Universities for B and C Students

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It's easy to figure out where high achieving students with stellar GPAs and near-perfect standardized test scores should apply to college. Lists of the top schools are filled with places that everyone has heard of, whether because a school is Ivy League or has a fabulous football team. Competition to get into these schools is notoriously fierce. Stanford University, for example, admitted just 5% of its applicants for the Fall 2015 semester.

For the majority of students, straight A's and sky-high SAT or ACT scores simply don't happen. With the number of students applying to college each year increasing, the odds of getting admitted to a "reach" school get lower and lower. So where should a B/C student apply to college? As deadlines loom ahead, it's a good idea to look at some of the lesser-known and perhaps under-the-radar schools that can offer your B student the same college experience he would get at a larger, more selective school.

Universities for B and C Students

  1. University of Kansas: Lawrence, Kansas
    Located in the heart of the country, University of Kansas had a 92% acceptance rate for Fall 2015. Rolling admissions.
  2. Colorado State University: Fort Collins, Colorado
    Colorado State offers early action admission, with the deadline of December 1. Early acceptance rate for admission is 96%, and regular admission - deadline February 1 - is 80%. With a gorgeous climate and outdoor lifestyle, this school is a good choice for an active student.
  3. University of Hawaii: Manoa - Honolulu, HI
    Located in a tropical paradise, University of Hawaii has a March 1 application deadline. The acceptance rate for Fall 2015 was 77%. Parent's weekend will be a vacation at University of Hawaii.
  4. Ohio University: Athens, Ohio
    Ohio University offers rolling admissions, with a 76% acceptance rate for Fall 2015. 
  5. Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA
    With rolling admissions and a 76% acceptance rate, LSU Baton Rouge is a good place if you're looking for a southern school. Take a side trip to New Orleans when you visit your LSU student.
  6. University of Illinois (Chicago): Chicago, IL
    An urban school for those looking for a city experience. Admissions deadline is January 15. Acceptance rate Fall 2015 - 72%. Easy to get to, with O'Hare airport nearby.
  7. Biola University: La Mirada, CA
    Biola is a small, Christian university. Rolling admissions with a 73% acceptance rate. Early action applications are due by November 15. La Mirada is located in Orange County, near beaches, mountains and more.
  8. New School: New York, NY
    Located in New York City, New School is a private university, with a strong arts program. Applications are due by January 15. The Fall 2014 acceptance rate was 65%. Living in New York while getting an education sounds exciting and enriching.
  9. University at Albany (SUNY): Albany, NY
    Part of the State University of New York system (SUNY), University at Albany has a March 1 application deadline. Its acceptance rate for fall 2015 was 55%.
  10. Howard University: Washington, DC
    A historically African-American school, Howard University has an application deadline of February 15. The acceptance rate for Fall 2015 was 48%.