For high school students, preparing college applications is incredibly stressful and time-consuming. High grades and standardized test scores, numerous extracurricular activities, and well-written application essays are often not enough to receive an acceptance letter to your dream school.

There are many factors that will affect the acceptance or rejection of a college application, so it is important that you apply to backup, or "safety," schools. Of course, a safety school to one person may be a reach school to another, and while some colleges boast about selectivity, others are happy to accept all applicants.

We decided to take a look at which colleges in the United States are the easiest to get into. U.S. News & World Report, a leading provider of service news and information, identified which colleges in the United States have the highest acceptance rates, based on data from the fall 2014 entering class.

So, if you're hoping to receive that letter of congratulations in the mail, check out one of these 25 colleges. When you're done, make sure to also check out The 25 Toughest U.S. Colleges to Get Into.

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Cameron University
Lawton, OK

Acceptance Rate: 99.6%

Established in 1908, Cameron University was originally created as one of Oklahoma's six agricultural high schools, but added college courses in 1927. Today, Cameron offers two- and four-year undergraduate programs as well as graduate programs.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho
Rexburg, ID

Acceptance Rate: 99.6%

BYU - Idaho is a private, four-year university that was established in 1888 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Students of the University come from all 50 states and almost 80 countries.

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Montana State University - Billings
Billings, MT

Acceptance Rate: 99.7%

MSU Billings, founded in 1927, is made up of five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Allied Health professions, Education, and City College. Students at the University can find a number of opportunities to enhance their studies, such as internships and civic engagement, in the town of Billings.

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Wilmington University
New Castle, DE

Acceptance Rate: 99.9%

Established in 1968, Wilmington offers a variety of day, evening, and weekend classes that serve students of varying interests and ages. The University "is committed to excellence in teaching, relevancy of the curriculum, and individual attention to students."

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Utah Valley University
Orem, UT

Acceptance Rate: 99.9%

Now the largest university in Utah, UVU was established in 1941 to provide war production training. Today, the University's mission is "to prepare students for successful careers or advanced study in a dynamic, technology-based, global environment."

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University of Texas - El Paso
El Paso, TX

Acceptance Rate: 99.9%

Founded in 1914, UTEP is a public, research, Ph.D.-granting institution with a high population of Mexican-American students. It was the first Southern college to integrate its intercollegiate sports programs in the United States.

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Western International University
Tempe, AZ

Acceptance Rate: 100%

In 1978, Western International University was created as a place for adults to receive quality secondary education and in 2013, more than 89% of its students attended online courses. West's mission is to "[provide] a broad educational foundation, including a focus on business and technology, designed to prepare students for leadership positions in a dynamic, global marketplace."

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Weber State University
Ogden, UT

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Founded in 1889, Weber offers hybrid courses, distance learning, independent study, evening classes, and online courses to its students. The University offers more than 250 undergraduate degree programs and 11 graduate degree programs.

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Wayne State College
Wayne, NE

Acceptance Rate: 100%

WSC was established in 1910, and is a four-year public college "devoted to freedom of inquiry, excellence in teaching and learning, and regional service and development." The College offers over 90 undergraduate programs and four graduate programs, and provides numerous opportunities for hands-on teaching experience.

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University of Pikeville
Pikeville, KY

Acceptance Rate: 100%

At UPike, which was founded in 1889 by Presbyterians, 98% of the students receive financial aid and come from 42 states and 24 countries. Students can participate in 20 sports, as the University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and mainly competes in the Mid-South Conference (MSC).

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University of Maryland University College
Adelphi, MD

Acceptance Rate: 100%

UMUC, which was established in 1947, enrolled more students from around the world in 2013 than any other four-year, degree-granting public university in the U.S. The University follows seven core values: students first, accountability, diversity, integrity, excellence, innovation, and respect.

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe, NM

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Founded in 2009, SFUAD is a private for-profit, accredited four-year university with a focus on film, theater, and other art subjects. Its mission is "to prepare talented students around the world for successful careers as creative professionals in the fields of art, design, entrepreneurship, and innovation."

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN

Acceptance Rate: 100%

SMWC is a coeducational Catholic, liberal arts college that was founded in 1840. The College was granted the first charter in Indiana for the higher education of women, and in 2005 opened its doors to men, as well.

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Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK

Acceptance Rate: 100%

OSU-OKC was established in 1961 and believes in six pillars of student success: academic excellence, leadership development, service and civic engagement, finding purpose, broadening horizons, and wellness. The University's mission is to "enhance student success by offering a wide range of opportunities to develop socially, personally and professionally through an enhanced collegiate experience."

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New Mexico Highlands University
Las Vegas, NM

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Established in 1893, NMHU offers programs in arts and sciences, business, education, and social work for graduate and undergraduate students. As the majority of the University's students are from New Mexico and are Latino, many of the programs celebrate New Mexico's Latino and American Indian cultures.

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Montana State University - Northern
Havre, MT

Acceptance Rate: 100%

MSU Northern was established in 1929 and has over 40 majors and over 30 minors for students to choose from. The University's mission is that it "will be known for its supportive, student-centered environment in which a unique mix of academic programs are responsive to local, regional, and state workforce needs, offered in an atmosphere that promotes student success."

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Metropolitan State University
St. Paul, MN

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Metropolitan State was founded in 1971 and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The University mainly serves working adults who wish to earn their bachelor's degrees.

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Indian River State College
Fort Pierce, FL

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Established in 1959, Indian River State College was named one of the ten best community colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute. In 2007, the College transitioned from a two-year to a four-year institution.

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Granite State College
Concord, NH

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Granite State College is one of the four institutions of New Hampshire's public university system, and was established in 1972. Its mission is to "expand access to public higher education to adults of all ages throughout the state of New Hampshire" (on average, students are 34 years old (undergrad), 37 years old (post-bacc), and 40 years old (graduate), with 24% of students ages 18 to 24).

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Dixie State University
Saint George, UT

Acceptance Rate: 100%

DSU was founded as a college in 1911 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and became a university in 2013. The University offers over 150 academic programs and competes in Division II NCAA (a full member of the Pacific West Conference and a football-only member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference).

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CUNY - College of Staten Island
Staten Island, NY

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Established in 1956, the College of Staten Island is one of the eleven City University of New York public, four-year senior colleges. CSI's 204-acre campus is the largest site for a college in New York City, and is one of seven colleges that participates in the highly competitive Macaulay Honors College of CUNY.

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City University of Seattle
Seattle, WA

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Established in 1973, CityU is made up of the School of Management, Albright School of Education, the Division of Arts/Sciences and Management Institute. Its mission is to "change lives for good by offering high quality and relevant lifelong education to anyone with the desire to learn."

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Boston Architectural College
Boston, MA

Acceptance Rate: 100%

The BAC, which was established in 1889, is the largest private college of spatial design in New England. It operates a gallery at the corner of Newbury Street and Hereford that is open to the public for free.

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Bismarck State College
Bismarck, ND

Acceptance Rate: 100%

Created in 1939, Bismarck State College was the first two-year city college in North Dakota. There are now two- and four-year programs available at BSC, and its mission is to "[offer] high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities."

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Academy of Art University
San Francisco, CA

Acceptance Rate: 100%

The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929, and is a privately owned for-profit art school with accreditation from NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). The University has been offering online arts education since 2002, and each year holds over 70 student and alumni art shows and gallery exhibitions in San Francisco.


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