Larger Private Colleges in the Southeast

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the private colleges and universities with more than 1,250 full-time undergrads located in the Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Tuition listed is for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Larger Private Colleges in the Southeast

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Spring Hill College Mobile AL 1,276 $23,100
University of Mobile Mobile AL 1,434 $13,250
Oakwood College Huntsville AL 1,649 $12,668
Miles College Fairfield AL 1,761 $7,181
Faulkner University Montgomery AL 2,427 $12,000
Tuskegee University Tuskegee AL 2,875 $14,360
Samford University Birmingham AL 2,926 $17,920
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia AR 1,368 $17,950
John Brown University Siloam Springs AR 1,612 $17,176
Harding University Searcy AR 4,001 $12,360
Saint Thomas University Miami Gardens FL 1,364 $19,680
Hodges University Naples FL 1,432 $10,238
Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach FL 1,560 $12,382
Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens FL 1,598 $12,254
Florida Southern College Lakeland FL 1,878 $21,190
Stetson University DeLand FL 2,164 $28,780
Lynn University Boca Raton FL 2,276 $28,490
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne FL 2,424 $28,920
Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach West Palm Beach FL 2,425 $20,210
Southeastern University Lakeland FL 2,463 $13,480
Eckerd College Saint Petersburg FL 2,502 $29,160
Rollins College Winter Park FL 2,649 $32,640
Flagler College Saint Augustine FL 2,922 $11,810
Jacksonville University Jacksonville FL 3,568 $22,500
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach Daytona Beach FL 4,480 $26,496
The University of Tampa Tampa FL 4,827 $20,682
Barry University Miami FL 4,885 $24,752
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL 4,891 $19,450
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Daytona Beach FL 6,805 $4,968
University of Miami Coral Gables FL 10,524 $33,018
Saint Leo University Saint Leo FL 10,918 $16,420
Brenau University Gainesville GA 1,608 $17,700
Berry College Mount Berry GA 1,749 $20,570
Spelman College Atlanta GA 2,455 $18,615
Morehouse College Atlanta GA 2,971 $18,678
Clark Atlanta University Atlanta GA 3,796 $16,100
Mercer University Macon GA 3,969 $26,960
Emory University Atlanta GA 7,477 $34,336
Thomas More College Crestview Hills KY 1,281 $21,220
Georgetown College Georgetown KY 1,291 $22,360
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg KY 1,411 $13,658
Lindsey Wilson College Columbia KY 1,413 $15,806
Berea College Berea KY 1,614 $790
Campbellsville University Campbellsville KY 1,687 $17,200
Bellarmine University Louisville KY 2,042 $26,120
Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans LA 2,218 $13,800
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans LA 2,994 $26,508
Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans LA 6,008 $36,610
William Carey University Hattiesburg MS 1,930 $9,015
Belhaven College Jackson MS 1,931 $15,580
Mississippi College Clinton MS 2,479 $12,494
Mars Hill College Mars Hill NC 1,251 $18,812
Belmont Abbey College Belmont NC 1,289 $18,796
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount NC 1,339 $18,900
Wingate University Wingate NC 1,398 $18,480
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte NC 1,423 $20,720
Lenoir-Rhyne College Hickory NC 1,458 $21,580
Johnson C Smith University Charlotte NC 1,540 $15,754
Davidson College Davidson NC 1,834 $31,794
Methodist University Fayetteville NC 1,849 $20,080
Meredith College Raleigh NC 1,879 $22,400
High Point University High Point NC 2,568 $19,925
Guilford College Greensboro NC 2,638 $24,470
Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs NC 2,641 $18,500
Mount Olive College Mount Olive NC 2,945 $13,126
Shaw University Raleigh NC 3,076 $10,840
Wake Forest University Winston Salem NC 4,126 $34,330
Campbell University Inc Buies Creek NC 4,240 $18,850
Elon University Elon NC 5,601 $22,166
Duke University Durham NC 7,831 $35,512
Wofford College Spartanburg SC 1,357 $27,830
Southern Wesleyan University Central SC 1,476 $17,200
Claflin University Orangeburg SC 1,726 $12,358
North Greenville University Tigerville SC 1,836 $11,180
Charleston Southern University Charleston SC 2,535 $17,795
Benedict College Columbia SC 2,578 $14,010
Limestone College Gaffney SC 2,645 $15,900
Furman University Greenville SC 2,838 $31,560
Bob Jones University Greenville SC 3,683 $10,610
Christian Brothers University Memphis TN 1,403 $21,360
Freed-Hardeman University Henderson TN 1,472 $13,192
Lane College Jackson TN 1,478 $7,620
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee TN 1,532 $30,660
Rhodes College Memphis TN 1,710 $30,652
Carson-Newman College Jefferson City TN 1,807 $16,980
Bethel College McKenzie TN 1,853 $11,690
Southern Adventist University Collegedale TN 2,138 $15,596
Lipscomb University Nashville TN 2,290 $16,811
Tusculum College Greeneville TN 2,328 $17,385
Union University Jackson TN 2,837 $18,850
Lee University Cleveland TN 3,502 $10,782
Belmont University Nashville TN 3,702 $19,780
Vanderbilt University Nashville TN 6,171 $35,278