Great Colleges for Students with "B" Averages

Plenty of Excellent Colleges Admit "B" Students. Here Are Some Top Picks.

You don't need straight "A" grades to get into a great college or university. The schools below all admit some students with grades in the "B" range. Keep in mind that these are not schools for weak students: "B" averages tend to be on the low end of the students who get in, and nearly all of these schools admit almost no students with "C" averages.

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Alfred University

Alfred University Steinheim
Alfred University Steinheim. Photo Credit: Allen Grove
  • Location: Alfred, New York
  • What Makes it Special?: high ranking for value; small class size; exceptional programs in ceramic art and ceramic engineering; membership in Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; feel of a small private college with the breadth of a comprehensive university
  • Admissions: A "B" average and 1000 on the SAT will put you on target for Alfred.
  • Learn More: Alfred University Profile
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Arcadia University

Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University
Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University. Five Furlongs / Flickr
  • Location: Glenside, Pennsylvania
  • What Makes it Special?: small classes; one of the best study abroad programs in the country; the historic landmark, Gray Towers Castle
  • Admissions: A "B" average and 1000 on the SAT will put you at the lower end of the admitted student range.
  • Learn More: Arcadia Universty Profile
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Beloit College

Middle College, Beloit College's First Building
Middle College, Beloit College's First Building. Robin Zebrowski / Flickr
  • Location: Beloit, Wisconsin
  • What Makes it Special?: small classes; excellent financial aid; two museums on campus; high percentage of alums earn a PhD; curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, fieldwork, interdisciplinary study and independent study
  • Admissions: SAT and ACT scores are optional. Successful applicants tend to have a "B" or higher GPA.
  • Learn More: Beloit College Profile
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Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham Southern College
Birmingham Southern College. goforchris / Flickr
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama
  • What Makes it Special?: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; top-ranked liberal arts college in Alabama; four-week January term for experiential learning; good grant aid; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions: A 21 on the ACT and a "B" average will be at the lower end of the range for admission.
  • Learn More: Birmingham-Southern College Profile
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Butler University

Butler University Irwin Library
Butler University Irwin Library. PALNI Libraries / Flickr
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • What Makes it Special?: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 20; good financial aid; attractive 290-acre campus; over 140 student organizations; Butler University Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League
  • Admissions: A "B" average is a little bit of a stretch for Butler (although some do get in), but a "B+" average and a 1050 on the SAT and 22 on the ACT will put you in the lower range for the school.
  • Learn More: Butler University Profile
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Champlain College

Champlain College
Champlain College. Nightspark / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Burlington, Vermont
  • What Makes it Special?: Beautiful location on Lake Champlain; innovative curriculum that weaves together the liberal arts with preprofessional training; good financial aid
  • Admissions: Some students get in with a "B" average and a 1000 SAT.
  • Learn More: Champlain College Profile
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College of Charleston

College of Charleston
College of Charleston. mogollon_1 / Flickr
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina
  • What Makes it Special?: historic town and rich history dating to 1770; 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; public liberal arts college; great value
  • Admissions: You'll need a "B" average and a 1000 on the SAT to be within the range of most admitted students.
  • Learn More: College of Charleston Profile
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Cornell College

Cornell College Campus
Cornell College Campus. courtesy of Cornell College
  • Location: Mount Vernon, Iowa
  • What Makes it Special?: creative one-class-at-a-time curriculum; attractive and historic campus; Phi Beta Kappa membership
  • Admissions: A "B" average and 20 on the ACT are at the lower end of the admitted student range.
  • Learn More: Cornell College Profile
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Eckerd College

Omega Complex at Eckerd College
Omega Complex at Eckerd College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • What Makes it Special?: waterfront campus near one of Florida's nicest beaches; good financial aid; strong programs in marine science and environmental studies; featured in Loren Pope's highly-regarded Colleges That Change Lives; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strong liberal arts and sciences
  • Admissions: A "B" average and 1000 combined SAT score will place you at the lower range of students who are admitted.
  • Learn More: Eckerd College Profile
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The Evergreen State College

A Festival at The Evergreen State College
A Festival at The Evergreen State College. Greg Dunlap / Flickr
  • Location: Olympia, Washington
  • What Makes it Special?: A+ rating by the Sierra Club for sustainability efforts; affordable public liberal arts college; innovative interdisciplinary curriculum with written evaluations, not grades
  • Admissions: A "B-" high school GPA and a 950 on the SAT (or 19 on the ACT) will put you in range for admission.
  • Learn More: The Evergreen State College Profile
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Flagler College

Flagler College - Ponce de Leon Hall
Flagler College - Ponce de Leon Hall. Photo by Allen Grove
  • Location: St. Augustine, Florida
  • What Makes it Special?: stunning campus architecture featuring the handiwork of Louis Tiffany, George Maynard, Virgilio Tojetti and Thomas Edison; major recent campus upgrades and expansions such as the new student center and total renovation of the art building; one of the top Florida colleges
  • Admissions: You'll want a 1000 or higher combined SAT score and a "B" average to be in range for admission. 
  • Learn More: Flagler College Profile
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Goucher College

Goucher College Athenaeum
Goucher College Athenaeum. Photo Credit: Allen Grove
  • Location: Towson, Maryland
  • What Makes it Special?: featured in Loren Pope's well-regarded Colleges That Change Lives; 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio;  chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; robust study abroad program with financial support for students; test-optional admissions; new $48 million Athenaeum with a state-of-the-art library, classrooms, an art gallery, the campus radio station, a forum for performances and discussions, a café, and many other spaces for enhancing student life
  • Admissions: SAT and ACT scores aren't required, but you'll want a "B" average at the minimum.
  • Learn More: Goucher College Profile
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Guilford College

Guilford College
Guilford College. Parkram412 / Wikipedia
  • Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
  • What Makes it Special?: featured in Loren Pope's well-regarded Colleges That Change Lives; ties to Quaker Friends; rich history as one of the first coeducational institutions in the country and as a station on the Underground Railroad; strong green efforts; excellent educational value; interesting interdisciplinary majors such as forensic biology, forensic accounting and peace studies
  • Admissions: While most admitted students are in the "B+" to "A" range, some get in with "B" and "B-" averages. SAT and ACT scores are optional.
  • Learn More: Guilford College Profile
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Ithaca College

Ithaca College
Ithaca College. Allen Grove
  • Location: Ithaca, New York
  • What Makes it Special?: close to Ithaca's vibrant cultural scene; well-regarded music and communications programs; strong business and science programs; high four-year graduation rate; stunning views of Lake Cayuga and Cornell University
  • Admissions: SAT and ACT scores are optional. A "B" average is at the bottom end of the range for admission.
  • Learn More: Ithaca College Profile
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Knox College

Knox College
Knox College. iagoarchangel / Flickr
  • Location: Galesburg, Illinois
  • What Makes it Special?: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; rich history that begins with its 1837 founding by anti-slavery reformers; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions: Almost all students admitted to Knox have "A" or "B" averages. The SAT and ACT are optional.
  • Learn More: Knox College Profile
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Fall Foliage at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Fall Foliage at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. *BPG* / Flickr
  • Location: North Adams, Massachusetts
  • What Makes it Special?: public liberal arts college -- excellent price for a small college with a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; attractive location in the Berkshire Mountains; emphasis on hands-on learning
  • Admissions: A "B-" average and 950 on the SAT will put you in range for admission to MCLA.
  • Learn More: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Profile
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Moravian College

Moravian College
Moravian College. Incandescere's Gallery / Flickr
  • Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • What Makes it Special?: attractive campus in historic Bethlehem; full-tuition Comenius Medallion scholarships; strong music program
  • Admissions: Successful applicants tend to have a "B" or higher GPA and SAT score (RW+M) of 950 or better.
  • Learn More: Moravian College profile
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Morehouse College

Morehouse College
Morehouse College. Toricr8zy / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • What Makes it Special?: highly ranked historically black college for men; 12 to 1 student faculty ratio; attended by Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard Jackson, Spike Lee and many other world-changing African Americans; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strong liberal arts and sciences
  • Admissions: With a "B-" high school GPA and SAT score of 900 or better you'll be within the range of admitted students for Morehouse.
  • Learn More: Morehouse College Profile
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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo College Berrie Center for the Arts
Ramapo College Berrie Center for the Arts. Copyright Ramapo College
  • Location: Mahwah, New Jersey
  • What Makes it Special?: public liberal arts college; good value; young college with many modern facilities; popular programs in Business Administration, Communication Studies, Nursing and Psychology
  • Admissions: It's possible to get in with a "B" average although a "B+" will be better. The college tends to look for SAT scores above 1000.
  • Learn More: Ramapo College Profile
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Randolph College

Randolph College
Randolph College. Allen Grove
  • Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • What Makes it Special?: 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 12; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; high marks for student engagement; attractive campus with red-brick buildings
  • Admissions: A 950 on the SAT and "B" average will put you at the lower end of the range for admitted students.
  • Learn More: Randolph College Profile
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Ripon College

Ripon College
Ripon College. Photo courtesy of Ripon College
  • Location: Ripon, Wisconsin
  • What Makes it Special?: Phi Beta Kappa membership; high retention and graduation rates; generous financial aid; excellent value; Collaborative Learning Center provides valuable support for students who need a little extra help
  • Admissions: To get in, you'll probably need a "B" average and an ACT composite of 19 or better.
  • Learn More: Ripon College profile
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St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's College of Maryland. Elvert Barnes / Flickr
  • Location: St. Mary's City, Maryland
  • What Makes it Special?: historic and beautiful riverfront location; personal liberal arts college atmosphere with low public tuition; 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; Phi Beta Kappa membership for strong liberal arts curriculum
  • Admissions: A "B+" average will be better than a "B" but some "B" students do get in. SAT should be over 1000.
  • Learn More: St. Mary's College Profile
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Spelman College

Spelman College
Spelman College. waynetaylor / Flickr
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • What Makes it Special?: Top ratings for fostering social mobility; highly ranked women's college; member of the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of historically Black colleges; 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; strong liberal arts curriculum
  • Admissions: At the least you'll have a 950 or higher SAT and a GPA of "B" or better.
  • Learn More: Spelman College profile
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Stephens College

Stephens College
Stephens College. Photo courtesy of Stephens College
  • Location: Columbia, Missouri
  • What Makes it Special?: well regarded women's college; excellent value for a private liberal arts college; 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio with an average class size of 13; strong programs in the performing arts and pre-professional fields such as business and health; located in one of the country's best college towns
  • Admissions: To be in the typical range for admission, you'll want a 19 on the ACT and a "B" or higher average.
  • Learn More: Stephens College Profile
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University of California-Merced

UC Merced
UC Merced. r_neches / Flickr
  • Location: Merced, California
  • What Makes it Special?: first new research university of the 21st century; strengths in science and engineering; up-and-coming school in the University of California system; excellent green efforts
  • Admissions: Anything below a solid "B" and you're unlikely to be admitted. Combined SAT scores should be above 900.
  • Learn More: UC Merced Profile
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University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii at Manoa. Daniel Ramirez / Flickr
  • Location: Manoa, Hawaii
  • What Makes it Special?: diverse student body; highly ranked programs in astronomy, oceanography, cancer research, and Pacific Island and Asian studies; NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference; only college in Hawaii to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions: A "B" average and 1000 on the SAT or 20 on the ACT will put you in range for admission.
  • Learn More: University of Hawaii at Manoa Profile
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University of Mary Washington

The University of Mary Washington
The University of Mary Washington. Photo Credit: Allen Grove
  • Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • What Makes it Special?: Average class size of 21 students; liberal arts college educational environment with low state tuition; high rate of retention and student satisfaction; attractive campus; impressive number of Peace Corps alumni
  • Admissions: Some students get in with a "B" average, although a "B+" will be better; SAT should be 1000 or higher
  • Learn More: University of Mary Washington Profile
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University of Maryland-Baltimore County

UMBC in Autumn
UMBC in Autumn. ampg7 / Flickr
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • What Makes it Special?: located with easy access to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Washington D.C.; #1 position in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of "up-and-coming national universities"; good blend of the advantages of small colleges and large universities; NCAA Division I athletics in the America East Conference; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions: A "B" will be the minimum GPA for serious consideration for admission, and you'll de best with an SAT score above 1100.
  • Learn More: UMBC Profile
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University of Montevallo

University of Montevallo
University of Montevallo Palmer Hall. Matt Orton
  • Location: Montevallo, Alabama
  • What Makes it Special?: small liberal arts college feeling with inexpensive state tuition; beautiful historic campus; strong student-faculty interaction
  • Admissions: You'll want a "B" average and a 19 on the ACT to be on target for admission.
  • Learn More: University of Montevallo Profile
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University of Pacific

University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific. Great Valley Center Image Bank / Flickr
  • Location: Stockton, California
  • What Makes it Special?: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; located an easy drive to San Francisco, Sacramento, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe; unusual breadth of academic options for a small college
  • Admissions: Some students get in with a "B" average, but a "B+" will put you more in the range for admission. You'll want a combined SAT score above 1000.
  • Learn More: University of the Pacific Profile
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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University Football
Valparaiso University Football. SD Dirk / Flickr
  • Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
  • What Makes it Special?: remarkable academic breadth for a school of around 3,000 undergraduates; Division I athletics; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Admissions: A 20 on the ACT and "B" average will put you at the lower end of the range for admitted students.
  • Learn More: Valparaiso University Profile
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Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College
Warren Wilson College. Jerry Michalski / Flickr
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina
  • What Makes it Special?: beautiful location in the Blue Ridge Mountains; excellent educational value; strong environmental efforts; interesting curriculum with requirements in community service and the campus work program
  • Admissions: You'll want at least a "B" average and 1000 SAT to have a decent shot at getting in.
  • Learn More: Warren Wilson College Profile
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Washington College

Casey Academic Center at Washington College
Casey Academic Center at Washington College. Photo Courtesy of Washington College
  • Location: Chestertown, Maryland
  • What Makes it Special?: attracitve campus on the Chesapeake Bay; founded under the patronage of George Washington; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio
  • Admissions: Washington College has test-optional admissions, so don't worry about the SAT or ACT. For grades, a "B" average is at the bottom end of the acceptance range.
  • Learn More: Washington College Profile
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Wesleyan College

Wesleyan College
Wesleyan College. doll damned / Flickr
  • Location: Macon, Georgia
  • What Makes it Special?: excellent value; 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 20; first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women; low cost and excellent financial aid; attractive campus with Georgian style buildings
  • Admissions: Open admissions, but students typically have a "B-" or higher GPA and SAT score above 950.
  • Learn More: Wesleyan College Profile