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Top Southeastern Colleges and Universities

A list of 30 of East Coast's best colleges and universities

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The southeastern United States has some excellent colleges and universities, and my top picks range from small liberal arts colleges to giant state universities. UNC Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, and the University of Virginia frequently appear among the country's top 10 public universities, and Duke is one of the nation's top private universities. The 30 colleges and universities below were selected based on factors such as retention rates, graduation rates, student engagement, selectivity, and overall value. I have listed the schools alphabetically to avoid the often arbitrary distinctions that separate #1 from #2, and because of the futility of comparing a large research university to a small liberal arts college.

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The 30 colleges and universities in the list below were selected from the South Atlantic region of the United States: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College
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  • Location: Decatur, Georgia
  • Enrollment: 871 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private women's liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the country's top women's colleges; excellent value; 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; chapter of  Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; easy access to Atlanta; attractive campus
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Agnes Scott College profile

Clemson University

Clemson University
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  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina
  • Enrollment: 19,914 (15,836 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public university
  • Distinctions: one of the country's best public universities; good value; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; attractive location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; highly regarded business and engineering programs; member of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Clemson University profile

College of William and Mary

William and Mary
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Davidson College

Davidson College
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  • Location: Davidson, North Carolina
  • Enrollment: 1,755 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; one of the country's top liberal arts colleges; founded in 1837; honor code allows for self-scheduled exams; member of the NCAA Division I Southern Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Davidson College profile

Duke University

Duke University
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Elon University

Elon University
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  • Location: Elon, North Carolina
  • Enrollment: 5,916 (5,225 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Distinctions: high level of student engagement; strong programs for study abroad, internships, and volunteer work; popular pre-professional programs in business and communications; attractive red-brick campus; member of the NCAA Division I Southern Conference
  • Explore the Campus: Elon University Photo Tour
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Elon University profile

Emory University

Emory University Tower
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Florida State University (FSU)

Florida State University
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  • Location: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Enrollment: 41,087 (32,201 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: public university
  • Distinctions: one of the flagship campuses of Florida's state university system; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; active fraternity and sorority system; member of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Florida State University profile

Furman University

Furman University
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  • Location: Greenville, South Carolina
  • Enrollment: 3,028 (2,825 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: liberal arts college
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  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; high level of student engagement; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; member of the NCAA Division I Southern Conference
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Furman University profile
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