A-plus Schools for B Students

Regional Universities (North)

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
#2 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Providence College

Providence, RI

more selective 61.0% 1050-1270 2
#3 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

selective 71.2% 1080-1250 9
#5 Overall Score: 81 out of 100. Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

selective 64.7% 1085-1260 2
#7 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

selective 58.5% 1110-1330
#8 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

selective 64.9% 1050-1270 2
#8 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

selective 68.8% 1040-1220
#10 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

selective 31.4% 1080-1260 9
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Emerson College

Boston, MA

more selective 48.4% 1150-1330
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

selective 68.7% 1030-1180 3
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. St. Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

selective 78.3% 1020-1220

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