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Best Regional Colleges – South
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

May 29, 2019
Best Regional Colleges South 2019

The Consensus Best Regional Colleges-South brings the College Consensus method to a ranking of colleges that provide top-tier undergraduate education in the South. College Consensus uses a combination of officially published rankings and verified student reviews to generate an aggregate rankings of the best the South has to offer. Prospective Southern college students need look no further for the full picture of the south’s college opportunities.

How Do We Rank the Best Regional Colleges in the South?

College Consensus takes the long view, aggregating rankings and reviews from across the internet for a total ranking. Published reviews from influential commentators like U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and WalletHub comes first, forming the Publisher Rating. Then, legitimate student reviews from sites like Niche and Unigo come together to set the Student Review Rating. These two average together to set the College Consensus. Read more about our rankings methodology and sources at our about page.

The Best Regional Colleges-South ranking puts the spotlight on the smaller regional colleges that provide the grassroots foundations of higher education. Regional colleges offer associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, usually in career and professional fields, and usually at affordable rates. That means regional colleges do the grunt work of educating a middle-class workforce, and in the South, that often means helping rehabilitate rural and industrial areas. From nursing and healthcare to computer science and technology, regional colleges get people working.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

The College Consensus takes a higher perspective on the college ranking landscape, and in the Consensus, the playing field is leveled. Every ranking has its focus, and every student review has its bias, but in the Consensus, every voice gets its due. That means that the much-loved but less prominent regional colleges has as much opportunity to shine as the most famous research university. For the Best Regional Colleges in the South, it means the schools that make a difference in students’ lives get the recognition they deserve.

The Consensus Best Regional Colleges-South are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.

1

High Point University
High Point, NC

High Point University
69.9
College Consensus
64
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

2

Barton College
Wilson, NC

Barton College
69.2
College Consensus
65.6
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

3

Huntingdon College
Montgomery, AL

Huntingdon College
68.8
College Consensus
60.1
Publisher Consensus
77.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

4

University of the Ozarks
Clarksville, AR

ozarks
68.3
College Consensus
64
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

5

University of Mobile
Mobile, AL

University of Mobile
67.6
College Consensus
56.2
Publisher Consensus
79.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

6

Newberry College
Newberry, SC

newberry
66.8
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

7

Kentucky Wesleyan College
Owensboro, KY

Kentucky Wesleyan College
66.5
College Consensus
57.9
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

8

Tennessee Wesleyan University
Athens, TN

twc
66.2
College Consensus
57.9
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

9

Coker College
Hartsville, SC

Coker College
65.3
College Consensus
62.6
Publisher Consensus
68
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

10

University of South Carolina-Aiken
Aiken, SC

University South Carolina Aiken
64.8
College Consensus
54.7
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

11

Brescia University
Owensboro, KY

brescia University
64.7
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

12

Reinhardt University
Waleska, GA

Reinhardt University
64.1
College Consensus
49.8
Publisher Consensus
78.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

13

Truett McConnell University
Cleveland, GA

Truett McConnell College
63.8
College Consensus
42.8
Publisher Consensus
84.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

14

Flagler College-St Augustine
Saint Augustine, FL

Flagler College
63.5
College Consensus
60.7
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

15

Shorter University
Rome, GA

Shorter University
63.3
College Consensus
53.9
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

16

Catawba College
Salisbury, NC

Catawba College
63.2
College Consensus
57.5
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

17

Lander University
Greenwood, SC

Lander University
63
College Consensus
47.4
Publisher Consensus
78.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

18

Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, NC

Belmont Abbey College
62.7
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

19

Averett University
Danville, VA

Averett University
62.5
College Consensus
58.2
Publisher Consensus
66.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

20

Alderson Broaddus University
Philippi, WV

Alderson Broaddus University
62.3
College Consensus
51.2
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

21

Alice Lloyd College
Pippa Passes, KY

Alice Lloyd
62.3
College Consensus
62.5
Publisher Consensus
62.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

22

University of South Carolina-Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

University of South Carolina Upstate
62.1
College Consensus
51.3
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

23

University of Mount Olive
Mount Olive, NC

University of Mount Olive
61.9
College Consensus
56.9
Publisher Consensus
66.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

24

Point University
West Point, GA

Point University
61.5
College Consensus
47.7
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

25

University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Bluffton, SC

University of South Carolina Beaufort
61.3
College Consensus
46.4
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

26

Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls, GA

Toccoa Falls College
61.2
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

27

Glenville State College
Glenville, WV

Glenville State
60.8
College Consensus
45
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

28

Greensboro College
Greensboro, NC

Greensboro College
60.2
College Consensus
55
Publisher Consensus
65.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

29

Oakwood University
Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University
60
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

30

Kentucky Christian University
Grayson, KY

Kentucky Christian University
59.7
College Consensus
44.3
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

31

Warner University
Lake Wales, FL

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59.2
College Consensus
45.2
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

32

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR

pine bluf UA
59.1
College Consensus
49.1
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

33

Ferrum College
Ferrum, VA

Ferrum College
58.9
College Consensus
48.4
Publisher Consensus
69.4
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

34

Central Baptist College
Conway, AR

Central Baptist College
58.1
College Consensus
43
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

35

Bluefield College
Bluefield, VA

Bluefield College
57.9
College Consensus
42.5
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

36

North Carolina Wesleyan College
Rocky Mount, NC

north Carolina Wesleyan College
57.5
College Consensus
50
Publisher Consensus
65
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

37

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY

Kentucky State University
56.1
College Consensus
53.1
Publisher Consensus
59.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

38

West Liberty University
West Liberty, WV

west lib
55.8
College Consensus
43
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

39

Chowan University
Murfreesboro, NC

Chowan University
55.7
College Consensus
42.4
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

40

Limestone College
Gaffney, SC

Limestone College
55.5
College Consensus
46.7
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

41

Bluefield State College
Bluefield, WV

bluefield state
54.3
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

42

Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC

Mars Hill University
53.9
College Consensus
46.1
Publisher Consensus
61.6
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

43

Saint Augustine’s University
Raleigh, NC

Saint Augustines University
51.2
College Consensus
37.4
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019

44

Webber International University
Babson Park, FL

Webber International University
51.1
College Consensus
41.3
Publisher Consensus
60.9
Student Consensus
Accessed May, 2019