Average Community College Acceptance Rate
- The national average community college acceptance rate is 78% (2020).
- For public community colleges, the average acceptance rate is approximately 83%. For private community colleges, the average acceptance rate is approximately 74%.
Average Community College Acceptance Rate (2020)
StateAcceptance Rate Most Selective Colleges
Concordia College Alabama (53%)Marion Military Institute (61%)Remington College-Mobile Campus (81%)Herzing University-Birmingham (100%)Bishop State Community College (100%)Top AL Schools
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (56%)University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton (62%)Remington College-Little Rock Campus (69%)Arkansas State University Mid-South (100%)Rich Mountain Community College (100%)Top AR Schools
American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Los Angeles (20%)American University of Health Sciences (50%)Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles (52%)Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco (54%)West Coast University-Los Angeles (54%)Top CA Schools
Concorde Career College-Aurora (57%)DeVry University-Colorado (69%)Bel-Rea Institute Of Animal Technology (81%)Johnson & Wales University-Denver (82%)Arapahoe Community College (100%)Top CO Schools
St Vincent's College (38%)University of Connecticut-Stamford (57%)University of Connecticut-Avery Point (64%)University of Connecticut-Tri-Campus (66%)Mitchell College (70%)Top CT Schools
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale (49%)Southeastern College (61%)Johnson & Wales University-North Miami (70%)Florida College (77%)Everglades University (86%)Top FL Schools
Clayton State University (42%)Andrew College (46%)Gordon State College (48%)Young Harris College (50%)Georgia Perimeter College (51%)Top GA Schools
Robert Morris University Illinois (24%)Lincoln College (56%)Fox College (67%)Kendall College (84%)Midstate College (88%)Top IL Schools
International Business College-Indianapolis (51%)Purdue University-North Central Campus (73%)Harrison College-Muncie (78%)International Business College-Fort Wayne (78%)Holy Cross College (93%)Top IN Schools
Louisiana State University-Alexandria (55%)Remington College-Lafayette Campus (74%)Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus (77%)Remington College-Shreveport Campus (79%)Northwest Louisiana Technical College-Mansfield Campus (100%)Top LA Schools
Bay State College (50%)Becker College (62%)Bay Path University (63%)Dean College (68%)Lasell University (70%)Top MA Schools
Rochester College (41%)Finlandia University (45%)DeVry University-Michigan (70%)Kirtland Community College (100%)Schoolcraft College (100%)Top MI Schools
University of Minnesota-Rochester (54%)McNally Smith College of Music (65%)Dunwoody College of Technology (76%)Herzing University-Minneapolis (77%)Bethany Lutheran College (78%)Top MN Schools
Cox College (55%)Cottey College (71%)St Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton (79%)Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences (81%)East Central College (95%)Top MO Schools
Carolinas College of Health Sciences (17%)Louisburg College (42%)Brevard College (43%)William Peace University (63%)Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (69%)Top NC Schools
Maria College of Albany (16%)Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing (18%)Crouse Hospital College of Nursing (25%)Plaza College (30%)Belanger School of Nursing (42%)Top NY Schools
AIC College of Design (60%)The modern college of design (66%)Remington College-Cleveland Campus (73%)ATS Institute of Technology (75%)The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences (76%)Top OH Schools
Randall University (53%)St. Gregory's University (53%)Bacone College (72%)Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology (77%)Rogers State University (77%)Top OK Schools
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (24%)Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (36%)Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (42%)Johnson College (43%)Manor College (45%)Top PA Schools
University of Puerto Rico-Utuado (40%)EDP Univeristy of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan (76%)National University College-Arecibo (77%)University of Puerto Rico-Carolina (79%)EDIC College (80%)Top PR Schools
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie (53%)University of South Carolina-Beaufort (57%)University of South Carolina-Sumter (58%)University of South Carolina-Lancaster (64%)Spartanburg Methodist College (66%)Top SC Schools
Watkins College of Art Design & Film (26%)Hiwassee College (46%)Nossi College of Art (50%)Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (54%)Aquinas College (61%)Top TN Schools
Vet Tech Institute of Houston (43%)Trinity University (44%)Center for Advanced Legal Studies (50%)Remington College-Dallas Campus (67%)Remington College-Houston Campus (69%)Top TX Schools
Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary (53%)ECPI University (72%)ECPI University (84%)Advanced Technology Institute (90%)Stratford University (100%)Top VA Schools
We look at why millions of Americans are choosing community college over a traditional four-year school today.
Many students enroll in community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year school. Of those who do, many succeed, and yet traditional colleges and universities continue to overlook them. Read on to learn more about why more community college students don’t transfer schools and to receive some tips for making the transfer yourself.
Community college is the only option for many students who either can’t afford a traditional four-year university or who need a more flexible school environment. Just because community college is different, however, doesn’t mean that its students matter any less. The Aspen Prize exists to encourage community colleges to do more for their students and to continually strive for improvement.