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
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Elon University

Elon, NC

selective 51.7% 1130-1320
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

selective 55.8% 1090-1280 2
#3 Overall Score: 90 out of 100. Samford University

Birmingham, AL

selective 75.5% 23-29
#5 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Stetson University

DeLand, FL

selective 60.4% 1055-1260 2
#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

selective 63.6% 1050-1250
#7 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Belmont University

Nashville, TN

selective 84.1% 24-29
#8 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Mercer University

Macon, GA

selective 63.1% 1070-1270
#9 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

selective 63.2% 1060-1240
#9 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

selective 65.6% 22-27
#12 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

selective 67.7% 1110-1300 3

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