A-plus Schools for B Students

Regional Universities (South)

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
#13 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Union University

Jackson, TN

more selective 75.0% 22-29
#13 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

selective 76.8% 1030-1230
#15 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

selective 54.2% 1100-1250
#16 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

selective 86.1% 22-27
#16 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

selective 47.5% 21-26
#18 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

selective 64.6% 1070-1240 2
#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

selective 52.2% 22-28
#22 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Harding University

Searcy, AR

selective 74.7% 22-28 3
#24 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

selective 48.3% 21-27
#36 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

selective 39.7% 20-26

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