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
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

selective 58.7% 1070-1260 2
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

selective 99.0% 21-27 2
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Louisiana State University—​Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

selective 76.2% 23-28
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. New School

New York, NY

selective 65.0% 980-1245 2
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Ohio University

Athens, OH

selective 77.7% 21-26
#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

selective 67.1% 22-27
#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
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Maryville University of St. Louis

St Louis, MO

selective 71.3% 23-27
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

selective 64.3% 1020-1210
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

selective 65.7% 20-26
#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

selective 76.3% 22-28
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

selective 59.1% 1040-1250 3
#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

selective 60.2% 1000-1210
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

selective 46.2% 1080-1280
#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

selective 43.2% 1070-1270
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

selective 52.3% 980-1210
#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. Pace University

New York, NY

selective 76.8% 990-1190 3
#177 Overall Score: 31 out of 100. Biola University

La Mirada, CA

selective 74.7% 990-1230
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI

selective 37.5% 20-26
#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. University of Alabama—​Huntsville

Huntsville, AL

selective 77.7% 22-29
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

selective 63.8% 20-25
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Edgewood College

Madison, WI

selective 73.2% 20-24
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

selective 70.8% 21-27
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND

selective 83.6% 20-26 3
#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. University of Houston

Houston, TX

selective 56.2% 1020-1240
#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

selective 68.5% 980-1160

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