Up-and-Coming Schools

Regional Universities (South)

Up-and-Coming Schools Methodology

In spring 2013, for the sixth year in a row, U.S. News asked the experts who respond to our annual peer assessment survey to identify institutions in their 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life. All of the schools that received the most nominations from top college officials in their ranking peer group for being up-and-coming are listed here.

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

Rank School
#1 Elon University

Elon, NC

#2 Belmont University

Nashville, TN

#3 Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

#4 Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

#5 Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

#5 College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

#7 Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, TN

#7 Union University

Jackson, TN

#7 Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

#7 Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

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