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 is a private institution that was founded in 1889. The school has 50.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Elon University is 13:1.

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 was established in 1885 as 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 is a public institution that was founded in 1908. The school has 32.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at James Madison University is 16:1.

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

A private institution, Union University was founded in 1823. Union University offers a Greek system, where 21 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 25 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,515, with a gender distribution of 35.5 percent male students and 64.5 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.

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.

Founded in 1947, University of North Carolina--Wilmington is 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

Bellarmine University is a private institution that was founded in 1950. The school has 54.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Bellarmine University is 12:1.

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 was established in 1830 as 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.

A public institution, Christopher Newport University was founded in 1960. Christopher Newport University offers a Greek system, where 9 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 6 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Queens University of Charlotte has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,869, with a gender distribution of 25.6 percent male students and 74.4 percent female students. At this school, 67 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 33 percent of students live off campus.

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

Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

Founded in 1889, Converse College is 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

Lipscomb University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. The school has 58.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Lipscomb University is 12:1.

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 was established in 1924 as 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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,237, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 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.

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.

Founded in 1922, Murray State University is 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.

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 was established in 1887 as 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

A private institution, Mississippi College was founded in 1826. Mississippi College offers a Greek system, where 10 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 3 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,568, with a gender distribution of 39.8 percent male students and 60.2 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a public institution. Western Kentucky University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,957, with a gender distribution of 54.8 percent male students and 45.2 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.

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

Founded in 1869, Freed-Hardeman University is a private institution. Freed-Hardeman University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1842. The school has 60.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Mary Baldwin College is 12:1.

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 was established in 1896 as 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

A private institution, William Carey University was founded in 1892.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,885, with a gender distribution of 44.1 percent male students and 55.9 percent female students.

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.

Founded in 1889, Western Carolina University is a public institution. Western Carolina University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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 is a private institution that was founded in 1905. The school has 69.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Gardner-Webb University is 13:1.

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 was established in 1921 as 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

A private institution, Wingate University was founded in 1896. Wingate University offers a Greek system, where 10 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Founded in 1875, Shenandoah University is a private institution. Shenandoah University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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. The school has 67.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Columbia College is 12:1.

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.

A public institution, University of Tennessee--Martin was founded in 1900. University of Tennessee--Martin offers a Greek system, where 15 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 15 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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

Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

Brenau University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 745, with 100 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus.

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.

Founded in 1886, University of Tennessee--Chattanooga is a public institution. University of Tennessee--Chattanooga follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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