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
#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
#51 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

selective 52.0% 1070-1240
#55 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Columbia International University

Columbia, SC

selective 64.4% 980-1230
#55 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA

selective 56.3% 1010-1200
#69 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

selective 56.5% 990-1170
#89 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta, GA

selective 79.0% 1040-1235

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