial aid, and CCGA scholarship funds assist 300+ students. The university is in the Southern States Athletic Conference with eight competitive sports teams: men’s (basketball, golf and tennis and women’s basketball, golf, tennis, softball and volleyball.

20. Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS

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Mississippi University for Women has 23 buildings on The National Register of Historic Places, and its campus is easy to navigate between classes.

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Acceptance Rate: 96%
Net Cost: $10,018
Student Retention Rate: 59%

Founded in 1884,Mississippi University for Women was the first public college for women in the U.S., but it opened its admissions to men in 1982. Almost 60% of The W’s classes have fewer than 20 students, and its four colleges feature 17+ academic departments, 50 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 13 graduate program fields. Thanks to its small enrollment just shy of 3,000, the university offers a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, but that didn’t stop it from awarding more than $5 million in scholarships. The application is free to submit, and those coming in with an associate’s degree can finish their bachelor’s through the 2+2 online degree program. The W is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the levels of associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate.

19. New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM

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This year, Great Value Colleges also recognized New Mexico Highlands University as one of the best colleges for adult education.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $9,783
Student Retention Rate: 53%

Established in 1893, New Mexico Highlands University is public and state-run with 1,095 full-time students enrolled at the main campus and 333 students enrolled online, as of data from 2016. This adult learner-friendly university’s classes range from 15-35 students for the first-year courses, and it has an intimate 12:1 student-teacher ratio. NMHU makes accessing education easy through online degree programs and academic centers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Farmington. Its main campus consists of 85 acres nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In 2015-16, the university awarded $760,065 in non-need-based aid and it offers 12 scholarships just for freshmen. More than 55 undergraduate majors and minors are available in subjects like athletic training, conservation management, geographic information systems and women’s studies.

18. Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO

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The Missouri Western State University Foundation offers over 250 scholarships annually, and 96 percent of first-time freshmen receive financial aid.

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Acceptance Rate: 99%
Net Cost: $9,724
Student Retention Rate: 66%

Founded as St. Joseph Junior College in 1915, Missouri Western State University is a public, co-educational university and a member of the State of Missouri System. Missouri Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and offers 12 types of baccalaureate degrees, with majors in a wide variety of fields like digital animation, biotechnology, international studies and population health management, as well as certificates, associate’s, master’s degrees and minors in subjects like athletic coaching, legal studies and military science. The more than 5,300 MWSU students from 36 states and 36 countries enjoy a 700-acre campus with seven residence halls, the Missouri Conservation Department headquarters, nine ponds, nature trails and more than 600 trees. This college has a simple acceptance policy; it grants automatic, regular admission to applicants who meet at least one of its requirements, listed on this page.

17. West Virginia State University in Institute, WV

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West Virginia State University is designated as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, which recognizes the University’s achievement of effective campus forest management and its commitment to conservation.

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Acceptance Rate: 94%
Net Cost: $9,613
Student Retention Rate: 58%

Founded in 1891 as a Historically Black College, West Virginia State University is a small land-grant university, enrolling about 3,500 students, 90 percent of whom receive some form of financial aid, and offering 23 undergraduate and six graduate degree programs. WVSU’s 123-acre campus is a few miles from the state’s capitol and within driving distance to major cities in five bordering states. In 1939, the university became the first of six historically black colleges to establish an aviation program authorized by the Civil Aeronautics Authority. Today, it also offers fully online degree programs in criminal justice, business administration with a concentration in accounting, business administration with a concentration in management, English (Technical Writing) and a master’s degree in instructional educational leadership. Application requirements include a 2.0 GPA or higher, $20 application fee, 18 ACT or 870 Composite SAT [combination of critical reading and math scores]. This past academic year, WVSU awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to its students.

16. Middle Georgia State University in Macon, GA

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Middle Georgia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $9,538
Student Retention Rate: 68%

Bachelor’s degrees were first introduced in the late 1990s at the Macon campus of Middle Georgia State University, and it has since grown into a four-year, residential university, offering a wide array of certificate, associate and baccalaureate programs. From liberal arts to flight and aviation studies, MGA’s programs are within the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Aviation, School of Business, School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Information Technology, including three fully online MS and BS degree programs. According to the school’s website, the use of open educational resources has saved students about $50,000 per semester; plus, the MGA Foundation awarded over $335,000 in scholarships in 2016-17. The main Macon campus is close to Atlanta and houses up to 330 of its 7,700 students. It’s also home to a beautiful lake, the new Professional Science and Conference Center, a state-of-the art Education Building and the Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens.

15. Weber State University in Ogden, UT

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Weber State University has a beautiful campus at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, just 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $9,321
Student Retention Rate: 62%

Founded in 1889, Weber State University offers its degree programs at eight statewide academic locations and online. Weber works hard to make its degrees obtainable by also offering independent study and evening classes, as well as the option to take up to 18 credits for the same price as 11. Weber students can choose from more than 225 certificate and degree programs, including six fully online bachelor’s degree programs, 14 graduate degree programs and 20 gainful employment programs. The university provides over $90 million in financial aid and scholarships annually, is home to 16 NCAA Division I sports, holds the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and has an average class size of 21 students.

14. Bismarck State College in Bismarck, ND

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Bismarck State College offers students limited capacity on-campus housing, a number of varsity NJCAA intercollegiate sports teams and a 120-acre campus that overlooks the Missouri River.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $9,258
Student Retention Rate: 74% as of Spring 2017, according to the school’s website

Created in 1939, Bismarck State College had a Spring 2017 enrollment of 3,653 students, 1,786 of whom received some kind of financial aid. It is the third largest college in the ND University System, but it has a 15:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 16 students. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, BSC offers career and technical programs (degrees that train students for a good-paying job in two years or less), associate degrees, diploma and certificate programs, and one bachelor of applied science in energy management, the only one of its kind in the U.S. The BSC Foundation provides almost $500,000 in annual scholarships to incoming and lower class students, and the college partners with Dickinson State University, Minot State University, University of Mary and Valley City State University so that its students can transfer seamlessly and choose from a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs.

13. Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO

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Missouri Southern State University offers online degree completion options, 17 minors, 11 certificates, one professional credential and 14 bachelor’s degrees with several emphasis areas.

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Acceptance Rate: 94%
Net Cost: $9,203
Student Retention Rate: 61%

Opened in 1937, Missouri Southern State University is a public state university located on a 373-acre campus in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, just two hours from Kansas City, Springfield, Branson, Tulsa and Fayetteville, AR. Nearly 6,000 students are in more than 140 academic programs. Undergraduate classes have an average of 19 students. The school sponsors five school-sponsored academic scholarships, department-specific/performing awards and other scholarship opportunities. It also offers the Lion Pride Tuition Discount program, which offers in-state tuition to residents of Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. MSSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association – Higher Learning Commission, and it offers NCAA Division II athletics programs.

12. University of Louisiana at Monroe in Monroe, LA

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University of Louisiana graduates experience 100 percent passage rates on licensure exams for nursing, speech language pathology, radiologic technology and dental hygiene.

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Acceptance Rate: 94%
Net Cost: $9,145
Student Retention Rate: 74%

Founded in 1931, University of Louisiana at Monroe is a comprehensive, state-funded university that is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. With its 9,100-student enrollment, ULM runs 150 student organizations, offers the only state-funded pharmacy program in Louisiana and awards scholarships to 48 percent of incoming students. This university is in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, and its 238-acre green campus is considered one of the state’s most beautiful with Bayou DeSiard running through it. Students can choose from 96 available majors and minors, including over 30 online degree programs and study areas like risk management and insurance, atmospheric sciences and toxicology.

11. Cameron University in Lawton, OK

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Cameron University ranks consistently among regional universities in the category of ‘Least Debt’ by U.S. News & World Report.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $9,093
Student Retention Rate: 62%

Established as an agricultural high school in 1908, Cameron University is state-funded and the largest four-year higher education institution in southwest Oklahoma. Cameron enrolls about 5,100 students each fall, 260 of whom are international students from 51 different countries. Cameron achieved a 10-year unconditional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission during the 2010-11 academic year, and this accessible university offers nearly 50 degrees through two-year, four-year and graduate degree programs. Available degrees include a bachelor of accounting, bachelor of arts, bachelor of business administration, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of music education and a bachelor of science. To hopeful applicants, Cameron offers an honors program, early admission, advanced standing, a study abroad program, and college-level examination programs. If your future employers identify a deficiency in core employment areas with your graduated field of study, “The Cameron University Guarantee” will provide additional education for free. Worried about that “freshmen 15?” Cameron is a “Certified Healthy Campus” by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and its national championship-winning athletics program has been around since 1909.

10. Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR

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Southern Oregon University has earned recognition as one of the most sustainable universities through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Best Case Study Award, its Bee Campus USA certification, LEED Gold housing and Princeton Review’s designation as “one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.”

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Acceptance Rate: 95%
Net Cost: $8,939
Student Retention Rate: 68%

Founded in 1926, Southern Oregon University enrolls more than 6,000 students, but keeps its average class size to just 26 students. This public liberal arts college has a fairly high acceptance rate and offers more than 10 scholarship opportunities to freshmen and transfer students. SOU covers a wide range of career fields through its 35 areas of study, internships, mentor relationships, field study, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement. Students can also choose from 14 pre-professional programs, just under 40 different minors, 10 certificates and 12 graduate degree programs. The 175-acre campus is located in a culturally rich city that has earned a spot among Outside magazine’s top 10 “Best Towns in America.” Students can enroll year round, and those within the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) states are eligible for an even more affordable tuition.

9. University of Maine at Augusta in Augusta, ME

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The University of Maine at Augusta extends its student outreach to campuses in Bangor and through its statewide University College centers.

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Acceptance Rate: 97%
Net Cost: $8,627
Student Retention Rate: 56%

Founded in 1965, University of Maine at Augusta is the third largest public university in the state and a commuter institution within the University of Maine System. With about 6,200 students and a 16:1 student-teacher ratio, the university offers 29 certificate programs, 14 associate’s degree programs, 19 baccalaureate programs, five post-baccalaureate programs and 39 minors. Most of these programs have rolling admissions, allowing students to apply whenever, and they include subject areas like architecture, dental hygiene, music and veterinary technology; online formats are also available. Annually, UMA awards over one million dollars in scholarships, and approximately 82 percent of students receive financial aid.

8. LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN

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The easy admissions process at LeMoyne-Owen College requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and a $25 application fee.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $8,587
Student Retention Rate: 50%

LeMoyne-Owen College is a four-year private historically black college, formed in 1968 as a result of LeMoyne College’s merger with Owen College, both of which were church-related colleges “founded and developed to provide higher education to students in the Mid-South area.” Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate and the associate degrees, LOC enrolls just under 1,000 students and has a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. One of the various schools with 100 percent acceptance rates, it offers an Accelerated Degree Completion Program (ADCP), which leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The program’s curriculum and structure was developed to offer full-time working students a chance to complete their degrees. Stipulations for this program are students must have completed around 60 semester hours at an accredited post-secondary program, they should be 25-years-old or they have worked full-time positions nonstop for three years.

7. Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, ID

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The John Taylor Building at Brigham Young University-Idaho is one of the most architecturally striking buildings on campus and houses the departments of religious education, humanities and philosophy.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $8,344
Student Retention Rate: 71%

Founded in 1888, Brigham Young University-Idaho is Idaho’s largest private university and is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of our top 10 cheapest colleges on this list, BYUI’s campus is just 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park and consists of 430 acres and over 40 buildings with 28,000 students attending annually. BYUI offers more than 100 bachelor’s degrees, 11 of which are available online. This ‘easy to get into college’ is unique in that it runs on a Three-Track System calendar where academic years are divided into three equal, 14-week semesters in the fall, spring and winter with optional classes available in the summer. Each admitted student is assigned to a two-semester academic track, all of which utilize a proactive, engaged approach to education.

6. East Central University in Ada, OK

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East Central University has a great location, approximately 90 miles from Oklahoma City, 115 miles from Tulsa and 150 miles from Dallas.

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Acceptance Rate: 97%
Net Cost: $6,853
Student Retention Rate: 62%

Established in 1909, East Central University is the only public university in the state that offers a BS degree program in legal studies and one of the few schools in the U.S. offering a BS in cartography. This regional university is located in a small town residential area and is home to 4,428 students, who have the option to enroll at the Ardmore Higher Education Center, in McAlester at the Eastern Oklahoma State College branch campus and online. ECU implemented the state’s first Collegiate Officer Program. The university’s partnership with the State of Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) allows students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree while fulfilling police officer certification requirements. Five alumni from this accessible university held the position of Governor, and the application fee is only $20!

5. Utah Valley University in Orem, UT

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Utah Valley University is known for being one of the safest colleges in America, and it’s home to the largest LDS Church Institute program in the world.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $6,738
Student Retention Rate: 63%

Established in 1941, Utah Valley University’s campus is near the Wasatch Mountains, and students have access to winter sports, hiking, mountain biking, water recreation and more within 20 miles. UVU is the most affordable college within the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE), offering an even more reduced tuition to resident students of the other participating states who have yet to earn a bachelor’s degree. At this 100 percent acceptance rate school, students can choose from 85+ associate/certificate/diploma programs, 65+ bachelor’s degree programs and three graduate programs. Just this year, UVU introduced the College of Health and Public Service (CHPS), which comprises 14 different schools, departments and major programs, including five online degrees. Through the CHPS, students can study forensic science, public service, dental hygiene and more. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, UVU also received the “community engaged” classification from the Carnegie Foundation as a result of its emphasis on “engaged learning” commitment to the surrounding community.

4. California State University, Bakersfield in Bakersfield, CA

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Nearly 75 percent of faculty at CSU Bakersfield hold terminal degrees in their respective fields.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $6,143
Student Retention Rate: 76%

Founded in 1965, California State University-Bakersfield is a comprehensive public university that offers 50+ different bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through its schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Mathematics and Engineering; Social Sciences and Education; and Natural Sciences.The 375-acre campus provides the benefits one might get at a private university, including small class sizes, one-on-one interactions with faculty and cutting-edge research opportunities. CSUB is a NCAA Division I school that enrolled 9,230 full- and part-time students in 2015. It also hosts 11 fraternities and sororities and is home to over 85 students organizations and clubs. The application fee is $55, but this is an incredibly affordable college with the highest acceptance rate.

3. University of Texas-El Paso in El Paso, TX

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UTEP is a member of The University of Texas System and is designated as a Carnegie high-research-activity institution.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $5,713
Student Retention Rate: 73%

Founded in 1914, University of Texas-El Paso is a public research university that enrolls 23,922 students at its 420-acre urban campus and through its flexible online bachelor’s and graduate degree programs. Overall, this easy admissions university offers 72 undergraduate programs, 74 master’s programs and 21 doctoral degree programs. UTEP competes in NCAA Division I-A as a member of Conference-USA, it produces the most Hispanic graduates in Mathematics and Statistics, Engineering, and Education and is No. 1 for enabling students from modest backgrounds to “set and attain the highest educational and life aspirations” by Washington Monthly. Campus has been updated with significant construction and renovation projects, like state-of-the-art facilities for chemistry, computer science, engineering, health sciences and nursing, as well as a major pedestrian-friendly addition. UTEP offers a unique experience to its students because of its location in the world’s largest bi-national metropolitan area.

2. Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, OK

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At Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, 70 percent of 2015 graduates reported that they quickly acquired full-time employment.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $5,204
Student Retention Rate: 45%, according to OSU-OKC’s website

Established in 1961, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City offers one bachelor of technology degree program in emergency responder administration, as well as 17 certificate, 32 AAS and nine AS degree programs, 10 of which are available in fully online formats, including the BT. OSU-OKC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), competes in the Big 12 Conference and enrolls about 6,000 students, 53 percent of whom receive financial aid and 58 percent are taking at least one online course. This affordable university is nonresidential and runs on a 2+2 program, meaning students only work toward a two-year certification, associate’s degree program or the BT if they already have their associate’s. For those planning to transfer to a different bachelor’s degree-granting university, students can ensure specific degree requirements are met by enrolling in an OSU-OKC Cooperative Agreement Program.

1. Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL

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IRSC is so focused on its students’ success, it is one of the nation’s few colleges to earn the designation of Achieving the Dream™ Leader College.

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Acceptance Rate: 100%
Net Cost: $1,235
Student Retention Rate: Unreported, but has a 5% ‘transfer out rate’

Established in 1959, Indian River State College operates on an open door policy, guaranteeing admission to anyone with a high school or high school equivalency diploma. Today, IRSC enrolls 30,000 students and offers over 100 AA, AS, AAS and bachelor of science degree programs, as well as adult education opportunities. This college has an 87-acre main campus and four additional campuses, all of which provide full-service educational facilities in proximity to Florida’s Treasure Coast. IRSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and earned a spot as a ‘Top Three Finalist with Distinction’ for the Aspen Prize for Excellence. Finally, the U.S. Department of Education ranked this college as the third most affordable in 2015.