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
#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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