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Best Regional Universities – South
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2018

Top Colleges Consensus Ranked

The Consensus Best Regional Universities-South uses the College Consensus method to guide students to the regional institutions that have made their mark, in both published rankings, and in students’ reviews. As an aggregate ranking, the Consensus helps students see the big picture, pulling together rankings and reviews from all over the internet to rank the South’s most-loved and most trusted universities.

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

The College Consensus is made up of two broad categories. For the Publisher Rating, we gather all of a school’s published rankings from sites including Times Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, and Wallethub, for a full picture of rankings. For the Student Review Rating, we comb reputable review sites like Unigo and Niche for all of the reviews a school has earned. We then combine those scores for the overall College Consensus.

The Consensus Best Regional Universities-South applies this method to the Southern universities classified as having a regional mission. These are Carnegie Classification master’s universities that offer undergraduate and graduate programs that have a primarily regional, rather than national, reach. These are the universities training the South’s professional workforce, from healthcare to business, and often doing it at an affordable cost. The best regional universities are a crucial part of life in the South, especially for rural areas.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

Since the College Consensus gets its numbers from a variety of sources, a Consensus ranking is the most comprehensive, least biased out there. Our method makes sure that all the players in higher education get their say – not just administrators, faculty, and expert observers, but the students on the ground and online actually experiencing it. That means the College Consensus is a ranking all its own, giving future and current students a unique perspective on the higher education scene. Read more about our rankings methodology and sources at our about page.

The Consensus Best Regional Universities-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

Elon University

73.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
70
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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2

Rollins College

71.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
69
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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3

James Madison University

70.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
63.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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4

Samford University

69.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
65
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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5

Appalachian State University

68.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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6

Harding University

68.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
60.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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7

John Brown University

67.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.8
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
80.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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8

Western Carolina University

66.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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9

Stetson University

66.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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10

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

65.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
62
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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11

Christopher Newport University

65.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.6
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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11

Asbury University

65.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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13

Berry College

65.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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13

Eastern Mennonite University

65.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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15

Columbia International University

65.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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16

Loyola University New Orleans

65.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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16

Bryan College-Dayton

65.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
53.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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18

University of North Carolina Wilmington

65.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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18

Mississippi University for Women

65.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
78.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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20

College of Charleston

65
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
55.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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21

Winthrop University

64.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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22

University of Mary Washington

64.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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23

Georgia College and State University

64.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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23

Longwood University

64.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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23

Wingate University

64.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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23

William Carey University

64.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
55.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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27

Belmont University

63.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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28

University of Montevallo

63.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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29

Lynchburg College

63.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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30

Anderson University (SC)

63.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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30

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

63.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
52
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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32

Xavier University of Louisiana

63.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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32

Columbia College (SC)

63.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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34

Brenau University

63.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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35

Piedmont College

62.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
53.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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36

Arkansas State University-Main Campus

62.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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37

Lincoln Memorial University

62.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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38

Freed-Hardeman University

62.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
53
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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39

Florida Southern College

62.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
52.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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40

Campbell University

62.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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40

Palm Beach Atlantic University

62.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
52
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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42

Coastal Carolina University

62.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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42

West Virginia Wesleyan College

62.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
52
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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44

Bellarmine University

61.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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44

Lee University

61.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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46

Hampton University

61.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
63.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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47

The University of Tampa

61.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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48

Jacksonville State University

61.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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49

University of North Alabama

61.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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50

Marshall University

61
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
53
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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51

Nicholls State University

60.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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51

Thomas More College

60.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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53

Morehead State University

60.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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53

Montreat College

60.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
44.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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55

Queens University of Charlotte

60.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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55

Converse College

60.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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55

King University

60.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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58

Murray State University

59.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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59

Alcorn State University

59.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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60

North Greenville University

59.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
44.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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61

University of Central Arkansas

59.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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62

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

59.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
60.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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63

Western Kentucky University

58.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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63

Austin Peay State University

58.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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63

Campbellsville University

58.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
41.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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66

Mississippi College

58.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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67

University of North Florida

58.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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67

University of Charleston

58.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
67.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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67

Henderson State University

58.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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70

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

58.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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71

Tuskegee University

58.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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72

Christian Brothers University

58.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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73

Francis Marion University

57.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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74

Marymount University

57.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
64
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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74

North Carolina Central University

57.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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76

Auburn University at Montgomery

57.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
44
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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76

St Thomas University

57.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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78

Florida Gulf Coast University

57.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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78

University of North Georgia

57.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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80

Charleston Southern University

57
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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80

Elizabeth City State University

57
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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82

Wheeling Jesuit University

56.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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82

McNeese State University

56.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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82

Pfeiffer University

56.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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85

Carson-Newman University

56.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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86

Faulkner University

55.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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87

Virginia State University

55.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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88

Methodist University

55.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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89

Eastern Kentucky University

55.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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90

Mary Baldwin University

55.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
44
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.6
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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91

Tusculum College

54.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
63.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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91

Winston-Salem State University

54.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Accessed April, 2018

93

Northern Kentucky University

54.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Accessed April, 2018

94

Louisiana College

54.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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95

Columbus State University

54.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
64.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Accessed April, 2018

96

Albany State University

54
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Accessed April, 2018

97

Lynn University

53.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
38.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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97

Cumberland University

53.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
64.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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99

Troy University

53
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
36.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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