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
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

more selective 55.2% 24-29
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

selective 60.6% 1100-1290
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

selective 86.7% 23-28
#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

more selective 37.8% 1070-1340
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

selective 76.6% 24-29
#117 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

selective 69.2% 1040-1250
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

selective 76.9% 983-1230 2
#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

more selective 67.3% 23-28
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

selective 76.1% 1060-1270
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

selective 74.7% 22-27
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. DePaul University

Chicago, IL

selective 62.3% 23-28 2
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

selective 74.7% 1040-1200
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

selective 67.2% 1010-1210 3
#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

selective 82.6% 21-27

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