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
#14 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

selective 62.0% 1050-1240 2
#16 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Simmons College

Boston, MA

selective 48.3% 1040-1250 3
#18 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

selective 62.0% 990-1210
#20 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Mount St. Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD

selective 55.5% 1010-1200
#22 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. CUNY—​Baruch College

New York, NY

more selective 24.8% 1120-1320
#24 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Wagner College

Staten Island, NY

selective 71.9% 1050-1270 2
#27 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

selective 73.9% 990-1190 3
#27 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Nazareth College

Rochester, NY

selective 71.2% 1020-1240 2
#30 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Assumption College

Worcester, MA

selective 75.3% 1020-1190 2
#33 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, NJ

selective 46.6% 1000-1210
#33 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

selective 76.3% 1010-1180 2
#33 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. SUNY—​New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

selective 43.6% 1030-1220

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