Since I have posted about the top 20 online colleges, and we found out that these rankings are based on several criteria and metrics, my attention was caught by some of the metrics which I think deserves to be discussed separately because of their significance in choosing the right university for each one of us. Some of us may want to study in a university that not everybody can study because of its strict screening that often implies reputation or prestige.
One of the interesting metrics for me is the Acceptance Rate. Why? Because this is the one which reflects the selectivity of online university. We have a connotation that quality colleges are selective on the students they are accepting. We are aware that schools with above average standards are those who strictly screened their students.
The OED obtained the data used for this ranking at the College Opportunities Online Locator database from the Institute of Education Sciences, a sub-agency of the US Department of Education. However, the data used for this ranking was from the Fall 2005 entering undergraduate class.
Here are the top online universities based on Acceptance Rate:
Name of School Acceptance Rate
- Grand Canyon University 33.2%
- Colorado Technical University 35.6%
- American InterContinental University 46.3%
- Westwood College 48.0%
- Jones International University 58.6%
- Post University 62.4%
- Fisher College 66.6%
- Florida Metropolitan University 68.6%
- Western International University 77.7%
- Capella University 87.2%
- South University 92.0%
- Bellevue University 100.0%
- Central Texas College 100.0%
- City University 100.0%
- Granite State College 100.0%
- Northcentral University 100.0%
- Strayer University 100.0%
- University of Maryland University 100.0%
- University of Phoenix 100.0%
- Western Governors University 100.0%
Disclaimer: Not all online universities have data or submitted figures for the said criteria, the results are based on the data obtained on the College Opportunities Online Locator (COOL) database from the Institute of Education Sciences, a sub-agency of the US Department of Education.