A-plus Schools for B Students

Regional Universities (Midwest)

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.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

U.S. News rank School Selectivity Fall 2012 acceptance rate SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Creighton University

Omaha, NE

more selective 78.2% 24-29
#2 Overall Score: 96 out of 100. Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

more selective 65.9% 25-30
#3 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Drake University

Des Moines, IA

more selective 65.9% 24-29
#4 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

selective 67.7% 23-28
#5 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. Bradley University

Peoria, IL

more selective 63.3% 23-28
#6 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

more selective 79.6% 23-29
#7 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

selective 81.5% 22-27
#8 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Drury University

Springfield, MO

selective 82.5% 22-28
#9 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

selective 80.1% 1010-1250
#10 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

more selective 73.7% 24-29
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

selective 68.1% 21-26
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

selective 70.0% 21-27
#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Dominican University

River Forest, IL

selective 57.1% 20-24
#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. North Central College

Naperville, IL

selective 60.2% 22-27
#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN

selective 58.7% 22-26
#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

selective 77.5% 21-25
#17 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, OH

selective 70.0% 20-27 2
#17 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, IN

selective 66.3% 21-26
#17 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

selective 75.5% 21-26
#20 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO

selective 78.5% 23-28
#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

selective 93.1% 22-28
#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Webster University

St. Louis, MO

selective 59.1% 21-27
#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

selective 61.5% 22-28
#26 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Augsburg College

Minneapolis, MN

selective 65.1% 20-25 3
#26 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. University of Wisconsin—​La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

selective 71.0% 23-28
#28 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Franciscan University of Steubenville

Steubenville, OH

selective 76.1% 22-29
#30 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI

selective 81.6% 21-26
#30 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. St. Ambrose University

Davenport, IA

selective 73.2% 20-26
#30 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. University of Wisconsin—​Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI

selective 76.3% 22-26
#33 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, MN

selective 78.3% 21-26
#34 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

selective 55.9% 20-25
#35 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Capital University

Columbus, OH

selective 74.9% 21-27 3
#36 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. University of Michigan—​Dearborn

Dearborn, MI

selective 60.5% 21-27
#38 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

selective 78.2% 21-26
#38 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. University of St. Francis

Joliet, IL

selective 51.6% 21-25
#42 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. University of Minnesota—​Duluth

Duluth, MN

selective 77.7% 22-26 3
#42 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. University of Wisconsin—​Stevens Point

Stevens Point, WI

selective 74.7% 21-25
#48 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. University of Nebraska—​Kearney

Kearney, NE

selective 85.3% 20-25
#51 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Concordia University

Seward, NE

selective 76.1% 21-26
#53 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Lawrence Technological University

Southfield, MI

selective 43.7% 22-28
#57 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, MI

selective 69.1% 21-26
#62 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Baker University

Baldwin City, KS

selective 84.3% 21-26
#62 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. University of Findlay

Findlay, OH

selective 68.3% 20-26 3
#68 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Concordia University Wisconsin

Mequon, WI

selective 70.2% 20-25 3
#68 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Missouri State University

Springfield, MO

selective 83.3% 21-26

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