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
#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
#37 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Roger Williams University

Bristol, RI

selective 77.1% 1000-1180 9
#43 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. CUNY—​Queens College

Flushing, NY

selective 37.0% 1030-1200
#43 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

selective 69.7% 1030-1200 2
#48 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

selective 56.6% 1000-1200
#48 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. CUNY—​Hunter College

New York, NY

selective 29.7% 1060-1260
#54 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Emmanuel College

Boston, MA

selective 50.0% 1010-1200
#54 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Towson University

Towson, MD

selective 52.2% 990-1180
#66 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

selective 52.7% 1070-1230 2
#69 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. CUNY—​Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY

selective 32.0% 1000-1200
#69 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. SUNY College—​Cortland

Cortland, NY

selective 44.5% 1010-1190 3
#69 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. SUNY—​Oswego

Oswego, NY

selective 48.4% 1060-1200 3
#74 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Endicott College

Beverly, MA

selective 63.4% 980-1160
#74 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Norwich University

Northfield, VT

selective 64.8% 980-1180
#74 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA

selective 49.9% 990-1160
#81 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. SUNY—​Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

selective 45.6% 980-1170 3

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