Top Rated Southeast Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in the Southeast for 2024

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in the Southeast. Leading the rankings for 2024 as the highest ranked private college in the Southeast is Duke University. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


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John Brown University
J
Siloam Springs, AR

John Brown University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Arkansas

  • 2,459enrollment
  • $21,578net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Goucher College
G
Baltimore, MD

Goucher College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Private Colleges in Maryland

  • 1,917enrollment
  • $29,659net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1086-1360SAT range
  • 26-30ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Hendrix College
H
Conway, AR

Hendrix College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,120enrollment
  • $20,778net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1340SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Florida Institute of Technology
F
Melbourne, FL

Florida Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 7,830enrollment
  • $33,313net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1340SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach
E
Daytona Beach, FL

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 9,593enrollment
  • $36,906net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA

Lipscomb University
L
Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 4,778enrollment
  • $26,421net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1270SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Birmingham Southern College
B
Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Southern College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Alabama

  • 1,058enrollment
  • $21,474net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1240SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Belmont University
B
Nashville, TN

Belmont University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 8,696enrollment
  • $34,368net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1340SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Berry College
B
Mount Berry, GA

Berry College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 2,303enrollment
  • $24,605net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1316SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Queens University of Charlotte
Q
Charlotte, NC

Queens University of Charlotte

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 2,063enrollment
  • $25,756net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1238SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.41Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Sep 7

Meredith College
M
Raleigh, NC

Meredith College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,711enrollment
  • $25,357net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1098-1273SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Bellarmine University
B
Louisville, KY

Bellarmine University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Kentucky

  • 3,149enrollment
  • $24,425net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1280SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Florida Southern College
F
Lakeland, FL

Florida Southern College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 3,386enrollment
  • $27,091net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1335SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Spelman College
S
HBCU
Atlanta, GA

Spelman College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 2,417enrollment
  • $43,920net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1200SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Presbyterian College
P
Clinton, SC

Presbyterian College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,231enrollment
  • $21,959net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1220SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Sep 21

William Carey University
W
Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Mississippi

  • 5,738enrollment
  • $14,834net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 980-1320SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.46Estimated Avg GPA

Ouachita Baptist University
O
Arkadelphia, AR

Ouachita Baptist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Arkansas

  • 1,764enrollment
  • $20,534net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Nova Southeastern University
N
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 20,898enrollment
  • $26,317net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1310SAT range
  • 20-30ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA