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

Founded in 1889, Elon University is 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

Rollins College is a private institution that was founded in 1885. The school has 76.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Rollins College is 10:1.

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

Founded in 1908, James Madison University is 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 was established in 1823 as 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

A public institution, University of Mary Washington was founded in 1908.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,348, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66.9 percent of students live off campus.

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

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

Founded in 1950, Bellarmine University is 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

Spring Hill College is a private institution that was founded in 1830. The school has 59.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Spring Hill College is 12:1.

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 was established in 1960 as 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.

A private institution, Queens University of Charlotte was founded in 1857. Queens University of Charlotte offers a Greek system, where 18 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 13 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

Converse College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 690, with 100 percent female students.

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

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Founded in 1891, Lipscomb University is 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

Harding University is a private institution that was founded in 1924. The school has 52.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Harding University is 17:1.

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.

A private institution, Christian Brothers University was founded in 1871.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,891, with a gender distribution of 41.4 percent male students and 58.6 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus.

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

Campbell University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. The school has 62.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Campbell University is 19:1.

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 was established in 1826 as a private institution. Mississippi College follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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.

A public institution, Georgia College & State University was founded in 1889. Georgia College & State University offers a Greek system, where 9 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 2 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,101, with a gender distribution of 42.5 percent male students and 57.5 percent female students. At this school, 29 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71 percent of students live off campus.

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.

A public institution, Tennessee Technological University was founded in 1915. Tennessee Technological University offers a Greek system, where 9 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 9 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Freed-Hardeman University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,449, with a gender distribution of 44.7 percent male students and 55.3 percent female students. At this school, 82 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 18 percent of students live off campus.

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

Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, VA

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin College is 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

University of Montevallo is a public institution that was founded in 1896. The school has 48.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Montevallo is 16:1.

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 was established in 1892 as a private institution. William Carey University follows a trimester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

A public institution, Marshall University was founded in 1837.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,979, with a gender distribution of 46.6 percent male students and 53.4 percent female students. At this school, 48.9 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51.1 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1905, Gardner-Webb University is 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

Thomas More College is a private institution that was founded in 1921. The school has 76.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Thomas More College is 14:1.

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 was established in 1896 as a private institution. Wingate University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,402, with a gender distribution of 37.5 percent male students and 62.5 percent female students. At this school, 55 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45 percent of students live off campus.

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 is 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 was established in 1900 as a public institution. University of Tennessee--Martin follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

A private institution, Brenau University was founded in 1878.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,159, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 69 percent of students live off campus.

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