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Our 2015 Rankings of Southern Regional Universities are based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Each of these factors were weighted equally in our ranking and data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.

Update: We have just released our 2016 ranking of the best Southern Regional Universities. Click here for the latest ranking.

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King University
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Founded in 1867, King University is a Presbyterian, private university located in Bristol, Tennessee. The campus is nestled on 135 wooded acres in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The university offers more than 80 majors, minors, and pre-professional degrees in fields such as nursing, medical and health sciences, law, business, pharmacy, humanities, and education. The graduate degree offering includes nursing, education, and business administration. Students who are unable to attend in person can choose from over 10 online degrees. King University has 2,191 undergraduate students and 384 graduate students.

Academic reputation score: 41
Average financial aid: $ 19,456
Average net price: $ 17,077
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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University of Montevallo
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The University of Montevallo is a public liberal arts university located in Montevallo, Alabama. The school has approximately 3,100 students enrolled and an average freshmen class totaling 550. Nearly half of the students choose to live on campus. UM offers more than 30 degree programs featuring around 75 majors. The student to faculty ratio is 17:1 and 95 percent of faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree. The Administration, faculty, and staff of UM strive to build programs that are affordable, geographically accessible, personal, and high quality.

Academic reputation score: 55
Average financial aid: $6,670
Average net price: $13,002
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Gardner- Webb University
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Affiliated with the Baptist Convention of North Carolina, Gardner-Webb University is a private university located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Approximately 5000 students from 37 states and 21 other countries are enrolled in the school. Gardner-Webb offers nearly 60 undergraduate majors and graduate fields of study. The most popular majors are business (33%), social services (30%), and nursing (17%). While the average class size is 25, the student to faculty ratio is 13:1.

Academic reputation score: 53
Average financial aid: $12,526
Average net price: $20,267
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Southern Polytechnic State University
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Southern Polytechnic State University is a public university located approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia. The campus sits on 203 acres of naturally wooded terrain. The university is home to around 5,500 students representing 36 states and 64 countries. The vast majority of the students, around 82%, are male. Academic degrees are organized into five school and include over 40 bachelor programs, 11 graduate degree programs, and nine graduate certificate programs. SPSU students can get involved by joining more than 100 campus organizations and playing various recreational sports.

Academic reputation score: 36
Average financial aid: $5,872
Average net price: $10,210
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Eastern Kentucky University
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Eastern Kentucky University is a public university located in Lancaster, Kentucky. EKU has regional campuses and centers in Corbin, Danville, Manchester, Hazard, and Somerset. There are 16,111 students enrolled in the university of which, 13,891 are undergraduate students. Students can choose among more than 160 degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university also offers online degree and certificate programs at all levels with six convenient start dates a year.

Academic reputation score: 48
Average financial aid: $5,972
Average net price: $12,073
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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The the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga was initially founded as a private Christian school called Chattanooga University in 1886. In 1969 the university became part of the University of Tennessee system and transitioned to be a public university. The university has 10,297 undergraduate students and 1,377 graduate students. With over 140 undergraduate majors and concentrations and nearly nearly 100 graduate programs, students will more than likely find the exact program in which they are interested. The most popular majors at UT Chattanooga are in the areas of business and education.

Academic reputation score: 50
Average financial aid: $7,387
Average net price: $12,390
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Arkansas State University
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Arkansas State University is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas and is the flagship of the Arkansas State University System. Only 2,600 of the 13,552 students choose to house on campus. ASU offers a variety of bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees with more than 40 degree programs in nearly 150 fields of study. The most popular degrees are in education, health professions, and business. Students at ASU have many opportunities to be involved in campus life with more than 300 clubs and organizations and 30 intramural sports.

Academic reputation score: 46
Average financial aid: $9,462
Average net price: $8,708
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Wingate University
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Situated in the town of Wingate, North Carolina, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 3,000 students. There are also two extension campuses of Wingate in Charlotte and Hendersonville. Wingate offers 35 undergraduate majors, five master’s degrees, and two doctoral degrees. The most popular majors at the university are pre-PA, business management, athletic training, pre-pharmacy, communication studies, nursing, sport management, and elementary education. With a faculty to student ration of 14:1, students at Wingate enjoy small class sizes.

Academic reputation score: 53
Average financial aid: $17,251
Average net price: $16,449
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Marymount University
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Marymount University was Founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. It is a private, coeducational Catholic school located in the suburbs of Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 3,700 students representing approximately 40 states and 70 countries are enrolled in the school. Marymount has a diverse student body that is 48% White, 14% African American, 12% Hispanic, 8% Asian and 18%”other.” The school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees through the Schools of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and the Malek School of Health Professions. Eighty-three percent of the students receive some form of financial aid making Marymount an affordable option.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $12,716
Average net price: $22,882
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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University of North Florida
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Established in 1972, the University of North Florida is a public university in Jacksonville, Florida. The school is a member of the State University System of Florida. The campus sits on 1,300 lush acres, is surrounded by a natural preserve, and is about 10 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. UNF has 13,539 undergraduate students, 1,731 graduate students, and 982 post baccalaureate and non-degree students. This university is divided into five colleges and offers 53 undergraduate degree programs and 28 graduate degree programs. Nearly half of the current students are majoring in programs that are in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Academic reputation score: 49
Average financial aid: $6,085
Average net price: $11,135
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Saint Leo University
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St. Leo University was founded in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida. The main campus is 30 miles north of Tampa in the town of Saint Leo, Florida. The university also has 40 education centers and office locations and online degree programs. Enrollment for all campuses combined totals nearly 16,000 students from all 50 states and 61 countries. However, the main campus has an enrollment of 2,234. Students can choose from more than 40 academic programs including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. The size and multi-site options do not make class sizes larger. In fact, the student to teacher ratio is only 15:1.

Academic reputation score: 48
Average financial aid: $14,269
Average net price: $17,321
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Mississippi University for Women
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Established in 1884 as the first public college for women in the United States, Mississippi University for Women is now a co-educational university that offers more than 50 majors and concentrations. The school also offers over 10 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree. A handful of degrees can be earned online. Of the 2,629 students enrolled, 18.2% are men. Moreover, 57.5% of students are Anglo American and 37.7% are African American. The “W” prides itself on having small classes with instructors who are not graduate students. Indeed, the average class size is 14.

Academic reputation score: 49
Average financial aid: $7,517
Average net price: $8,948
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Longwood University
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Longwood University is a public liberal arts university located in Farmville, Virginia. It was founded in 1839 and has a student enrollment of 4,834. Students come from more than 25 states and 18 countries. Seventy percent of the students reside on the 60 acre campus. The average class size at Longwood is 21. The school offers more than 100 majors, minors and concentrations and a handful of graduate degrees. Students can choose to be involved in the life of the university through 125 clubs, organizations and special interest groups.

Academic reputation score: 58
Average financial aid: $6,575
Average net price: $16,883
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Western Carolina University
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Sitting on approximately 600 acres in the mountains of Cullowhee, North Carolina, Western Carolina University is a public university. Western Carolina University was founded in 1889 and is a part of the University of North Carolina system. There are 10,107 students enrolled in the university from the United States and from Asia, Africa, and South America. The school offers Approximately 220 majors and concentrations for undergraduates as well as more than 30 graduate programs. The average class size at Western Carolina is 19 and 82% of all classes have fewer than 30 students.

Academic reputation score: 54
Average financial aid: $5,848
Average net price: $10,893
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Winston- Salem State University
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Founded in 1892, Winston-Salem State University is a public university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The university is a historically black institution with 5,399 students. Seventy-two percent of the students are African-American, 18% are White, 2% are Hispanic, 7% are “other.” Winston-Salem offers approximately 40 undergraduate majors, nine master degrees, and two doctoral degrees. For students with busy schedules, the university offers three online bachelor’s degrees, two online master’s degrees, and a handful of certificates. Notable values of the university are life-long learning, empowering leaders who pursue excellence, and “Respect for all; integrity always.”

Academic reputation score: 45
Average financial aid: $8,314
Average net price: $7,702
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Jacksonville University
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Jacksonville University sits on a 190 acre campus is on St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. The university is a private school with 4,157 students. JU offers more than 70 majors, programs, and concentrations. The most popular undergraduate majors are Nursing / Pre-Nursing, Aviation Management & Flight Operations, Business, Biology, Exercise Science, and Marine Science. The university also offers graduate program offering includes nursing, business, education, orthodontics, marine science, fine arts, math and public policy.

Academic reputation score: 45
Average financial aid: $20,113
Average net price: $20,585
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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University of Tampa
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Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Florida, the University of Tampa, is a private university. Founded in 1931, the university has 7,600 students enrolled for fall 2014, of which over 1,350 are international students. When it comes to housing, 65% of the students reside on campus. Ninety-two percent of the students are awarded with financial aid. The total amount of financial aid that is awarded equals around $160 million per year. The University of Tampa offers over 200 areas of study and 12 master’s programs.

Academic reputation score: 65
Average financial aid: $10,908
Average net price: $25,034
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Lynchburg College
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Lynchburg College is a private Christian college in Lynchburg, Virginia. The campus is nestled on 250 acres in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded in 1903 by a Christian educator named Dr. Josephus Hopwood, Lynchburg is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination. The school has 2,200 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students representing 37 states and nine foreign countries. Lynchburg has 39 majors, 52 minors, 13 pre-professional programs, four masters programs, and two doctoral degrees. Community service is a significant aspect of the ethos of the college. Indeed, the campus contributes 70,000 hours of community service annually.

Academic reputation score: 57
Average financial aid: $18,275
Average net price: $22,810
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Thomas More College
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Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, Thomas More College is a private liberal arts college located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in the school. One hundred percent of traditional, full-time undergraduate students receive institutional scholarships. The college offers 29 associate majors, 40 baccalaureate majors, and several graduate degrees. In 2012, close to half of the graduating seniors majored in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. Seventy-six percent of the classes at Thomas More have fewer than 20 students and the student to faculty ratio is 14:1.

Academic reputation score: 53
Average financial aid: $16,292
Average net price: $20,637
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Marshall University
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Named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States, Marshall University is a public research university in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall has 9,756 undergraduate students and 3,651 graduate students. The average class size is 23 but the student to faculty ratio is 19:1. Considering that there are 230 recognized student organizations, 32 intramural sports, and 10 club sports, students have many opportunities to get engaged in campus life. The university has 54 baccalaureate programs, 46 graduate programs, and four doctoral degrees.

Academic reputation score: 54
Average financial aid: $7,926
Average net price: $8,157
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Brenau University
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Brenau University was founded in 1878 as Georgia Baptist Female Seminary. Since then, the school has transitioned to being a co-educational, private, Non-sectarian liberal arts university. While the school is co-educational, 88.8% of the students who enroll are women. The campus is located in Gainesville, Georgia, which is 45 miles northeast of Atlanta. There are extension campuses in South Atlanta/Fairburn, North Atlanta/Norcross, Augusta, and Kings Bay. Brenau has 1,723 undergraduate students and 1054 graduate students. The university offers almost 40 undergraduate majors, approximately 35 graduate degrees and certificates, and two doctoral programs. Brenau has 16 undergraduate and graduate programs that can be completed exclusively online.

Academic reputation score: 50
Average financial aid: $16,189
Average net price: $15,874
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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University of Tennessee at Martin
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The University of Tennessee at Martin is located in Martin, Tennessee. It is one of the five campuses of the University of Tennessee system. UT Martin was founded in 1900 as Hall-Moody Institute, became a junior college in 1927, and became a 4-year public university in 1967. There are currently 7,400 students representing 41 states and 17 countries enrolled in the school. The school offers 17 undergraduate degrees with more than 80 concentrations and four graduate degree with 14 concentrations. Many students choose to engage in the community through the university’s approximately 175 clubs and student organizations.

Academic reputation score: 51
Average financial aid: $8,299
Average net price: $8,897
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Western Kentucky University
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Home of more than 21,000 students, Western Kentucky University sits on a hilltop in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There are also three regional campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown/Fort Knox. The public university was founded in 1906. WKU has more than 170 majors, minors, associate degree programs, and certificate programs for undergraduate students. Moreover, the school offers more than 80 graduate programs. Some of the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs can be completed exclusively online. Infact, WKU offers more than 1,000 classes online each year to be able to accommodate students with busy schedules.

Academic reputation score: 59
Average financial aid: $6,149
Average net price: $12,128
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Georgia College & State University
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Chartered in 1889 as a women’s educational center, Georgia College & State University is a coeducational public liberal arts university in Milledgeville, Georgia. The school has nearly 5,700 undergraduate students and approximately 1000 graduate students. More than 25 graduate programs and 37 undergraduate degrees are available. Students at Georgia College & State University are very active with over half participating in intramural sports. Many are also engaged in one or more of the 170 registered clubs and organizations on campus.

Academic reputation score: 60
Average financial aid: $6,698
Average net price: $15,527
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Campbell University
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Campbell University is a private Christian university affiliated with the Baptist denomination. The school’s main campus is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina. There are extension campuses in Fort Bragg/Pope Air Force Base, Camp Lejeune, and Research Triangle Park. Furthermore, the law school is located in Raleigh. Founded in 1887 by James Archibald Campbell, the school has 6,000 students enrolled. Campbell offers over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, health sciences, and professions and is home to the only osteopathic medical school in North Carolina.

Academic reputation score: 61
Average financial aid: $15,411
Average net price: $24,163
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Harding University
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Located 50 miles north-east of Little Rock in the town of Searcy, Arkansas, Harding University is a private liberal arts university. The school was founded in 1924 and is affiliated with the Church of Christ. Harding has over 100 majors for undergraduates and 15 graduate and professional degrees. There are 6,238 students enrolled at Harding, of which 4,428 are undergraduates. Nearly 50% of each graduates spent a semester at one of Harding’s international campuses in Viña del Mar, Chilé; London, England; Zambia, Africa; Brisbane, Australia; Paris, France; Athens, Greece; or Florence, Italy.

Academic reputation score: 65
Average financial aid: $9,108
Average net price: $15,508
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Mississippi College
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Mississippi College was founded as a private school in 1826. It is affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention. The campus is located in Clinton, Mississippi, which is just west of Jackson. Of the 4,921 students enrolled in the school, 2,905 are undergraduate students. Mississippi College has more than 80 undergraduate options, 15 graduate degrees, and a law school. Rather than having fraternities and sororities, the college has five service clubs for men and four social tribes for women. Only 58% of applicants are accepted into Mississippi College making it selective.

Academic reputation score: 61
Average financial aid: $10,314
Average net price: $14,443
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Winthrop University
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Founded in 1886, Winthrop University is located in Rock Hill, SC which is approximately a 20 minute drive from Charlotte, North Carolina. Winthrop is a public school with 42 undergraduate degrees and 26 graduate degrees. The student to faculty ratio is 15:1 and the average class size is 22. Winthrop has more than 160 clubs, 15 fraternities and sororities, and 18 NCAA Division 1 teams. Of the 5,048 undergraduate students enrolled, 67% are women, 59% are White and 30% are African American.

Academic reputation score: 63
Average financial aid: $8,534
Average net price: $14,707
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Murray State University
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Murray State University is a public university with its main campus in Murray, Kentucky and regional campuses in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Paducah. More than 10,000 students from 41 states and 45 countries are enrolled at Murray State. Students choose from 155 bachelor’s programs, 63 master’s and specialist programs, and 4 doctoral programs. The university also has degrees that can be earned online. Even though the school is not small, the average class size is just 21 students and the student to faculty ratio is 15:1.

Academic reputation score: 63
Average financial aid: $8,086
Average net price: $10,247
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Radford University
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Radford Universityis a public university on 191 acres in Radford, Virginia. Around 9,900 students attend the school. Radford has 69 degree programs in 39 disciplines at the undergraduate level, 21 master’s programs in 16 disciplines and three doctoral programs at the graduate level. The student to faculty ratio is 18:1 although the average freshman class size is 34 students. Students at Radford have many opportunities to get involved with the 250 student clubs and organization.

Academic reputation score: 57
Average financial aid: $8,302
Average net price: $12,159
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Christopher Newport University
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Sitting on 260 acres in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University is a young university that has made some great strides. The college started out as a two year branch of the College of William & Mary and became a fully accredited university in 1992. 4,800 students attend the school, 59% of whom are female. Even though the freshmen class size has doubled in the past five years, the average class is still just 25 students. There are more than 250 student groups and organizations so students are practically guaranteed to find a great place to plug into the life of the university community.

Academic reputation score: 68
Average financial aid: $4,070
Average net price: $19,812
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Tennessee Technological University
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Tennessee Technological University is a public university that is located in located in Cookeville, Tennessee which is approximately 70 miles east of Nashville. The school has 40 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate majors. The most popular undergraduate majors are in the field of education. There are 10,052 undergraduate students and 1,066 graduate students. Known as the Golden Eagles, the school’s 14 sports teams compete in NCAA Division I.

Academic reputation score: 57
Average financial aid: $7,622
Average net price: $13,062
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Lipscomb University
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Founded as a Christian private school in 1891, Lipscomb University is located in Nashville, Tennessee with three off-campus program opportunities in Murfreesboro, Cool Springs, and Sumner County. Students can choose from eight bachelor’s degrees in 78 majors, 25 master’s degrees, four education specialist degrees and three doctoral degrees in 58 fields of study. The school has 4,580 students and a 12:1 student to faculty ratio. Lipscomb’s women’s and men’s athletic teams compete in NCAA’s Division I. The five pillars of Lipscomb university are faith, community, knowledge, innovation, and service.

Academic reputation score: 67
Average financial aid: $14,037
Average net price: $21,085
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Belmont University
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Belmont University is a private, Christian school that was founded in 1890. The campus sits on 75 acres two miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Considered to be one of the fastest growing universities, Belmont University has more than doubled their enrollment to around 6,900 since 2000. Students hail from every state and 25 countries. The school has 80 areas of study, 23 master’s programs, and five doctoral degrees. Both Rolling Stone and Time magazines voted Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business as a top music business program.

Academic reputation score: 83
Average financial aid: $11,060
Average net price: $28,870
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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University of North Carolina Wilmington
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The University of North Carolina Wilmington is about a 6 mile drive from the Atlantic Ocean. The school is a public, coeducational school that is part of the University of North Carolina system. Nearly 14,000 students choose from a selection of 55 bachelor’s degrees, 42 master’s degrees, and 2 doctoral programs. The University of North Carolina Wilmington emphasizes students’ journeys to inquire and discover and to better one’s self and one’s community.

Academic reputation score: 72
Average financial aid: $5,619
Average net price: $11,502
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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College of Charleston
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Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Although the school has nearly 10,000 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate students, the administration, faculty, and staff strive to make the college feel small and personal. The school offers over 120 majors and minors. There are even 25 custom-made interdisciplinary minors in a variety of areas such as environmental studies and crime and crime, law, and society. The College of Charleston has 21 NCAA Division I teams that are a part of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Academic reputation score: 76
Average financial aid: $8,767
Average net price: $15,818
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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With 14,564 students, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest fully accredited university that specializes in aerospace and aviation. There are two main campuses in Daytona Beach, FL and Prescott, AZ and 150 small locations worldwide. Students can also take classes online from the comfort of home. The school offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees, eight of which are ranked in the 10 top money making degrees by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. When you combine that with the fact that more than 95% of students receive financial aid, it is clear that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a great value.

Academic reputation score: 78
Average financial aid: $9,621
Average net price: $34,731
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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University of Mary Washington
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Named after the mother of the U.S.A.’s first president, the University of Mary Washington is a public liberal arts and science university in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The campus is within an hour’s drive from both Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. Academics at UMW are rooted in the liberal arts and sciences with more than 40 majors and programs of study. The school has 4,831 students, 4,383 of whom are undergraduate students. With small and interactive classes, professors at the University of Mary Washington hope to promote intellectual growth while instilling honor and integrity.

Academic reputation score: 75
Average financial aid: $6,033
Average net price: $15,218
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Bellarmine University
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The lush, 144-acre campus of Bellarmine University is located just outside of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Bellarmine is a private, Catholic school that strives to instill academic excellence and ethical awareness. The school has a total enrollment of 3,422, of which 2,550 are undergraduate students. Students can choose among more than 50 undergraduate degrees and over 10 graduate degrees. Bellarmine student athletes play 19 varsity sports in NCAA Division II, plus NCAA Division I lacrosse. The ethos of Bellarmine University has been heavily influenced by the Catholic monk, Thomas Merton who valued cross-cultural and interfaith awareness and diversity, sought after truth and the nature of humanity, and advocated for peace and social justice.

Academic reputation score: 71
Average financial aid: $22,309
Average net price: $24,066
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Union University
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Union University is a private Christian school with its main campus in Jackson, TN. There are extension campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville. Founded in 1823, Union is the oldest institution that is affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination. The school has over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 44 states and 33 countries. Class sizes are small, with a 11:1 student to faculty ratio. Union offers a wide range of bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral programs. The most common majors at Union are in the areas of health professions and education.

Academic reputation score: 75
Average financial aid: $17,486
Average net price: $22,514
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Christian Brothers University
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Founded in 1871, Christian Brothers University is a private university that is affiliated with the Catholic teaching order called the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The campus is located in Memphis, TN. The 1,584 students choose among approximately 30 undergraduate degrees and approximately 10 graduate degrees. Even though the school is Catholic, there is no faith requirement to attend the school. Only 21% of students consider themselves Catholic. With 95% of the student receiving some form of financial aid, this school proves to be a great value.

Academic reputation score: 64
Average financial aid: $19,701
Average net price: $13,748
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Loyola University
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Located in the vibrant and culturally rich city of New Orleans, Loyola University is a private school that is affiliated with Jesuit order of the Catholic church. The school has an 11:1 student to faculty ratio and 78 degree and professional programs. There are 3,010 undergraduates, 909 graduate students, 136 doctoral students, 709 law students, and 100 continuing education students. A few of the many Jesuit values that shape the ethos of the school are an affirmation of the goodness of the world, special dedication to the growth of the whole person, the formation of learning communities, the nurturing of critical thinking, and the development of servant minded citizens.

Academic reputation score: 79
Average financial aid: $21,008
Average net price: $24,431
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Appalachian State University
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Appalachian State University is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and located in the town of Boone. In the fall of 2013 the school had 16,025 undergraduate students and 1,813 graduate students. The school offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate major programs through its College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Walker College of Business, Reich College of Education, University College, Hayes School of Music, College of Health Sciences and Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. Appalachian State also offers one doctorate in the field of education. The mission of the university is to nurture global citizens who create sustainable futures.

Academic reputation score: 79
Average financial aid: $7,237
Average net price: $8,874
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Samford University
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Founded as Howard College in 1841, Samford University is a private, coeducational university in Homewood, Alabama. The school is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention and sits on 180 acres in a suburb of Birmingham. There are 3,013 undergraduate students and 1,820 graduate students enrolled in Samford. Samford offers 25 undergraduate and graduate degrees including but not limited to a Law School and a Divinity School. The most popular undergraduate degrees are in the areas of business and health professions.

Academic reputation score: 90
Average financial aid: $12,161
Average net price: $24,734
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Elon University
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Elon University was founded in 1889 and is located in Elon, North Carolina. The 620 acre campus is regularly voted one of the most beautiful in the nation. In fact,the campus includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest and has portions that are designated as a botanical garden. There are 5,599 undergraduate students and 706 graduate students enrolled in this private school. Elon has more than 60 undergraduate majors and a handful of graduate degrees including one in Law.

Academic reputation score: 100
Average financial aid: $10,722
Average net price: $29,749
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James Madison University
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Originally founded as a women’s college in 1908, James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Now a coeducational university, JMU has 18,431 students enrolled in undergraduate studies as well as 1,750 students enrolled in graduate studies. The school has 71 undergraduate degrees, 34 graduate degrees, and eight doctoral programs. High graduation rates and low costs makes James Madison University one of the best values in public universities.

Academic reputation score: 84
Average financial aid: $7,012
Average net price: $14,024
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Stetson University
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Stetson University sits on 175 acres in DeLand, Florida, with a second campus in Gulfport. The school has 2,500 undergraduate students and 1,400 graduate students. With 73 academic programs and a 12:1 student to faculty ratio, students will have a large range of options and personalized learning environments. Although the school is relatively small, it has 15 intercollegiate women’s and men’s sports in NCAA Division 1.

Academic reputation score: 87
Average financial aid: $26,814
Average net price: $20,943
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The Citadel
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The Military College of South Carolina, known as the Citadel, is located in Charleston, South Carolina. There are approximately 3,598 students, known as the Corps of Cadets. They hail from 45 states and a dozen countries and are 96% male and 4% female. Education at the Citadel follows a classical military system that makes leadership and character development an essential part of the educational experience. The school offers 20 undergraduate majors and 29 masters degrees. Students who graduate from the Citadel are not required to join the armed forces.

Academic reputation score: 88
Average financial aid: $11,815
Average net price: $15,218
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Mercer University
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Located in Macon, Georgia, Mercer University is a private university that was founded by Baptists 1833. The university has over 130 undergraduate degree programs, some of which are offered in multiple cities and online. There are 4,425 undergraduate students, 2,127 graduate students, and 1,809 professional students. While no longer affiliated with the Baptist denomination, Mercer is committed to high quality academics that affirm the values of the Judeo-Christian understanding of the world.

Academic reputation score: 82
Average financial aid: $27,784
Average net price: $17,581
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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Rollins College
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Rollins College is a private, 4 year university with a student population of 2,608 undergraduate students and 545 graduate students. The stunning campus is positioned along the banks of Lake Virginia in Winter Park, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. The college has over 30 majors and six graduate programs. With a 10:1 student to faculty ratio, students are guaranteed to get the attention they need to succeed.

Academic reputation score: 100
Average financial aid: $25,707
Average net price: $29,393
Average starting salary: PayScale.com
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