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

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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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1. Auburn University

Auburn University
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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: 25,469 (20,446 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Auburn University profile.

2. Louisiana State University (LSU)

LSU Football Stadium
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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: 29,718 (23,977 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Fighting Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Louisiana State University profile.

3. Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University Football
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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: 20,424 (16,312 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Mississippi State University profile.

4. Texas A&M

Texas A&M
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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: 50,230 (39,867 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Aggies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Texas A&M profile.

5. University of Alabama ('Bama)

University of Alabama
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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: 31,647 (26,234 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Crimson Tide
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Alabama profile.

6. University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas
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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: 23,199 (19,027 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Razorbacks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Arkansas profile.

7. University of Florida

University of Florida
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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.

8. University of Georgia

University of Georgia
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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: 34,816 (26,373 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Georgia profile.

9. University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Football
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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: 27,226 (20,099 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Eastern
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Kentucky profile.

10. University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

University of Mississippi Tower
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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: 18,224 (15,346 undergraduates)
  • SEC Division: Western
  • Team: Rebels
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Mississippi profile.
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