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50 Best Colleges in the South

See where your favorite southern school ranks among the 50 best colleges in the South! This list is based on our 2017 Best Colleges ranking.

Rank School Name Niche Overall Grade SAT Range Acceptance Rate Net Price Rank in State Location
Rank 1
School Name Rice University
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1380-1570
Acceptance Rate 15.10%
Net Price $20,512
Rank in State #1 in TX
Location Houston, TX
Rank 2
School Name Duke University
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1420-1570
Acceptance Rate 11.41%
Net Price $21,764
Rank in State #1 in NC
Location Durham, NC
Rank 3
School Name Vanderbilt University
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1410-1600
Acceptance Rate 13.09%
Net Price $22,173
Rank in State #1 in TN
Location Nashville, TN
Rank 4
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1410-1600
Acceptance Rate 19.46%
Net Price $20,700
Rank in State #1 in VA
Location Lexington, VA
Rank 5
School Name Emory University
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1400-1600
Acceptance Rate 26.82%
Net Price $28,203
Rank in State #1 in GA
Location Atlanta, GA
Rank 6
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1390-1550
Acceptance Rate 29.00%
Net Price $14,069
Rank in State #2 in VA
Location Charlottesville, VA
Rank 7
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1360-1510
Acceptance Rate 39.66%
Net Price $16,832
Rank in State #2 in TX
Location Austin, TX
Rank 8
School Name Virginia Tech
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1360-1550
Acceptance Rate 72.63%
Net Price $18,398
Rank in State #3 in VA
Location Blacksburg, VA
Rank 9
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1420-1570
Acceptance Rate 28.50%
Net Price $10,936
Rank in State #2 in NC
Location Chapel Hill, NC
Rank 10
School Name Davidson College
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1330-1550
Acceptance Rate 21.67%
Net Price $22,457
Rank in State #3 in NC
Location Davidson, NC
Rank 11
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1370-1550
Acceptance Rate 33.38%
Net Price $12,187
Rank in State #2 in GA
Location Atlanta, GA
Rank 12
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1390-1570
Acceptance Rate 31.80%
Net Price $24,011
Rank in State #4 in VA
Location Richmond, VA
Rank 13
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1360-1550
Acceptance Rate 34.41%
Net Price $25,826
Rank in State #4 in NC
Location Winston-Salem, NC
Rank 14
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1430-1580
Acceptance Rate 33.02%
Net Price $12,406
Rank in State #5 in VA
Location Williamsburg, VA
Rank 15
School Name University of Florida
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1380-1540
Acceptance Rate 45.61%
Net Price $14,786
Rank in State #1 in FL
Location Gainesville, FL
Rank 16
School Name Texas A&M University
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1500-1600
Acceptance Rate 71.03%
Net Price $11,725
Rank in State #3 in TX
Location College Station, TX
Rank 17
School Name University of Georgia
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1280-1480
Acceptance Rate 55.72%
Net Price $13,287
Rank in State #3 in GA
Location Athens, GA
Rank 18
School Name University of Miami
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1340-1520
Acceptance Rate 38.18%
Net Price $33,284
Rank in State #2 in FL
Location Coral Gables, FL
Rank 19
School Name Tulane University
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1435-1600
Acceptance Rate 27.95%
Net Price $32,797
Rank in State #1 in LA
Location New Orleans, LA
Rank 20
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1320-1460
Acceptance Rate 52.40%
Net Price $34,189
Rank in State #4 in TX
Location Dallas, TX
Rank 21
School Name Clemson University
Niche Overall Grade A+
SAT Range 1320-1510
Acceptance Rate 51.52%
Net Price $16,799
Rank in State #1 in SC
Location Clemson, SC
Rank 22
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1280-1470
Acceptance Rate 51.60%
Net Price $13,579
Rank in State #5 in NC
Location Raleigh, NC
Rank 23
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1280-1480
Acceptance Rate 48.42%
Net Price $27,851
Rank in State #5 in TX
Location San Antonio, TX
Rank 24
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1390-1560
Acceptance Rate 55.39%
Net Price $16,737
Rank in State #3 in FL
Location Tallahassee, FL
Rank 25
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1360-1520
Acceptance Rate 65.73%
Net Price $14,772
Rank in State #6 in VA
Location Harrisonburg, VA
Rank 26
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1350-1560
Acceptance Rate 64.70%
Net Price $25,414
Rank in State #2 in TN
Location Sewanee, TN
Rank 27
School Name University of Alabama
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1320-1520
Acceptance Rate 51.05%
Net Price $18,935
Rank in State #1 in AL
Location Tuscaloosa, AL
Rank 28
School Name Rollins College
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1350-1548
Acceptance Rate 57.29%
Net Price $32,621
Rank in State #4 in FL
Location Winter Park, FL
Rank 29
School Name Auburn University
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1330-1510
Acceptance Rate 83.47%
Net Price $18,500
Rank in State #2 in AL
Location Auburn, AL
Rank 30
School Name Furman University
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1250-1440
Acceptance Rate 68.71%
Net Price $30,607
Rank in State #2 in SC
Location Greenville, SC
Rank 31
School Name Baylor University
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1330-1490
Acceptance Rate 55.36%
Net Price $34,900
Rank in State #6 in TX
Location Waco, TX
Rank 32
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1340-1540
Acceptance Rate 61.57%
Net Price $30,477
Rank in State #5 in FL
Location Melbourne, FL
Rank 33
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1280-1460
Acceptance Rate 85.69%
Net Price $13,982
Rank in State #3 in AL
Location Birmingham, AL
Rank 34
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1190-1460
Acceptance Rate 44.40%
Net Price $16,233
Rank in State #7 in VA
Location Lexington, VA
Rank 35
School Name Agnes Scott College
Niche Overall Grade A
SAT Range 1418-1570
Acceptance Rate 67.72%
Net Price $20,378
Rank in State #4 in GA
Location Decatur, GA
Rank 36
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1350-1520
Acceptance Rate 62.04%
Net Price $14,466
Rank in State #1 in AR
Location Fayetteville, AR
Rank 37
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1260-1470
Acceptance Rate 61.94%
Net Price $9,098
Rank in State #7 in TX
Location Richardson, TX
Rank 38
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1360-1540
Acceptance Rate 49.61%
Net Price $14,745
Rank in State #6 in FL
Location Orlando, FL
Rank 39
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range
Acceptance Rate 71.02%
Net Price $15,297
Rank in State #1 in MS
Location Starkville, MS
Rank 40
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1250-1460
Acceptance Rate 76.63%
Net Price $13,409
Rank in State #2 in LA
Location Baton Rouge, LA
Rank 41
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1170-1410
Acceptance Rate 65.20%
Net Price $17,972
Rank in State #3 in SC
Location Columbia, SC
Rank 42
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1240-1500
Acceptance Rate 53.16%
Net Price $11,355
Rank in State #7 in FL
Location Tampa, FL
Rank 43
School Name Rhodes College
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1110-1320
Acceptance Rate 59.99%
Net Price $28,615
Rank in State #3 in TN
Location Memphis, TN
Rank 44
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1220-1420
Acceptance Rate 59.46%
Net Price $17,229
Rank in State #8 in TX
Location San Antonio, TX
Rank 45
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1230-1440
Acceptance Rate 48.52%
Net Price $25,635
Rank in State #9 in TX
Location Georgetown, TX
Rank 46
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1230-1430
Acceptance Rate 70.61%
Net Price $18,379
Rank in State #2 in AR
Location Arkadelphia, AR
Rank 47
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1310-1470
Acceptance Rate 90.25%
Net Price $26,283
Rank in State #3 in LA
Location New Orleans, LA
Rank 48
School Name Centre College
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1310-1490
Acceptance Rate 71.57%
Net Price $24,855
Rank in State #1 in KY
Location Danville, KY
Rank 49
School Name Liberty University
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1220-1430
Acceptance Rate 22.32%
Net Price $23,367
Rank in State #8 in VA
Location Lynchburg, VA
Rank 50
School Name Texas Tech University
Niche Overall Grade A-
SAT Range 1230-1410
Acceptance Rate 66.13%
Net Price $13,901
Rank in State #10 in TX
Location Lubbock, TX
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50 Best Colleges in the South