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162 Colleges for A/B/C Students to Check Out



Attention U.S. families! Looking for some colleges to help ease your fears about “being admitted” and “being able to pay for college”? Here is a list of 162 colleges to investigate.


There are more A/B and A/B/C high school students than there are A+ students, right? And not every student does well with SAT or ACT testing. Here is a list of small private colleges that (a) admit some of their class (ranging from 1% to 50%) with at or below a 2.99 GPA, (b) are some form of test-optional, and (c) after gift/merit aid, cost most families somewhere between $10K and $35K (averaging $26K). Some more, some less of course. They do a great job with helping to make college affordable for families of all income levels. Most of these have fewer than 3,500 full time undergraduate students (average enrollment =1,800). Note: close to half of these colleges also offer some full tuition scholarships to students who are A/A+ students (sometimes without having to submit test scores). These are noted by a“/” symbol. Many of them also offer performing arts scholarships (such as Music, Art, Theatre, or Dance) without having to major in the arts. These are noted by a “=” symbol. The forty-two colleges featured on this website are all on this list.


This list is not intended to be an endorsement, nor can I guarantee its accuracy (admission and aid policies change from year to year), but it is at least a good place to start in your search for an affordable small college.


University of Mobile AL

Lyon College/= AR

University of the Ozarks AR

University of Advancing Tech AZ

Fresno Pacific University/= CA

Hope International University CA

La Sierra University CA

University of La Verne CA

Vanguard U of Southern California= CA

Goodwin University CT

Gallaudet University DC

Trinity Washington University= DC

Flagler College FL

Florida Southern College/ FL

Stetson University/= FL

Warner University/ FL

Point University= GA

Wesleyan College/ GA

Buena Vista University= IA

Central College/= IA

Cornell College= IA

Luther College= IA

Maharishi Intnl University IA

Mount Mercy University/= IA

Northwestern College= IA

Wartburg College= IA

Northwest Nazarene University= ID

Augustana College= IL

Aurora University/= IL

Blackburn College IL

Elmhurst University IL

Greenville University= IL

Illinois College/= IL

Lewis University/= IL

Millikin University/ IL

Monmouth College/= IL

Moody Bible Institute IL

Morrison Institute of Technol IL

National-Louis University IL

North Central College IL

North Park University= IL

University of St. Francis IL

Earlham College IN

Franklin College/= IN

Goshen College= IN

Indiana Tech/ IN

Indiana Wesleyan Univ-Marion IN

Manchester University/= IN

Marian University/= IN

Trine University/= IN

Valparaiso University= IN

Friends University= KS

University of Saint Mary/= KS

Georgetown College/= KY

Midway University= KY

University of the Cumberlands KY

Loyola University New Orleans/= LA

University of Holy Cross/ LA

Xavier University of Louisiana/ LA

Bay Path University/ MA

Springfield College MA

McDaniel College/ MD

Husson University ME

Albion College= MI

Alma College/= MI

Cornerstone University= MI

Lawrence Tech University/ MI

Madonna University= MI

Northwood University MI

Spring Arbor University= MI

Concordia College--Moorhead= MN

Concordia University--St. Paul= MN

Saint Catherine University/ MN

Saint Mary's University MN= MN

St. John's University= MN

The College of St. Scholastica= MN

Univ of Northwestern-St Paul= MN

Cottey College/= MO

Drury University/= MO

Ranken Technical College MO

Southwest Baptist University/= MO

Stephens College MO

Webster University/ MO

Rocky Mountain College= MT

Catawba College/= NC

Lees-McRae College/ NC

Mars Hill University= NC

Meredith College/ NC

Clarkson College NE

College of Saint Mary NE

Concordia University -Nebraska= NE

Hastings College/= NE

Midland University= NE

Nebraska Wesleyan University NE

Union College Nebraska NE

D'Youville College NY

Le Moyne College NY

Manhattan College NY

Niagara University NY

Roberts Wesleyan University/= NY

St. Bonaventure University NY

Antioch College OH

Ashland University= OH

Baldwin Wallace University OH

Capital University/ OH

Franklin University OH

John Carroll University OH

Muskingum University= OH

Otterbein University/= OH

University of Mount Union/= OH

Ursuline College= OH

Walsh University= OH

Mid-America Christian University/ OK

Gannon University/= PA

Geneva College PA

Gwynedd Mercy University/ PA

Holy Family University PA

Lycoming College= PA

Misericordia University/ PA

Moravian University PA

Saint Vincent College/ PA

Susquehanna University= PA

Westminster College PA

York College of Pennsylvania/ PA

Charleston Southern University= SC

Columbia International Univers SC

Southern Wesleyan University= SC

Augustana University= SD

Christian Brothers University TN

Maryville College/= TN

Southern Adventist University/= TN

Trevecca Nazarene University/= TN

Hardin-Simmons University/= TX

Houston Christian University= TX

Howard Payne University/ TX

Southwestern Adventist University/= TX

Texas Lutheran University= TX

Texas Wesleyan University= TX

University of St. Thomas - TX/ TX

Emory and Henry College= VA

Roanoke College VA

Sweet Briar College/= VA

University of Lynchburg= VA

Norwich Military University VT

Northwest University= WA

Saint Martin's University WA

Walla Walla University WA

Alverno College/ WI

Beloit College= WI

Carroll University/= WI

Carthage College/= WI

Concordia University-Wisconsin= WI

Edgewood College WI

Maranatha Baptist University WI

Mount Mary University/ WI

Northland College WI

Ripon College= WI

Saint Norbert College= WI

Viterbo University/= WI

Wisconsin Lutheran College= WI

Davis and Elkins College= WV

West Virginia Wesleyan College= WV


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