Regional University South Rankings

Regional University South Methodology

Regional Universities offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs. Regional Universities include Providence College, Elon University, Creighton University and Santa Clara University.

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

Tuition and fees:
$30,149 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,357
Setting:
suburban
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100.

Elon University

Elon, NC

A private institution, Elon University was founded in 1889. Elon University offers a Greek system, where 38 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 22 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$41,460 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,884
Setting:
suburban
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100.

Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

Rollins College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,884, with a gender distribution of 40.6 percent male students and 59.4 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$26,328 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,965
Setting:
suburban
#3 Overall Score: 90 out of 100.

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

A Christian school in Birmingham, Ala., Samford University is the largest private university in Alabama. Many students at Samford participate in school traditions, such as the Miss Samford pageant.

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,237 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$31,038 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,629
Setting:
city
#4 Overall Score: 88 out of 100.

The Citadel

Charleston, SC

The Citadel is the Military College of South Carolina, situated just a few miles from downtown Charleston. Students who enroll at The Citadel become members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, so much of student life, from the strict rules to the varsity rifle team, has a military feel.

Tuition and fees:
$38,330 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,516
Setting:
suburban
#5 Overall Score: 87 out of 100.

Stetson University

DeLand, FL

Stetson University is a small, private school that’s just a half hour drive from Daytona Beach, Fla. Founded in 1883, SU was the first college in Florida to admit women into its law school and the first private school in the state to enroll African-American students.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,176 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,654 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,107
Setting:
city
#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100.

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

A public institution, James Madison University was founded in 1908. James Madison University offers a Greek system, where 12 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 10 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$27,380 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,289
Setting:
urban
#7 Overall Score: 83 out of 100.

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

A private, Christian school, Belmont University offers its students more than 75 undergraduate degrees to study and many organizations to join, including Greek life and student goverment. With Nashville just around the corner, many students take advantage of entertainment programs and events in the area.

Tuition and fees:
$33,120 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,423
Setting:
city
#8 Overall Score: 82 out of 100.

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Located in central Georgia, Mercer University is a private school that offers a variety of degrees for both undergraduate and graduate students. Outside of the classroom, students celebrate the university’s history by participating in several traditions, such as the climbing and signing of the school’s tallest building.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,462 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,670 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,712
Setting:
rural
#9 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

Appalachian State University is a public school tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Students at Appalachian have many programs, sports, and clubs to choose from, including the Appalachian Popular Programming Society, which plans campus events.
 

Tuition and fees:
$36,610 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,200
Setting:
suburban
#9 Overall Score: 79 out of 100.

As a Jesuit school, Loyola University New Orleans encourages its students to give back to their communities through several different volunteer organizations and events. Loyola also offers dozens of recreational activities, including Division I sports teams.

Tuition and fees:
$31,334 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,534
Setting:
city
#11 Overall Score: 78 out of 100.

Situated in Daytona Beach, Fla., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private school designed for students who want to work in the world of aviation and aerospace. Embry-Riddle has graduated numerous airmen, astronauts, and engineers, including the first African-American female pilot to fly for a commercial airline.
 

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,670 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$27,134 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,506
Setting:
city
#12 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

The College of Charleston is a liberal arts school in South Carolina with a student body population that’s more than 60 percent female. The school’s scenic campus has been featured in films including The Notebook and The Patriot.

Tuition and fees:
$26,880 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,829
Setting:
city
#13 Overall Score: 75 out of 100.

Union University

Jackson, TN

Founded in 1823, Union University is a private institution. Union University follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,660 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,530 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,515
Setting:
suburban
#13 Overall Score: 75 out of 100.

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington is a public institution that was founded in 1908. The school has 46.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Mary Washington is 14:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,199 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,301 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
12,348
Setting:
city
#15 Overall Score: 72 out of 100.

University of North Carolina--Wilmington was established in 1947 as a public institution. University of North Carolina--Wilmington follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$34,890 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,730
Setting:
city
#16 Overall Score: 71 out of 100.

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

A private institution, Bellarmine University was founded in 1950. Bellarmine University offers a Greek system, where 1 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 1 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$30,924 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,202
Setting:
suburban
#16 Overall Score: 71 out of 100.

Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

Spring Hill College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,202, with a gender distribution of 39.3 percent male students and 60.7 percent female students. At this school, 80 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 20 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$11,092 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,596 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,046
Setting:
suburban
#18 Overall Score: 68 out of 100.

Founded in 1960, Christopher Newport University is a public institution. Christopher Newport University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$29,750 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,869
Setting:
urban
#18 Overall Score: 68 out of 100.

Queens University of Charlotte is a private institution that was founded in 1857. The school has 68.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Queens University of Charlotte is 13:1.

Tuition and fees:
$29,124 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
690
Setting:
city
#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100.

Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

Converse College was established in 1889 as a private institution. Converse College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$26,094 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,740
Setting:
urban
#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100.

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

A private institution, Lipscomb University was founded in 1891. Lipscomb University offers a Greek system, where 13 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 12 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$16,120 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,300
Setting:
suburban
#22 Overall Score: 65 out of 100.

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,300, with a gender distribution of 46.4 percent male students and 53.6 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$25,772 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,143
Setting:
urban
#22 Overall Score: 65 out of 100.

The campus of the University of Tampa is just two blocks away from downtown Tampa. Students can enroll in programs including Leadership and Sailing to strengthen their team-building skills.

Tuition and fees:
$28,210 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,237
Setting:
urban
#24 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

Christian Brothers University is a private institution that was founded in 1871. The school has 75.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Christian Brothers University is 11:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,840 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,600 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
8,891
Setting:
rural
#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

Murray State University was established in 1922 as a public institution. Murray State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,430 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$26,000 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,029
Setting:
city
#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

Winthrop University is a public school in Rock Hill, S.C. Each year, students participate in Big Man on Campus, an all-male beauty pageant for charity.

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