• For our "2017 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. These lists appear in alphabetical order. Schools marked "featured" have paid a fee for this designation.


    Agnes Scott College

    Decatur, GA
    • 927 Enrolled
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    Anderson University (SC)

    Anderson, SC
    • 2,824 Enrolled
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    Appalachian State University

    Boone, NC
    • 16,595 Enrolled
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    Arkansas State University

    Arkansas State University

    State University, AR
    • 9,592 Enrolled
    From the School: Arkansas State’s mission is to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives. Founded in ...

    Auburn University

    Auburn, AL
    • 22,658 Enrolled
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    Auburn University Montgomery

    Montgomery, AL
    • 4,273 Enrolled
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    Averett University

    Danville, VA
    • 859 Enrolled
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    Barton College

    Wilson, NC
    • 1,101 Enrolled
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    Bellarmine University

    Louisville, KY
    • 2,650 Enrolled
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    Belmont Abbey College

    Belmont, NC
    • 1,560 Enrolled
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    Belmont University

    Belmont University

    Tennessee, TN
    • 6,293 Enrolled
    From the School: Belmont University sits on 75 historic acres in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, a thriving metropolis ...

    Berea College

    Berea, KY
    • 1,665 Enrolled
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    Bethany College (WV)

    Bethany College (WV)

    Bethany, WV
    • 905 Enrolled
    From the School: There was never a more glorious place to go to college. The rolling hillsides in the foothills of the ...

    Birmingham-Southern College

    Birmingham, AL
    • 1,231 Enrolled
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    Brenau University

    Gainesville, GA
    • 1,653 Enrolled
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    Brescia University

    Owensboro, KY
    • 1,060 Enrolled
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    Bridgewater College

    Bridgewater, VA
    • 1,882 Enrolled
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    Campbell University

    Buies Creek, NC
    • 4,298 Enrolled
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    Catawba College

    Salisbury, NC
    • 1,297 Enrolled
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    Centenary College of Louisiana

    Shreveport, LA
    • 523 Enrolled
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