• For our "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" web feature, we salute 649 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.

    Please note that these lists are not ranked. They appear in alphabetical order, with featured schools first.

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    Christian Brothers University


    Christian Brothers University

    Memphis, TN
    • $29,316 Tuition
    • 1,299 Enrolled
    Students of the Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee say the school “provides a complete education for the future” by “stressing the importance of service to the community at large” and providing “approachable, available professors” ...

    University of North Carolina--Wilmington


    University of North Carolina--Wilmington

    Wilmington, NC
    • $18,054 Tuition
    • 12,952 Enrolled
    • 590 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 570 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • $36,996 Tuition
    • 873 Enrolled
    • 600 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 580 Avg SAT Writing
    Agnes Scott College is a small women’s liberal arts college that is “all about creating intelligent, confident, well rounded women.” With just 800 or so students, there is a pervasively “caring and intellectual atmosphere” at a school that students ...

    Anderson University (SC)

    Anderson, SC
    • $21,660 Tuition
    • 2,776 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 520 Avg SAT Math
    • 520 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • $17,786 Tuition
    • 16,255 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 580 Avg SAT Math
    • 550 Avg SAT Writing
    Located in Boone, North Carolina, a town of about 18,000, Appalachian State University provides “a great education in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains,” offering “a strong sense of community and a challenging academic environment” ...

    Auburn University

    Auburn, AL
    • $26,424 Tuition
    • 20,629 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 590 Avg SAT Math
    • 560 Avg SAT Writing
    Located in the heart of Alabama, Auburn University is called home by more than 20,000 undergraduates, making it one of the state’s largest universities. Established before the Civil War, the school’s environment is “challenging, captivating, unique ...

    Auburn University Montgomery

    Montgomery, AL
    • $19,560 Tuition
    • 4,377 Enrolled
    • 490 Avg SAT Reading
    • 510 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $30,900 Tuition
    • 858 Enrolled
    • 460 Avg SAT Reading
    • 470 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • 1,101 Enrolled
    • 470 Avg SAT Reading
    • 480 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $36,210 Tuition
    • 2,585 Enrolled
    • 550 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • 1,560 Enrolled
    • 500 Avg SAT Reading
    • 510 Avg SAT Math
    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

    Tennessee, TN
    • $28,600 Tuition
    • 5,837 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 580 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • 1,621 Enrolled
    • 550 Avg SAT Reading
    • 570 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • 905 Enrolled
    • 440 Avg SAT Reading
    • 440 Avg SAT Math
    • 420 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Bethany, a small college of national distinction, was founded March 2, 1840. For 175 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
    • $31,954 Tuition
    • 1,231 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 540 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • $25,478 Tuition
    • 1,596 Enrolled
    • 500 Avg SAT Reading
    • 480 Avg SAT Math
    While this small Georgia school known for its performing arts program just went co-ed, students still see this former all-women’s college as a “historic college that empowers and shapes young women into leaders,” and students say “Brenau is all ...

    Brescia University

    Owensboro, KY
    • $19,500 Tuition
    • 1,060 Enrolled
    • 460 Avg SAT Reading
    • 490 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • 1,785 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 520 Avg SAT Math
    • 490 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • $24,200 Tuition
    • 1,757 Enrolled
    • 510 Avg SAT Reading
    • 510 Avg SAT Math
    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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