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    Top Colleges in the South

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Posted: November 20th, 2023

    Considering colleges in the south? The Southern US is home to a long list of world-class institutions, including Vanderbilt, Duke, and many more. Scroll down to compare your Southern college options by size, affordability, admissions rate, graduation rate, and more:

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    Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

    Atlanta, GA • Public, City

    Atlanta, GA

    Public, City

    16% acceptance rate
    16,566 undergraduate students
    92% graduation rate
    $14,820 average per year after aid
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    University of Florida

    Gainesville, FL • Public, City

    Gainesville, FL

    Public, City

    30% acceptance rate
    34,044 undergraduate students
    91% graduation rate
    $3,679 average per year after aid
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    Rice University

    Houston, TX • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Houston, TX

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    4,240 undergraduate students
    92% graduation rate
    $17,805 average per year after aid
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    University of Virginia-Main Campus

    Charlottesville, VA • Public, Suburb

    Charlottesville, VA

    Public, Suburb

    21% acceptance rate
    17,041 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $20,507 average per year after aid
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    Vanderbilt University

    Nashville, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Nashville, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    7% acceptance rate
    7,104 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $22,204 average per year after aid
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    Duke University

    Durham, NC • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Durham, NC

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    6,815 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $31,416 average per year after aid
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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill, NC • Public, City, Need-Blind

    Chapel Hill, NC

    Public, City, Need-Blind

    20% acceptance rate
    19,722 undergraduate students
    90% graduation rate
    $13,263 average per year after aid
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    Davidson College

    Davidson, NC • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Davidson, NC

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    18% acceptance rate
    1,970 undergraduate students
    90% graduation rate
    $17,057 average per year after aid
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    Washington and Lee University

    Lexington, VA • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Lexington, VA

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    19% acceptance rate
    1,850 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $27,417 average per year after aid
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    William & Mary

    Williamsburg, VA • Public, Suburb

    Williamsburg, VA

    Public, Suburb

    37% acceptance rate
    6,521 undergraduate students
    91% graduation rate
    $18,650 average per year after aid
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    The University of Texas at Austin

    Austin, TX • Public, City

    Austin, TX

    Public, City

    29% acceptance rate
    40,506 undergraduate students
    88% graduation rate
    $17,519 average per year after aid
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    Emory University

    Atlanta, GA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Atlanta, GA

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    13% acceptance rate
    7,050 undergraduate students
    90% graduation rate
    $25,424 average per year after aid
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    University of Georgia

    Athens, GA • Public, City

    Athens, GA

    Public, City

    40% acceptance rate
    30,032 undergraduate students
    88% graduation rate
    $14,995 average per year after aid
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    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Blacksburg, VA • Public, City

    Blacksburg, VA

    Public, City

    56% acceptance rate
    29,699 undergraduate students
    87% graduation rate
    $20,927 average per year after aid
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    Florida State University

    Tallahassee, FL • Public, City

    Tallahassee, FL

    Public, City

    37% acceptance rate
    33,368 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $9,561 average per year after aid
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    Wake Forest University

    Winston-Salem, NC • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Winston-Salem, NC

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    25% acceptance rate
    5,465 undergraduate students
    90% graduation rate
    $29,214 average per year after aid
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    North Carolina State University at Raleigh

    Raleigh, NC • Public, City

    Raleigh, NC

    Public, City

    47% acceptance rate
    24,999 undergraduate students
    84% graduation rate
    $16,239 average per year after aid
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    University of Richmond

    University of Richmond, VA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    University of Richmond, VA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    29% acceptance rate
    3,098 undergraduate students
    89% graduation rate
    $29,232 average per year after aid
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    Clemson University

    Clemson, SC • Public, Suburb

    Clemson, SC

    Public, Suburb

    49% acceptance rate
    21,577 undergraduate students
    85% graduation rate
    $22,116 average per year after aid
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    Texas A & M University-College Station

    College Station, TX • Public, City

    College Station, TX

    Public, City

    64% acceptance rate
    56,006 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $20,976 average per year after aid
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