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
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Central College

Pella, IA

selective 65.4% 21-26
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Randolph-​Macon College

Ashland, VA

selective 54.0% 990-1190 3
#134 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

selective 80.4% 22-27
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Concordia College—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

selective 77.7% 22-27
#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Gordon College

Wenham, MA

selective 40.3% 1016-1288 3
#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Houghton College

Houghton, NY

selective 73.4% 1040-1260
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

selective 82.2% 21-26
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

selective 79.0% 23-28
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Asheville

Asheville, NC

selective 63.8% 1100-1290
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

selective 70.4% 21-26 3
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Westminster College

Fulton, MO

selective 71.9% 21-27
#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

selective 60.9% 22-28 2
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Simpson College

Indianola, IA

selective 88.7% 21-27 3
#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

selective 60.0% 23-28
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Doane College

Crete, NE

selective 76.5% 21-26
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Hiram College

Hiram, OH

selective 61.9% 20-25
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

selective 58.1% 20-26 2
#156 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

selective 73.2% 1000-1220
#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

selective 84.7% 1020-1220 2
#165 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA

selective 82.7% 1040-1230
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

selective 70.1% 22-27
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

selective 64.9% 22-27
#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

selective 69.1% 21-28

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