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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,357, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus.

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

Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is a private institution. Rollins College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,107, with a gender distribution of 40.9 percent male students and 59.1 percent female students. At this school, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1823. The school has 69 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Union University is 11:1.

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 was established in 1908 as 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.

A public institution, University of North Carolina--Wilmington was founded in 1947. University of North Carolina--Wilmington offers a Greek system, where 11 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 10 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,730, with a gender distribution of 35.1 percent male students and 64.9 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus.

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

Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is a private institution. Spring Hill College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a public institution that was founded in 1960. The school has 47.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Christopher Newport University is 17:1.

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

Queens University of Charlotte was established in 1857 as 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

A private institution, Converse College was founded in 1889.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,740, with a gender distribution of 41.2 percent male students and 58.8 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus.

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

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Founded in 1924, Harding University is a private institution. Harding University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 was established in 1871 as 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.

A public institution, Murray State University was founded in 1922. Murray State University offers a Greek system, where 12 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 15 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Founded in 1887, Campbell University is a private institution. Campbell University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1826. The school has 61.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Mississippi College is 15:1.

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.

Georgia College & State University was established in 1889 as 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

A public institution, Western Kentucky University was founded in 1906. Western Kentucky University offers a Greek system, where 11 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 11 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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.

Tennessee Technological University was established in 1915 as 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.

A private institution, Freed-Hardeman University was founded in 1869.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,526, with a gender distribution of 6.7 percent male students and 93.3 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1896, University of Montevallo is a public institution. University of Montevallo follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1892. The school has 66.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at William Carey University is 13:1.

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

Marshall University was established in 1837 as 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.

A public institution, Western Carolina University was founded in 1889. Western Carolina University offers a Greek system, where 6.5 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 8.9 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,677, with a gender distribution of 35.3 percent male students and 64.7 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1921, Thomas More College is a private institution. Thomas More College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1896. The school has 48.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Wingate University is 14:1.

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

A private institution, Shenandoah University was founded in 1875.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,088, with a gender distribution of 3.1 percent male students and 96.9 percent female students. At this school, 45 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55 percent of students live off campus.

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 is a public institution that was founded in 1900. The school has 51.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Tennessee--Martin is 18:1.

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

Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

Brenau University was established in 1878 as 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.

A public institution, University of Tennessee--Chattanooga was founded in 1886. University of Tennessee--Chattanooga offers a Greek system, where 14 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 9 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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