Southeastern Conference

The Schools of the SEC Dominate the Southeastern U.S.

The Southeastern Conference is often thought to be the strongest athletic conference in the country. Many of the universities also offer impressive academic opportunities. Admissions criteria vary widely, so be sure to click on the profile link to get data such as average ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rates, and financial aid information.

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Auburn University

Auburn University
Auburn University. Robert S. Donovan / Flickr

Located in the small town of Auburn, Alabama, Auburn frequently ranks among the top 50 public universities in the country. Particular strengths include engineering, journalism, math and many of the sciences.

  • Location: Auburn, Alabama
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 25,912 (20,629 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the Auburn University profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from Auburn
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Louisiana State University (LSU)

LSU Campus
LSU Campus. Martin / Flickr

LSU, the main campus of the Louisiana university system, is well known for its Italian Renaissance architecture, red roofs and abundant oak trees. Louisiana has lower tuition than most states, so the education is a true value.

  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 31,044 (25,572 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Fighting Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the Louisiana State University profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from LSU
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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University Library
Mississippi State University Library. Social_Stratification / Flickr

Mississippi State's main campus sits on over 4,000 acres in the northeastern part of the state. High achieving students should check out the Shackouls Honors College.

  • Location: Starkville, Mississippi
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 20,138 (16,536 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the Mississippi State University profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from Mississippi State
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Texas A&M

Kyle Field at Texas A&M
Kyle Field at Texas A&M. Stuart Seeger / Flickr

Texas A&M is far more than an agricultural and mechanical college these days. It is a huge, comprehensive university where business, humanities, engineering, social science and the sciences are all extremely popular with undergraduates.

  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 61,642 (47,093 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Aggies
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the Texas A&M profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from Texas A&M
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University of Alabama ('Bama)

University of Alabama Football Stadium
University of Alabama Football Stadium. maggiejp / Flickr

The University of Alabama frequently ranks among the top 50 public universities in the country. Business is particularly popular among undergraduates, and strong students should definitely check out the Honors College.

  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 36,047 (30,752 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Crimson Tide
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Alabama profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from 'Bama
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University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas Old Main
University of Arkansas Old Main at Night. Mike Norton / Flickr

The flagship campus of Arkansas' university system, Arkansas can boast of high-level research and a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

  • Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 26,237 (21,836 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Razorbacks
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Arkansas profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted the University of Arkansas
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University of Florida

Criser Hall at the University of Florida
Criser Hall at the University of Florida (click to enlarge). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

With over 51,000 students (graduate and undergraduate), the University of Florida is one of the largest schools in the country. Preprofessional programs such as business, engineering and the health sciences are particularly popular.

  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 49,459 (32,829 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Gators
  • Explore the Campus: University of Florida Photo Tour
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Florida profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from the University of Florida
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University of Georgia

University of Georgia
University of Georgia. hyku / Flickr

The University of Georgia has the distinction of being the oldest state-chartered university in the United States. For the student who wants small, challenging classes, be sure to check out the Honors Program.

  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 35,197 (26,882 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Georgia profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from the University of Georgia
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University of Kentucky

Young Library at the University of Kentucky
Young Library at the University of Kentucky. J654567 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

The University of Kentucky is the flagship campus of the state's university system. Look for particular strengths in the Colleges of Business, Medicine, and Communication Studies.

  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 29,203 (22,223 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Kentucky profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from the University of Kentucky
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University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi. Southern Foodways Alliance / Flickr

The largest university in Mississippi, Ole Miss can boast of 30 research centers, a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and an honors college for high-achieving students.

  • Location: Oxford, Mississippi
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 22,503 (18,101 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Rebels
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Mississippi profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from the University of Mississippi
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University of Missouri

Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri
Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri. bk1bennett / Flickr

The University of Missouri at Columbia, or Mizzou, is the flagship campus of Missouri's university system. It is also the largest university in the state. The school features many excellent research centers and a strong greek system.

  • Location: Columbia, Missouri
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 35,425 (27,642 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Missouri profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from the University of Missouri
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University of South Carolina

Residence Hall at the University of South Carolina
Residence Hall at the University of South Carolina. Florencebballer / Wikimedia Commons

Located in the state capital, USC is the flagship campus of the South Carolina university system. The university has strong academic programs and can boast of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a nationally respected honors college, and pioneering work in its programming for first-year students.

  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 32,971 (24,866 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Gamecocks
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of South Carolina profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from the University of South Carolina
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University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee Football
University of Tennessee Football. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District / Flickr

The flagship campus of Tennessee's university system, UT Knoxville features high-level research and academics. The university has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its business school frequently does well in national rankings.

  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 30,386 (21,664 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Volunteers
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the University of Tennessee profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from the University of Tennessee
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Vanderbilt University

Tolman Hall at Vanderbilt University
Tolman Hall at Vanderbilt University. Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Vanderbilt is the only private university in the SEC, and it is also the smallest and most selective school in the conference. The university has particular strengths in education, law, medicine, and business.

  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • School type: Private
  • Enrollment: 12,686 (6,851 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Commodores
  • Explore the Campus: Vanderbilt Photo Tour
  • For acceptance rate, graduation rate, scholarship information, costs and more, see the Vanderbilt University profile.
  • ACT, SAT, GPA Graph for students who were accepted, rejected and waitlisted from Vanderbilt