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Great Private Comprehensive Colleges and Universities in the South

Searching for great colleges in the South? Check out these private comprehensive options with extensive academics and mild weather during the school year.

Looking for a great college that has it all—except for massive snowstorms? Then start exploring this list of private comprehensive Southern colleges and universities! At these schools, you’ll find extensive academic offerings, abundant undergraduate resources and research opportunities, easy pathways to grad school, and endless ways to get involved on campus and enjoy the warmer weather. If you’d like to receive more information from these colleges, just click the green “Connect me” button underneath each listing, and we’ll let them know you’re interested. Time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the college search!

Belmont University

BelmontBelmont University is a private interdenominational Christian university with a 77-acre campus located in southeast Nashville, Tennessee. Home to over 9,000 students from every state and more than 33 countries, the University offers approximately 100 areas of undergraduate study—including exciting programs in Biophysics, Emerging Media, and Music Technology—plus more than 25 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees. Students benefit from 160+ campus organizations, including sports clubs, Greek life, service-minded groups, faith development fellowships, several niche honor societies, and 17 NCAA Division I teams.

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Dallas Baptist University

DBUDallas Baptist University is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts institution in Dallas, Texas. DBU offers 4,300+ students more than 80 undergraduate majors and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. With 600+ international students on campus and a myriad of service and study abroad opportunities available, Dallas Baptist is truly a global university.

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Florida Southern College

Florida SouthernFlorida Southern College is a private comprehensive college with a 113-acre campus in Lakeland, Florida. Offering more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the College enrolls over 3,500 students from all 50 states and 50 countries. Undergrads enjoy small classes with hands-on activities, discussions, presentations, and guest speakers as well as guaranteed internships, study abroad, and other experiences designed to bring education to life. 

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Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-WebbGardner-Webb University is a private Baptist-affiliated university of liberal and professional studies with an approximately 225-acre campus located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. At Gardner-Webb, around 3,600 students pursue more than 80 majors and minors in small, individualized classes with a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and professors who get to know you. The University also offers more than 50 clubs and organizations from Disc Golf to Model UN, plus a beautiful campus, impressive facilities, and exciting Division I athletics. 

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High Point University

High PointHigh Point University is a private comprehensive institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church on a 420-acre campus in High Point, North Carolina. Known as The Premier Life Skills University, HPU is rooted in the liberal arts and offers 63 majors and 65 minors for undergraduates. With experiential learning accounting for 25% of academic hours, students are educated both inside and outside the classroom through labs, studios, career shadowing, internships, research, study abroad, professional opportunities, and other real-world experiences.

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Houston Christian University

Houston ChristianHouston Christian University is a private church-affiliated university in southwest Houston, Texas. With approximately 2,400 undergraduates and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 60 majors and 50+ student organizations. Named one of the most ethnically diverse Christian universities in the West, HCU also provides opportunities like the Honors College and collaboration with scholars and ministry leaders.

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Marymount University

Marymount UMarymount University is a private Catholic-affiliated comprehensive university with a 21-acre campus in Arlington, Virginia—just six miles from Washington, DC. More than 3,900 students from 49 states and 75 countries are enrolled in a wide range of majors—including Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, Art, Biology, Nursing, Cybersecurity, and Information Technology—as well as undergraduate pre-professional tracks in Pre-law, Pre-med, and Pre-physical Therapy. The University also offers more than 30 clubs, 20 NCAA Division III teams, and unique internship sites at Capitol Hill, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian museums, and international businesses.

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Mercer University

MercerMercer University is a private comprehensive research university with a 150-acre campus located in Macon, Georgia—85 miles south of Atlanta. With 3,400+ traditional undergraduate students, the University offers more than 65 majors as well as pre-professional tracks for those interested in a graduate or professional program, plus Special Consideration Programs for admission to graduate school in Business, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, or Physician Assistant Studies. Students can also get involved with 140 student organizations and activities, including student government, 18 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams, mission trips, and more.

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Samford University

SamfordSamford University is a private university with a 247-acre campus in the suburban Homewood area of Birmingham, Alabama. With more than 5,600 students from 47 states and 28 countries, the University offers 180+ majors, minors, and concentrations through eight academic schools as well as fast-track programs that grant both bachelor’s and graduate degrees on accelerated schedules. Samford also boasts more than 160 organizations, including student clubs, campus recreation, honors programs, Greek life, and many other leadership opportunities and activities.

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Southern Methodist University

SMUSouthern Methodist University is a private comprehensive Methodist university in Dallas, Texas. SMU offers more than 100 majors and 85+ minors through the College of Humanities and the Schools of Arts, Business Education & Human Development, and Engineering to 12,000+ total students. Undergraduates benefit from small class sizes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, and international study.

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

UMHBThe University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a private Baptist liberal arts university in Belton, Texas. The University offers 119 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate degree programs to more than 3,700 total students. With over 50 student clubs and organizations and a full calendar of athletic events, from dorm life to on- and off-campus ministries, life beyond the classroom is full and rich at UMHB.

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The University of Tampa

University of TampaThe University of Tampa is a private comprehensive university on a 105-acre campus located in central Tampa, Florida. UT offers more than 200 areas of study to over 10,000 students from all 50 states and most of the world's countries, with nearly all programs direct admit and an Honors Program that provides extensive opportunities for instruction, research, seminars, and the chance to represent UT at the renowned University of Oxford for a semester. The University is just over an hour away from Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World, with even more attractions and some of the best beaches in the country nearby.

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