The Best Southern Small Colleges

The Best Small Colleges in the South for 2024

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 2024 is Washington and Lee University. Learn how the Best Small Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


123 results

Freed Hardeman University
F
Henderson, TN
 

Freed Hardeman University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,320enrollment
  • $17,350net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 985-1195SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
W
Montgomery, WV

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

  • 1,619enrollment
  • $10,151net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 920-1130SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Columbia International University
C
Columbia, SC
 

Columbia International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 2,338enrollment
  • $18,651net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 940-1135SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Montreat College
M
Montreat, NC
 

Montreat College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,013enrollment
  • $23,906net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1220SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
N
Alva, OK
 

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

  • 1,791enrollment
  • $10,747net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 850-1090SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Converse College
C
Spartanburg, SC

Converse College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,440enrollment
  • $25,534net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.89Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Southern Wesleyan University
S
Central, SC
 

Southern Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,300enrollment
  • $18,614net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 980-1168SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

West Virginia Wesleyan College
W
Buckhannon, WV
 

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Private Colleges in West Virginia

  • 1,054enrollment
  • $19,843net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 968-1180SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

West Liberty University
W
West Liberty, WV
 

West Liberty University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

  • 2,291enrollment
  • $13,812net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 890-1175SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Oklahoma Christian University
O
Edmond, OK

Oklahoma Christian University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Oklahoma

  • 2,181enrollment
  • $20,761net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1220SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Mississippi University for Women
M
Columbus, MS
 

Mississippi University for Women

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Mississippi

  • 2,477enrollment
  • $13,023net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 850-1180SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA

Carson Newman College
C
Jefferson City, TN
 

Carson Newman College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,835enrollment
  • $19,172net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 955-1135SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Toccoa Falls College
T
Toccoa Falls, GA

Toccoa Falls College

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 1,764enrollment
  • $22,359net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1180SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
M
HBCU
Princess Anne, MD

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 2,384enrollment
  • $15,633net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 840-1010SAT range
  • 16-19ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Schreiner University
S
Kerrville, TX

Schreiner University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#24 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 1,103enrollment
  • $25,771net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 970-1160SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

North Carolina Wesleyan College
N
Rocky Mount, NC
 

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,531enrollment
  • $16,772net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 860-1120SAT range
  • 15-21ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Johnson C Smith University
J
HBCU
Charlotte, NC

Johnson C Smith University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,166enrollment
  • $20,468net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 800-980SAT range
  • 13-18ACT range
  • 2.48Avg GPA

Shorter University
S
Rome, GA

Shorter University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 1,460enrollment
  • $17,463net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 960-1190SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 25