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
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Stony Brook University—​SUNY

Stony Brook, NY

more selective 40.1% 1130-1340
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

more selective 40.9% 25-30
#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

selective 76.7% 1090-1290
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

selective 50.7% 1100-1270
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

more selective 53.1% 22-30
#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

selective 83.6% 24-29
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

more selective 77.2% 24-30
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

more selective 53.7% 25-29
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Denver

Denver, CO

more selective 67.6% 25-30
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

Amherst, MA

selective 62.6% 1090-1290
#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

more selective 42.6% 1120-1320

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