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
#141 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

selective 65.8% 1050-1250 2
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

selective 87.9% 980-1240 2
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

selective 77.6% 22-28
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, NJ

selective 63.7% 1020-1260
#150 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. University of Mississippi

University, MS

selective 61.1% 21-27 2
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

selective 66.5% 1010-1220 9
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

selective 31.3% 980-1200
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Alabama—​Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

selective 73.4% 21-27
#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

selective 76.9% 990-1180
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Hawaii—​Manoa

Honolulu, HI

selective 81.2% 980-1190
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Maryland—​Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

selective 60.4% 1130-1320
#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. University of Massachusetts—​Lowell

Lowell, MA

selective 65.8% 1020-1230

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