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

West Liberty University
W
West Liberty, WV
 
West Liberty University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

  • 2,481enrollment
  • $13,812net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 900-1120SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
W
Montgomery, WV
West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

  • 1,645enrollment
  • $10,151net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 900-1130SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Carson Newman College
C
Jefferson City, TN
 
Carson Newman College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

  • 2,911enrollment
  • $19,172net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 950-1130SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Faulkner University
F
Montgomery, AL
Faulkner University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Alabama

  • 2,961enrollment
  • $19,889net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1175SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.36Avg Weighted GPA

Barton College
B
Wilson, NC
 
Barton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,177enrollment
  • $24,111net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 930-1120SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
N
Alva, OK
 
Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

  • 1,833enrollment
  • $10,747net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 830-1090SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 10

Reinhardt University
R
Waleska, GA
Reinhardt University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 1,399enrollment
  • $22,645net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 940-1160SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA

Limestone University
L
Gaffney, SC
 
Limestone University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

  • 1,943enrollment
  • $24,967net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Applications Due Sep 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

  • 2,646enrollment
  • $15,633net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 840-1010SAT range
  • 16-19ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Schreiner University
S
Kerrville, TX
Schreiner University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#22 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 1,244enrollment
  • $25,771net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • 920-1160SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Midway University
M
Midway, KY
 
Midway University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

  • 1,381enrollment
  • $24,781net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 990-1170SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA

Shorter University
S
Rome, GA
Shorter University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 1,410enrollment
  • $17,463net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 950-1160SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.25Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Concordia University Texas
C
Austin, TX
Concordia University Texas

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#23 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 2,257enrollment
  • $26,362net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 980-1180SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 12

Southern Virginia University
S
Buena Vista, VA
Southern Virginia University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 1,140enrollment
  • $22,496net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 1137-1331SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.19Avg GPA

Mount Olive College
M
Mount Olive, NC
 
Mount Olive College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 2,536enrollment
  • $14,805net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 900-1110SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 2.85Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

North Carolina Wesleyan College
N
Rocky Mount, NC
 
North Carolina Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,720enrollment
  • $16,772net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 850-980SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Belmont Abbey College
B
Belmont, NC
Belmont Abbey College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,467enrollment
  • $22,333net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 970-1180SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

University of South Carolina Beaufort
S
Bluffton, SC
 
University of South Carolina Beaufort

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 2,006enrollment
  • $16,748net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 940-1110SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.93Avg GPA