• For our "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature, we salute 648 colleges in four regions of the country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West—that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.


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    Christian Brothers University

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    Christian Brothers University

    Memphis, TN
    • $27,620 Tuition
    • 1,171 Enrolled

    Christian Brothers University students describe their school as “a close knit educational environment” where “having a good time” and “meeting new people” are par for the course. Students find that the “great” Memphis campus is filled with “active ...

    University of North Carolina--Wilmington

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    University of North Carolina--Wilmington

    Wilmington, NC
    • $16,163 Tuition
    • 1190 Avg SAT
    • 12,428 Enrolled

    The University of North Carolina—Wilmington is "a beautiful place full of enthusiastic students and dedicated faculty." Students rave about the marine biology and film programs and highlight the creative writing department's "impeccable reputation." ...

    Agnes Scott College

    Decatur, GA
    • $35,742 Tuition
    • 1160 Avg SAT
    • 873 Enrolled

    Agnes Scott College is a tiny women’s liberal arts college that is “all about creating intelligent, confident, well rounded women.” With just 900 or so students, there is a pervasively “caring and intellectual atmosphere” at a school that students ...

    Anderson University (SC)

    Anderson, SC
    • $20,820 Tuition
    • 1070 Avg SAT
    • 2,653 Enrolled

    Anderson University is a good fit for students seeking "a warm, friendly, Christian environment where someone can get a liberal arts education and a lifetime of memories and experiences and friends." "There is a religious focus campus-wide" at ...

    Appalachian State University

    Boone, NC
    • $16,939 Tuition
    • 1140 Avg SAT
    • 16,025 Enrolled

    From the top down, Appalachian strives to be the very best it can be, satisfied students at this midsize state university tell us. They report that the school accomplishes this end by hiring "open and accessible administrators" and "caring and ...

    Auburn University

    Auburn, AL
    • $25,776 Tuition
    • 1160 Avg SAT
    • 20,629 Enrolled

    Auburn University is a traditional Southern school full of Southern hospitality that provides a surprisingly “family-like atmosphere” for a school of 25,000 and an unsurprising level of school spirit. “Auburn people are proud to be Auburn people,” ...

    Auburn University Montgomery

    Montgomery, AL
    • $18,990 Tuition
    • 990 Avg SAT
    • 4,377 Enrolled

    It’s easy to understand why undergraduates are attracted to Auburn University Montgomery.  After all, from the moment you set foot on campus, it’s evident that this is a school where “professors and administrators are genuinely interested in ...

    Averett University

    Danville, VA
    • $29,150 Tuition
    • 930 Avg SAT
    • 858 Enrolled

    It’s “location and reputation” that draw students to Averett University in Danville, Virginia (near the North Carolina border), as well as standout programs in Aviation, Aeronautics, Education, Sports Medicine, and Equine Business Management—indeed, ...

    Barton College

    Wilson, NC
    • $22,278 Tuition
    • 960 Avg SAT
    • 1,101 Enrolled

    Barton College is a “small” school with a lot of heart. From the moment you step onto the campus, the “family-like atmosphere” becomes palpable. And undergrads quickly boast that “intimate class sizes” and “close relationships with professors” are ...

    Bellarmine University

    Louisville, KY
    • $34,900 Tuition
    • 1080 Avg SAT
    • 2,593 Enrolled

    Bellarmine University is a “high-energy school completely focused on academics,” with a faculty and staff that are “willing to go beyond the call of duty all in the name of your education.” The school has a good amount of prestige in Kentucky (and ...

    Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, NC
    • $18,500 Tuition
    • 970 Avg SAT
    • 1,647 Enrolled

    Belmont Abbey College is “a small, Catholic, liberal arts college” that boasts a broad and “challenging” core curriculum and intimate classes. Evidence of the school’s Benedictine tradition is all over the place. Belmont Abbey is “very focused on ...

    Belmont University

    Nashville, TN
    • 1170 Avg SAT
    • 5,506 Enrolled

    From the School: Belmont University sits on 75 historic acres in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, a thriving metropolis known worldwide as Music City USA. Belmont University is among the fastest growing Christian universities in the nation ...

    Berea College

    Berea, KY
    • $0 Tuition
    • 1130 Avg SAT
    • 1,623 Enrolled

    Kentucky’s Berea College is one of the nation’s few entirely tuition-free private colleges, providing a liberal arts education “to those who otherwise couldn’t afford college but who are deserving of the opportunity.” Berea is “truly a different ...

    Bethany College (WV)

    Bethany, WV
    • $24,836 Tuition
    • 900 Avg SAT
    • 694 Enrolled

    From the School: Bethany, a small college of national distinction, was founded March 2, 1840. For more than 170 years, Bethany College has been a highly contemporary institution based in the tradition of the liberal arts. The College's ...

    Birmingham-Southern College

    Birmingham, AL
    • 1120 Avg SAT
    • 1,231 Enrolled

    Birmingham-Southern College “is an institution that cares for its students and provides them with a high-quality education and opportunities to succeed.” A double-major in art and psychology says, “I chose BSC because I wanted a small liberal arts ...

    Brenau University

    Gainesville, GA
    • $24,380 Tuition
    • 980 Avg SAT
    • 1,700 Enrolled

    Renowned for its performing arts programs, and more specifically its superior theatre department, Brenau University-The Women's College offers its small student body "a relaxed campus feel where we don't have to impress boys and where we get more ...

    Brescia University

    Owensboro, KY
    • $18,500 Tuition
    • 854 Enrolled

    Students describe Brescia as “a Catholic liberal arts university with a small class room size and hometown feel” with a focus on “helping students become all that they can be in a small class atmosphere where learning, morality, and servant ...

    Bridgewater College

    Bridgewater, VA
    • $30,800 Tuition
    • 1040 Avg SAT
    • 1,785 Enrolled

    A small, private, Brethren-affiliated school in the Shenandoah Valley, Bridgewater College “is about personally developing students in every aspect of life and making each individual physically, academically, socially, and mentally fit for the real ...

    Campbell University

    Buies Creek, NC
    • $19,650 Tuition
    • 4,298 Enrolled

    Thirty minutes south of Raleigh, North Carolina, Campbell University is “a small, Christian-centered school with a friendly community and many wonderful majors.” Religion, law, and pharmacy are among Campbell’s most popular academic programs. ...

    Carson-Newman University

    Jefferson City, TN
    • 1,757 Enrolled

    A small, Christian college, Carson-Newman welcomes students into a tight-knit community and provides them with “a family away from…home.” As if to finely illustrate this point, a psychology major boasts, “The community is SO strong here. If I am ...


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