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

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

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

Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

A private institution, Rollins College was founded in 1885. Rollins College offers a Greek system, where 35 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 29 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

James Madison University was established in 1908 as a public institution. James Madison University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Union University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,829, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 63 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1908, University of Mary Washington is a public institution. University of Mary Washington follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a public institution that was founded in 1947. The school has 35.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of North Carolina--Wilmington is 16:1.

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

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

Bellarmine University was established in 1950 as a private institution. Bellarmine University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

A private institution, Spring Hill College was founded in 1830. Spring Hill College offers a Greek system, where 28 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 20 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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.

Christopher Newport University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,046, with a gender distribution of 43.1 percent male students and 56.9 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:
$29,750 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,869
Setting:
urban
#18 Overall Score: 68 out of 100.

Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte is a private institution. Queens University of Charlotte follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

Converse College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. The school has 81 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Converse College is 11:1.

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

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University was established in 1891 as a private institution. Lipscomb University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Harding University

Searcy, AR

A private institution, Harding University was founded in 1924. Harding University offers a Greek system, where 54 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 46 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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.

Founded in 1871, Christian Brothers University is a private institution. Christian Brothers University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a public institution that was founded in 1922. The school has 54.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Murray State University is 16:1.

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.

Tuition and fees:
$26,240 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,589
Setting:
rural
#27 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

A private institution, Campbell University was founded in 1887.

Tuition and fees:
$14,868 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,042
Setting:
suburban
#27 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

Mississippi College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,042, with a gender distribution of 39.2 percent male students and 60.8 percent female students. At this school, 49 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,790 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$26,690 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,568
Setting:
city
#29 Overall Score: 60 out of 100.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College & State University is a public institution. Georgia College & State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,722 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,248 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
18,101
Setting:
city
#30 Overall Score: 59 out of 100.

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University is a public institution that was founded in 1906. The school has 44.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Western Kentucky University is 19:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$11,340 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$23,520 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,355
Setting:
rural
#31 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Located in Farmville, Va., Longwood University offers more than 125 student organizations and Division I sports. Four national sororities were founded at Longwood University, which now has more than 20 Greek chapters.

Tuition and fees:
$33,565 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,211
Setting:
city
#32 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg College is a small, residential school in southern Virginia. About 60 percent of students are female.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,026 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,745 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,610
Setting:
city
#32 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

Radford University

Radford, VA

At Radford University (RU) in Virginia, students can get involved in more than 200 clubs, media outlets, and Division I sports. Off campus, RU students can go bicycling, kayaking, or fishing in the nearby New River and Blue Ridge Mountains.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,500 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,100 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,957
Setting:
rural
#32 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

Founded in 1915, Tennessee Technological University is a public institution. Tennessee Technological University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$20,468 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,449
Setting:
rural
#35 Overall Score: 56 out of 100.

Freed-Hardeman University is a private institution that was founded in 1869. The school has 59.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Freed-Hardeman University is 13:1.

Tuition and fees:
$28,610 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,526
Setting:
city
#36 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, VA

Mary Baldwin College was established in 1842 as a private institution. Mary Baldwin College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,000 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,690 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,598
Setting:
rural
#36 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

A public institution, University of Montevallo was founded in 1896. University of Montevallo offers a Greek system, where 24 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 19 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$10,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,327
Setting:
city
#36 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,327, with a gender distribution of 31.8 percent male students and 68.2 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,216 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$14,446 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
9,885
Setting:
city
#39 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Marshall University

Huntington, WV

Founded in 1837, Marshall University is a public institution. Marshall University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,479 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$16,076 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,979
Setting:
rural
#39 Overall Score: 54 out of 100.

Western Carolina University is a public institution that was founded in 1889. The school has 28.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Western Carolina University is 15:1.

Tuition and fees:
$25,830 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,677
Setting:
rural
#41 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Gardner-Webb University was established in 1905 as a private institution. Gardner-Webb University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$27,220 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,652
Setting:
suburban
#41 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, KY

A private institution, Thomas More College was founded in 1921. Thomas More College offers a Greek system, where 4 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 2 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$25,040 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,773
Setting:
suburban
#41 Overall Score: 53 out of 100.

Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Wingate University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,773, with a gender distribution of 41.5 percent male students and 58.5 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$25,532 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,751
Setting:
city
#44 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach Atlantic University is situated along the coast in West Palm Beach, Fla. The university is an interdenominational Christian institution.

Tuition and fees:
$28,648 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,402
Setting:
city
#44 Overall Score: 52 out of 100.

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

Shenandoah University is a private institution that was founded in 1875. The school has 69.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Shenandoah University is 10:1.

Tuition and fees:
$26,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,088
Setting:
urban
#46 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Columbia College

Columbia, SC

Columbia College was established as a private institution. Columbia College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$26,430 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,470
Setting:
suburban
#46 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Marymount University

Arlington, VA

Located near Washington, D.C., Marymount University is a private, Catholic school in Arlington, Va. Many Marymount students like to show their school spirit by cheering with the Blue Crew at athletic events and participating in the Campus Wars to raise money for charity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,500 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,910 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,326
Setting:
rural
#46 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

University of Tennessee--Martin has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,326, with a gender distribution of 41.2 percent male students and 58.8 percent female students. At this school, 32 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 68 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$23,350 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
745
Setting:
suburban
#49 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

Founded in 1878, Brenau University is a private institution. Brenau University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,554 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$22,760 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
10,159
Setting:
city
#49 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

University of Tennessee--Chattanooga is a public institution that was founded in 1886. The school has 33.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Tennessee--Chattanooga is 18:1.

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