Best Midwestern Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in the Midwest for 2021

There are 886 colleges and universities in the Midwest enrolling 3,937,992 students. Explore the list of top colleges in the Midwest below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Midwest offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

The  Midwest is home to nationally ranked institutions like University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Washington University in St Louis and University of Notre Dame. The highest ranked college in the Midwest is University of Chicago and the top rated public state college is University of Michigan.


886 results

List of the Best Midwest Colleges

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 17,002enrollment
  • $34,719net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 22,127enrollment
  • $26,196net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
Washington University in St Louis
W
Saint Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 15,852enrollment
  • $27,108net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
University of Notre Dame
N
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 12,607enrollment
  • $30,536net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Carleton College
C
Northfield, MN
Carleton College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 2,097enrollment
  • $31,547net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
University of Michigan
M
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 46,716enrollment
  • $17,357net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 1,716enrollment
  • $29,404net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Case Western Reserve University
C
Cleveland, OH
Case Western Reserve University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 11,890enrollment
  • $35,890net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
Kenyon College
K
Gambier, OH
Kenyon College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 1,730enrollment
  • $37,940net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1460SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Macalester College
M
Saint Paul, MN
Macalester College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 2,174enrollment
  • $31,458net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81*Avg GPA
DePauw University
D
Greencastle, IN
DePauw University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 2,156enrollment
  • $29,557net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1360SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
Denison University
D
Granville, OH
Denison University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 2,394enrollment
  • $36,650net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Purdue University Main Campus
P
West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 44,474enrollment
  • $12,684net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1440SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
University of Wisconsin Madison
W
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin Madison

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 43,463enrollment
  • $16,103net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 49,702enrollment
  • $14,660net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.79*Avg GPA
Saint Louis University Main Campus
S
Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis University Main Campus

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 14,438enrollment
  • $31,098net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1380SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
R
Terre Haute, IN
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 2,142enrollment
  • $45,356net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1248-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA
Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in the Midwest

  • 4,869enrollment
  • $30,265net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1370SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA