Sun Belt Conference

Learn About the 12 Universities in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference

The Sun Belt college athletic conference is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Member institutions are located in the southern half of the U.S. from Colorado to Florida. Except for Denver, all members of Sun Belt Conference are public universities. Admissions criteria vary widely. Click on the profile link to get average ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rates and financial aid information.

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Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University. allygirl520 / Flickr

Appalachian State University frequently ranks well among best value colleges because of its strong academic programs and relatively low tuition. The university offers 140 major programs through its six colleges and schools. Appalachian State has a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 25. The university has higher retention and graduation rates than the majority of schools in the North Carolina system. Appalachian State made my list of top North Carolina colleges.

  • Location: Boone, North Carolina
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 18,026 (16,255 undergraduates)
  • Team: Mountaineers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Appalachian State University admissions profile.
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Little Rock Skyline
Little Rock Skyline. Matthew Field / Wikimedia Commons

Business is the most popular undergraduate major at UALR. The university has an open admission policy and a learning resource center to support students who may need help with college success skills.

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Arkansas State University Art Center
Arkansas State University Art Center. Zereshk / Wikipedia Commons

Arkansas State University offers 168 fields of study and has a 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the student life front, ASU has an impressive 300 student organizations, including an active Greek system in which about 15% of students participate.

  • Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 13,144 (9,857 undergraduates)
  • Team: Red Wolves
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the Arkansas State profile.
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Brooks Stadium at Coastal Carolina University
Brooks Stadium at Coastal Carolina University. wfyurasko / Flickr

Founded in 1954, Coastal Carolina University has students from 46 states and 43 countries. CCU owns Waties Island, a 1,105-acre barrier island that is used for the study of marine science and wetland biology. Students can choose from 53 Bachelor's degree programs, and the school has a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Business and psychology are the most popular undergraduate majors. The university has a wide range of student clubs and organizations including an active Greek system. 

  • Location: Conway, South Carolina
  • School type: Private university
  • Enrollment: 9,976 (9,364 undergraduates)
  • Team: Chanticleers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Coastal Carolina University profile.
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Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University. Rory Finneren / Flickr

Georgia Southern University is located about an hour from the coast. Students come from all 50 states and 86 countries, and they can choose from over 110 degree programs across Georgia Southern's eight colleges. Among undergraduates, business fields are the most popular. The university has a 21 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The school has more than 200 campus organizations including an active fraternity and sorority system. 

  • Location: Statesboro, Georgia
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 20,517 (18,004 undergraduates)
  • Team: Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Georgia Southern University admissions profile.
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Georgia State University
Georgia State University. Bonbar / Wikimedia Commons

Georgia State University is part of the University System of Georgia. Students can choose from 52 degree programs and 250 fields of study across the university's six colleges. Among undergraduates, fields in business and the social sciences are most popular. The student body is diverse in terms both of age and race, and students come from all 50 states and 160 countries.

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • School type: Public research university
  • Enrollment: 32,556 (25,328 undergraduates)
  • Team: Panthers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Georgia State University profile
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University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Aaron charles / Wikimedia Commons

This research-intensive university has 10 different schools and colleges with Business, Education, and General Studies being quite popular among undergraduates. The school has been recognized by Princeton Review for its value.

  • Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 17,195 (15,574 undergraduates)
  • Team: Ragin' Cajuns
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the University of Louisiana at Lafayette profile.
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ULM Marching Band
ULM Marching Band. infomatique / Flickr

Compared to many similar universities, UL Monroe is a good educational value with low tuition and a majority of students receiving grant aid. The university boasts of a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 19.

  • Location: Monroe, Louisiana
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 8,517 (7,215 undergraduates)
  • Team: Warhawks
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the University of Louisiana at Monroe profile.
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University of South Alabama
University of South Alabama. faungg / Flickr

The University of South Alabama is a fast-growing public university with strong health science and medical programs. Nursing is the most popular undergraduate major. Football is a recent addition to the USA intercollegiate athletic program, and the team is scheduled to compete in the in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision beginning in 2013.

  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 15,805 (11,479 undergraduates)
  • Team: Jaguars
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the University of South Alabama profile.
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Texas State University
Texas State University. Liveon001 / Wikimedia Commons

Texas State University allows students to explore a wide variety of majors and degrees, having 97 bachelor programs that students can choose from, as well as a similar number of graduate degree programs. Outside of academics, the university has 5,038 acres dedicated to supporting recreation, instruction, farming and ranching. Because of the degree grants granted to Hispanic students, Texas State University has won high marks.

  • Location: San Marcos, Texas
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 36,739 (32,177 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bobcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Texas State University profile.
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Troy University Marching Band
Troy University Marching Band. Mactone / Wikimedia Commons

Troy University is made up of a network of 60 campuses throughout the world, including four in Alabama. The university has a large distance learning program, and the business fields are the most popular among undergraduates. On the student life front, Troy has an active marching band and many Greek organizations.

  • Location: Troy, Alabama
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 19,041 (15,114 undergraduates)
  • Team: Trojans
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the Troy University profile.
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UT Arlington Chemistry and Physics Building
UT Arlington Chemistry and Physics Building. EMBaero / Wikimedia Commons

The University of Texas at Arlington offers a vast number of degrees throughout its 12 schools and colleges, from 78 bachelor's, 74 master's, to 33 doctoral degree programs. Some of their most popular undergraduates majors include biology, nursing, business, and interdisciplinary studies. Outside of academics, the university has a rich student life with over 280 clubs and organizations, which includes an active sorority and fraternity system. In Division I, the university fields seven men's sports and seven women's sports.

  • Location: Arlington, Texas
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 39,740 (29,883 undergraduates)
  • Team: Mavericks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Texas at Arlington profile.
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