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Great Colleges for So-So Students

How to get into good colleges with a few B's.


If you are starting your senior year and have a transcript that's not ideal, don't freak out: you can still gain admission to an excellent college. Sure, super selective colleges will be a big reach, but there are quality schools that are significantly less selective.


As a B student, you might have trouble getting into schools in the top 50 on the US News and Forbes rankings lists; however, you might have a decent chance of getting into a school in the top 100. Considering there are over 3,000 four-year colleges in the U.S., the #100 college is still better than over 99% of colleges in the US.


GPA matters! 75% of colleges believe that overall GPA and grades in college prep courses are considerably important admission factors. Meanwhile, test scores from the ACT, SAT, etc., are deemed considerably important by only about 46% of colleges surveyed. This indicates that grades are by far one of the most important factors in college admission.


Fortunately, colleges take many factors into account when determining admissions, including grades, classes, SAT, ACT, extracurriculars, recommendations, and the personal statement. If you apply to the right colleges, not even a weak GPA will hold you back!


List of the Best Colleges for B Students

Here are the ranges for GPA and other items on our list:

• Average GPA: 3.33 to 3.90

• Average SAT Score: 1185 to 1340

• Average ACT Score: 25 to 30


Ranking is from US News & World Report

School

Location

Overall Rank

Fall 2022 Acceptance Rate

SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile






East Lansing, MI

#60 (tie)

88%

1100-1340

Milwaukee, WI

#86 (tie)

87%

26-31

Tampa, FL

#89 (tie)

44%

1140-1330

Iowa City, IA

#93 (tie)

86%

22-28

Ames, IA

#115 (tie)

90%

21-28

Miami, FL

#124 (tie)

64%

1060-1250

Columbia, MO

#124 (tie)

79%

23-30

Norman, OK

#124 (tie)

73%

23-29

Elon, NC

#133 (tie)

74%

1170-1360

Oxford, OH

#133 (tie)

88%

24-29

Dayton, OH

#133 (tie)

74%

23-30

Houston, TX

#133 (tie)

66%

1160-1330

Birmingham, AL

#142 (tie)

87%

23-30

Cincinnati, OH

#142 (tie)

86%

24-29

Fort Collins, CO

#151 (tie)

91%

1070-1290

Chicago, IL

#151 (tie)

70%

1070-1300

Houghton, MI

#151 (tie)

86%

1130-1350

Lawrence, KS

#151 (tie)

88%

21-28

Lexington, KY

#159 (tie)

95%

21-28

Lincoln, NE

#159 (tie)

79%

22-28

University, MS

#163 (tie)

97%

22-29

St. Paul, MN

#163 (tie)

78%

21-28

Manhattan, KS

#170 (tie)

95%

20-27

Des Moines, IA

#178 (tie)

67%

25-30

Athens, OH

#178 (tie)

87%

22-27

Fayetteville, AR

#178 (tie)

79%

21-29

Charlotte, NC

#178 (tie)

80%

20-26

Peoria, IL

#185 (tie)

75%

1050-1280

Baton Rouge, LA

#185 (tie)

76%

23-28

Stillwater, OK

#185 (tie)

71%

20-27

Birmingham, AL

#185 (tie)

83%

23-29

Moscow, ID

#185 (tie)

74%

990-1250

Tulsa, OK

#195 (tie)

69%

21-30

Cincinnati, OH

#201 (tie)

84%

23-30

Boca Raton, FL

#209 (tie)

81%

1020-1200

Mississippi State, MS

#216 (tie)

70%

21-29

Laramie, WY

#216 (tie)

96%

20-27

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

#227 (tie)

76%

1040-1310

Nashville, TN

#236 (tie)

96%

24-30

St. Paul, MN

#236 (tie)

72%

20-28

Nashville, TN

#236 (tie)

71%

23-30

Grand Forks, ND

#236 (tie)

83%

20-26

Cookeville, TN

#249 (tie)

77%

21-27

Jackson, TN

#249 (tie)

53%

23-30

La Crosse, WI

#249 (tie)

82%

21-26

St. Louis, MO

#260 (tie)

51%

20-26

Melbourne, FL

#269 (tie)

64%

1120-1320

Kansas City, MO

#269 (tie)

69%

21-30

Bowling Green, OH

#280 (tie)

79%

20-25

San Marcos, TX

#280 (tie)

88%

980-1180

San Antonio, TX

#280 (tie)

87%

1010-1220

Toledo, OH

#280 (tie)

92%

21-28

Fort Myers, FL

#304 (tie)

74%

1040-1200

Searcy, AR

#304 (tie)

45%

20-28

Ruston, LA

#304 (tie)

82%

22-28

Kalamazoo, MI

#304 (tie)

85%

990-1220

Abilene, TX

#320 (tie)

66%

1030-1250

Findlay, OH

#332 (tie)

86%

20-26

Brookville, NY

#369 (tie)

93%

1100-1330

Berea, KY

#30 (tie)

25%

23-27

Crawfordsville, IN

#59 (tie)

61%

1122-1320

Decatur, GA

#63 (tie)

67%

1130-1350

St. Joseph, MN

#73 (tie)

88%

20-27

Notre Dame, IN

#82 (tie)

84%

1030-1270

Washington, PA

#89 (tie)

88%

1010-1250

Sherman, TX

#93 (tie)

55%

1130-1360

De Pere, WI

#93 (tie)

84%

21-27

Rock Island, IL

#100 (tie)

61%

1020-1250

Richmond, IN

#100 (tie)

73%

1130-1380

Ashland, VA

#107 (tie)

85%

1020-1220

Selinsgrove, PA

#107 (tie)

88%

1088-1280

Mount Vernon, IA

#116 (tie)

79%

23-30

Lexington, KY

#121 (tie)

91%

23-29

Latrobe, PA

#124 (tie)

73%

1030-1250

Cedar Rapids, IA

#130 (tie)

72%

22-28

Birmingham, AL

#135 (tie)

57%

22-29

Waverly, IA

#156 (tie)

97%

19-25

Mankato, MN

#159 (tie)

58%

20-25

Arkadelphia, AR

#178 (tie)

72%

21-29

Indianapolis, IN

82%

1110-1320

Bloomington, IL

42%

1120-1330

Providence, RI

#1 (tie)

53%

1260-1420

Winter Park, FL

50%

1120-1340

Boone, NC

83%

21-27

Helena, MT

78%

13-29

Point Lookout, MO

#3 (tie)

21%

20-25

Upland, IN

#3 (tie)

75%

1090-1310

Ewing, NJ

#4 (tie)

64%

1140-1350

Kirksville, MO

45%

23-29

Berea, OH

#6 (tie)

77%

20-27

Daytona Beach, FL

65%

1140-1340

Liberty, MO

#8 (tie)

41%

20-26

Lakeland, FL

#11 (tie)

57%

1160-1330

Cedar Falls, IA

#11 (tie)

95%

20-26

Marion, IN

#13 (tie)

87%

1000-1190

Siloam Springs, AR

#13 (tie)

58%

21-28

Evansville, IN

#13 (tie)

76%

1045-1300

Angola, IN

92%

1020-1250

Milligan, TN

67%

21-26

Sioux Falls, SD

#17 (tie)

66%

21-28

St. Bonaventure, NY

#17 (tie)

81%

1050-1220

Westerville, OH

84%

20-27

Cedarville, OH

#21 (tie)

65%

23-29

Duluth, MN

#21 (tie)

81%

22-28

Eau Claire, WI

#21 (tie)

85%

21-27

Wilmore, KY

#24 (tie)

96%

20-27

Naperville, IL

#24 (tie)

61%

1020-1240

Springfield, MO

#26 (tie)

63%

22-28

Rapid City, SD

#26 (tie)

83%

23-29

Loretto, PA

#30 (tie)

73%

1030-1240

Kenosha, WI

#32 (tie)

82%

20-26

St. Louis, MO

#32 (tie)

56%

20-27

Mechanicsburg, PA

#33 (tie)

79%

1090-1340

Socorro, NM

#34 (tie)

74%

1110-1320

Lincoln, NE

#38 (tie)

81%

22-27

Greensburg, PA

#39 (tie)

78%

1040-1240

Dahlonega, GA

#41 (tie)

69%

1010-1200

Orange City, IA

#43 (tie)

88%

20-25

St. Paul, MN

93%

21-28

Nampa, ID

#50 (tie)

88%

1000-1240

Grand Rapids, MI

#60 (tie)

82%

980-1230

Willimantic, CT

#69 (tie)

74%

980-1190

La Crosse, WI

#74 (tie)

72%

22-27



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