published Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

What are the top five best colleges in the South?

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The best Southern regional colleges, in the view of the editors of U.S. News & World Report, are private or military schools.

1 Rollins College, private school with 1,818 students in Winter Park, Fla. Tuition and fees total $39,000 a year.

2 Elon University, a private school with 5,225 students in Elon, N.C. Tuition and fees total $28,980.

3 Stetson University, a private school with 2,291 students in DeLand, Fla. Tuition and fees total $36,644

4 Samford University, the largest private university in Alabama with 2,950 students in Birmingham Ala. Tuition and fees total $25,150.

5 The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina in Charleston, with 2,477 students. In-state tuition and fees is $11,772.

Source: U.S. News & World Report. Best Colleges for 2012. The top Tennessee college is Belmont University in Nashville while the best Georgia college is Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Both schools ranked No. 7. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ranked 46th.

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