The Best Southern Small Colleges

The Best Small Colleges in the South for 2022

These are the top ranked small, public and private, four-year colleges in the South as ranked by CollegeSimply. These schools all have undergraduate enrollment under 3,000. Small colleges allow students a more intimate and personalized experience where it's more likely you will get to know your professors. Leading the list for 2022 is Washington and Lee University. Learn how the Best Small Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


113 results

Washington and Lee University
W
Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 2,183enrollment
  • $27,148net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1500SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,983enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX
Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,677enrollment
  • $31,141net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Sewanee The University of the South
S
Sewanee, TN
Sewanee The University of the South

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,800enrollment
  • $36,244net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1340SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Furman University
F
Greenville, SC
Furman University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,567enrollment
  • $37,761net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1400SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.62Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Rhodes College
R
Memphis, TN
Rhodes College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,875enrollment
  • $29,852net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

St Mary's College of Maryland
S
St. Mary's City, MD
St Mary's College of Maryland

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Maryland

  • 1,508enrollment
  • $20,237net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Virginia Military Institute
V
Lexington, VA
Virginia Military Institute

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 1,698enrollment
  • $18,969net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1260SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Centre College
C
Danville, KY
Centre College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Kentucky

  • 1,333enrollment
  • $22,748net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1340SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Oklahoma City University
O
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Oklahoma

  • 2,617enrollment
  • $25,072net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1263SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Austin College
A
Sherman, TX
Austin College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Texas

  • 1,302enrollment
  • $24,085net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Eastern Mennonite University
E
Harrisonburg, VA
Eastern Mennonite University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 1,394enrollment
  • $22,766net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 980-1230SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of Dallas
D
Irving, TX
University of Dallas

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 2,489enrollment
  • $27,450net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.9Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
N
Socorro, NM
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in New Mexico

  • 1,686enrollment
  • $14,834net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1370SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

John Brown University
J
Siloam Springs, AR
John Brown University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Arkansas

  • 2,343enrollment
  • $21,578net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Southwestern University
S
Georgetown, TX
Southwestern University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 1,506enrollment
  • $29,830net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1300SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
N
Winston-Salem, NC
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 1,070enrollment
  • $11,940net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Birmingham Southern College
B
Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Southern College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Alabama

  • 1,129enrollment
  • $21,474net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1190SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1