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
#38 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

more selective 58.8% 1170-1350 2
#41 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

more selective 45.8% 1080-1340
#45 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

more selective 41.9% 1120-1340
#52 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Furman University

Greenville, SC

selective 77.5% 1110-1310 2
#54 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

more selective 61.5% 24-30
#56 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

more selective 48.2% 1130-1310 2
#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

selective 67.0% 1040-1275
#59 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Beloit College

Beloit, WI

more selective 67.1% 24-30
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

selective 53.1% 1135-1310 2
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Willamette University

Salem, OR

selective 60.4% 1120-1340
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

more selective 58.1% 25-30
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

selective 60.5% 1080-1310
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

selective 46.3% 1050-1240
#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Wheaton College

Norton, MA

more selective 64.3% 1120-1320 2
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Berea College

Berea, KY

more selective 31.8% 22-27
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

more selective 63.4% 25-30 2
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. John's University

Collegeville, MN

selective 74.8% 23-28
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

more selective 84.8% 23-28
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

more selective 84.9% 24-30
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

selective 82.7% 1150-1348
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

selective 63.3% 1100-1300
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Austin College

Sherman, TX

more selective 59.1% 1130-1330
#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

more selective 54.8% 23-29
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

selective 62.0% 1030-1290 2
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

selective 72.0% 1110-1320
#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

selective 78.0% 1050-1250 2

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