Best Value Schools

Regional Universities (South)

Best Value Schools Methodology

Which colleges and universities offer students the best value? The calculation used here takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2012-2013 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

Rank School Percent receiving need-based grants Average cost after receiving grants based on need
#1 William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

90.0% $15,410
#2 Mercer University

Macon, GA

72.1% $23,486
#3 Harding University

Searcy, AR

56.1% $17,026
#4 Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

56.2% $28,098
#5 Stetson University

DeLand, FL

74.9% $26,204
#6 Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

88.9% $21,510
#7 Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

69.0% $24,563
#8 Wingate University

Wingate, NC

82.2% $17,600
#9 Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

78.6% $20,564
#10 Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

21.9% $20,829
#11 Samford University

Birmingham, AL

42.1% $25,706
#12 The Citadel

Charleston, SC

40.0% $26,427
#13 Elon University

Elon, NC

31.5% $28,332
#14 Columbia College

Columbia, SC

92.0% $19,929
#15 Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC

21.0% $14,109

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