A-plus Schools for B Students

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A-plus Schools for B Students Methodology

If you're a good student with less than stellar test scores or a so-so GPA, these are the schools for you. These colleges, which have strong ratings in the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, accept a significant number of students with nonstratospheric transcripts.

U.S. News rank School Selectivity Fall 2012 acceptance rate SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

more selective 76.7% 23-29
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Luther College

Decorah, IA

selective 70.2% 23-28
#94 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

selective 66.0% 1080-1310
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

more selective 52.9% 24-30
#97 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

selective 40.8% 1040-1230 2
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Albion College

Albion, MI

selective 70.2% 22-27
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

selective 68.8% 23-28 9
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI

more selective 75.6% 24-30 2
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Hope College

Holland, MI

selective 85.1% 23-29
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

selective 66.4% 1050-1285 2
#100 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

more selective 73.6% 23-28
#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Washington College

Chestertown, MD

selective 66.4% 1070-1250
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

selective 71.7% 990-1260 2
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

selective 63.7% 1140-1350 2
#110 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

more selective 56.9% 23-28 2
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Birmingham-​Southern College

Birmingham, AL

selective 80.6% 23-29
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Hanover College

Hanover, IN

selective 63.9% 990-1220
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Stonehill College

Easton, MA

selective 79.9% 1050-1250 2
#115 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

selective 75.5% 1020-1210 2
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

selective 66.7% 23-28
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Ripon College

Ripon, WI

selective 77.5% 21-27
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

selective 74.7% 1030-1210 2
#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Wittenberg University

Springfield, OH

selective 91.2% 23-28 2
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Alma College

Alma, MI

selective 71.9% 21-26
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

selective 66.1% 1040-1250
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

selective 64.1% 990-1220 3
#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Siena College

Loudonville, NY

selective 57.5% 1020-1220

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