Best Southern Colleges

Ranked list of Colleges and Universities in the South for 2023

There are 1311 colleges and universities in the South enrolling 7,263,200 students. Explore the list of top colleges in the South below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in South offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

The  South is home to nationally ranked institutions like Duke University, Rice University, Johns Hopkins University and Vanderbilt University. The highest ranked college in the South is Duke University and the top rated public state college is University of Virginia Main Campus.


1,311 results

List of the Best South Colleges

Duke University
D
Durham, NC

Duke University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in the South

  • 17,620enrollment
  • $26,932net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1468-1558SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

Rice University
R
Houston, TX

Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in the South

  • 8,285enrollment
  • $19,215net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1490-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Johns Hopkins University
J
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in the South

  • 32,049enrollment
  • $25,241net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1560SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

Vanderbilt University
V
Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in the South

  • 13,796enrollment
  • $25,804net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.89Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Emory University
E
Atlanta, GA

Emory University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in the South

  • 14,779enrollment
  • $25,672net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1540SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Washington and Lee University
W
Lexington, VA

Washington and Lee University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in the South

  • 2,238enrollment
  • $27,148net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1530SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC

Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in the South

  • 1,973enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

University of Richmond
R
University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in the South

  • 3,890enrollment
  • $25,700net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Virginia Main Campus
V
Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in the South

  • 26,005enrollment
  • $19,043net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1500SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

College of William and Mary
W
Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in the South

  • 9,517enrollment
  • $18,588net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

University of Miami
M
Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in the South

  • 19,096enrollment
  • $31,726net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX

Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in the South

  • 2,704enrollment
  • $31,141net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1468SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Southern Methodist University
S
Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in the South

  • 12,385enrollment
  • $41,444net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
N
Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in the South

  • 31,641enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1380SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.83Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Florida
F
Gainesville, FL

University of Florida

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in the South

  • 55,781enrollment
  • $10,075net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in the South

  • 51,991enrollment
  • $16,892net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1500SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

University of Maryland College Park
M
College Park, MD

University of Maryland College Park

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in the South

  • 41,272enrollment
  • $17,643net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.84Estimated Avg GPA

Sewanee The University of the South
S
Sewanee, TN

Sewanee The University of the South

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in the South

  • 1,820enrollment
  • $36,244net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1