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
#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

selective 51.3% 1050-1270
#68 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

selective 61.3% 1060-1300
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​New Brunswick

Piscataway, NJ

selective 60.9% 1080-1310
#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

more selective 49.5% 25-30
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

selective 70.6% 23-28
#73 Overall Score: 54 out of 100. University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

selective 78.4% 22-28 3
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Baylor University

Waco, TX

more selective 60.7% 24-29
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Clark University

Worcester, MA

selective 70.1% 1060-1280 2
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

selective 74.4% 1050-1280
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

more selective 55.2% 24-29
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

more selective 72.8% 24-29
#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. University of Delaware

Newark, DE

selective 56.6% 1100-1310
#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
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

selective 74.9% 1120-1320
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

selective 81.5% 23-28
#97 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

selective 77.9% 990-1200
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Iowa State University

Ames, IA

selective 82.5% 22-28
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

more selective 81.2% 25-29
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

more selective 63.7% 25-30
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

selective 92.3% 22-28
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Nebraska—​Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

selective 64.4% 22-29
#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

selective 79.1% 23-29
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. University at Buffalo—​SUNY

Buffalo, NY

selective 56.9% 1050-1250
#109 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

selective 74.2% 991-1224 3
#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
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

selective 84.4% 1000-1200
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University at Albany—​SUNY

Albany, NY

selective 55.5% 1010-1190
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

selective 63.5% 23-28
#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. University of Illinois—​Chicago

Chicago, IL

selective 63.9% 21-26

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