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

Converse College
C
Spartanburg, SC
Converse College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,377enrollment
  • $25,534net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.89Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

Louisiana College
L
Pineville, LA
Louisiana College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Louisiana

  • 1,153enrollment
  • $14,625net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 940-1120SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.25Avg Weighted GPA

Spalding University
S
Louisville, KY
 
Spalding University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

  • 1,596enrollment
  • $23,003net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 896-1103SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Oglethorpe University
O
Atlanta, GA
Oglethorpe University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 1,452enrollment
  • $22,623net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1280SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Columbia International University
C
Columbia, SC
 
Columbia International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,098enrollment
  • $18,651net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 940-1150SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.34Avg GPA

Applications Due May 30

Ave Maria University
A
Ave Maria, FL
Ave Maria University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 1,108enrollment
  • $19,226net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1018-1240SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

McMurry University
M
Abilene, TX
McMurry University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 1,094enrollment
  • $20,963net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 940-1130SAT range
  • 18-22ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Hardin Simmons University
H
Abilene, TX
Hardin Simmons University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 2,128enrollment
  • $21,567net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 960-1150SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Lubbock Christian University
L
Lubbock, TX
Lubbock Christian University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 1,664enrollment
  • $24,745net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 970-1163SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Life University
L
Marietta, GA
Life University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 2,761enrollment
  • $28,379net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 910-1060SAT range
  • 18-21ACT range
  • 3.15Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio
O
San Antonio, TX
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#21 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 2,771enrollment
  • $18,671net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 890-1060SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Brenau University
B
Gainesville, GA
Brenau University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 2,813enrollment
  • $21,715net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 930-1160SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.39Avg Weighted GPA

Methodist University
M
Fayetteville, NC
 
Methodist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,773enrollment
  • $31,730net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 935-1135SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

North Greenville University
N
Tigerville, SC
North Greenville University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,280enrollment
  • $20,627net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 950-1210SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 30

West Virginia Wesleyan College
W
Buckhannon, WV
 
West Virginia Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Private Colleges in West Virginia

  • 1,066enrollment
  • $19,843net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 880-1090SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Coppin State University
C
HBCU
Baltimore, MD
Coppin State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 2,348enrollment
  • $9,303net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 820-970SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 2.62Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Southern Wesleyan University
S
Central, SC
 
Southern Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,345enrollment
  • $18,614net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1100SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Mary Baldwin College
M
Staunton, VA
Mary Baldwin College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 2,110enrollment
  • $18,741net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 940-1120SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA