Open Admission (4-year) Colleges

Posted by Gerrin T. Alexander

August 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM


Open admission colleges are public or private [independent, liberal arts, religious, etc.] that offer admission to all students provided that they have a high school diploma or GED. Yes, that means they have a 100% acceptance rate. However, many open admission colleges still require placement tests, so study for the ACT and SAT using Prepmedians because learning is worth laughing for!


With lower admission requirements, it is probably easier to display proficiency (through GPA) in more demanding subjects. Why? Because you’re not competing against as many gifted students as you would be at a selective school. This means that you’ll be able to maintain a higher GPA, and we all know that a higher college GPA increases your chances of getting admitted to professional or graduate schools and jobs after graduation.

Furthermore, the overall face-value cost of open admission colleges are significantly lower than those of more selective institutions. I’m serious, look it up if you’re skeptical because I’m trying to keep this article short. So, if finances seem to be an issue for you to continue your education, consider an open admission college. Unless you’re planning to attend a selective college that has really good financial aid. And I mean REALLY good!

Open admission colleges offer a more diverse pool of students. For example, there are older students that decided to go back to school and pursue a degree, and part-time students (with a full-time job or a family they’re providing for). If there’s anything I learned from college so far, it’s that part of my education from this experience is outside of the classroom. I am constantly learning from people of various backgrounds and perspectives on life. Check out my article “Building Social Skills” to learn the tips and tricks needed to succeed in interacting socially with others.

List of Open Admission (4-year) Colleges

State City School Public or Private
AL Orange Beach Columbia Southern University Private
AL Florence Heritage Christian University Private
CA San Francisco Academy of Art University Private
CA San Diego Coleman University Private
CA San Dimas Life Pacific College Private
CA La Jolla National University Private
CA Fremont Northwestern Polytechnic University Private
CT Cromwell Holy Apostles College and Seminary Private
DC Washington University of the Potomac Private
ID Boise Boise Bible College Private
ID Lewiston Lewis-Clark State College Public
KY Pikeville University of Pikeville Private
MA Boston Boston Architectural College Private
MD Adelphi University of Maryland University College Public
MI Auburn Hills Baker College of Auburn Hills Private
MI Cadillac Baker College of Cadillac Private
MI Clinton Township Baker College of Clinton Township Private
MI Flint Baker College of Flint Private
MI Jackson Baker College of Jackson Private
MI Muskegon Baker College of Muskegon Private
MI Owosso Baker of College of Owosso Private
MI Port Huron Baker of College of Port Huron Private
MN St. Paul Metropolitan State University Public
MO St. Joseph Missouri Western State University Public
MO St. Louis Harris-Stowe State University Public
NE Wayne Wayne State College Public
NH Concord Granite State College Public
NM Las Vegas New Mexico Highlands University Public
NM Santa Fe Santa Fe University of Art and Design Private
NM Silver City Western New Mexico University Public
NY Brooklyn Medgar Evers College Public
OH Ironton Ohio University Southern Public
OK Lawton Cameron University Public
OK Goodwell Oklahoma Panhandle State University Public
TX Arlington Arlington Baptist College Private
TX Fort Worth Fisher More College Private
TX El Paso University of Texas at El Paso Public
TX Hawkins Jarvis Christian College Private
UT St. George Dixie State College Public
UT Orem Utah Valley University Public
UT Ogden Weber State University Public
WA Bellevue City University of Seattle Private


Research the colleges to make sure you attend the college that is best for you because at the end of the day, you’re the one attending the school.

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Posted by Gerrin T. Alexander

Gerrin scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT in high school and is currently studying Economics and Public Policy at The University of Chicago. Fun fact: She has done the #wopchallenge on nearly every corner of the campus, including the quad.