Top Rated U.S. Colleges

The The Best Colleges in America for 2020

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in the United States. Leading the rankings for 2020 as the highest ranked college in America is Yale University and the top rated public state college is University of California Berkeley. The CollegeSimply rankings factor academic difficulty, acceptance rate and graduation outcomes. Ranking methodology is detailed on our data discussion page.

1,874 results found

Yale University
Y
New Haven, CT
Yale University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in America

  • 13,433enrollment
  • $18,053net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.95*Avg GPA
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Harvard University
H
Cambridge, MA
Harvard University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in America

  • 31,566enrollment
  • $17,030net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.04Avg GPA
Princeton University
P
Princeton, NJ
Princeton University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in America

  • 8,374enrollment
  • $16,302net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA
Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,562net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M
Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in America

  • 11,574enrollment
  • $22,230net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA
University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,002enrollment
  • $34,834net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 22,127enrollment
  • $26,099net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
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University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in America

  • 25,860enrollment
  • $24,539net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Dartmouth College
D
Hanover, NH
Dartmouth College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in America

  • 6,572enrollment
  • $22,303net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1560SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Columbia University in the City of New York
C
New York, NY
Columbia University in the City of New York

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in America

  • 31,077enrollment
  • $22,824net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
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Duke University
D
Durham, NC
Duke University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in America

  • 16,606enrollment
  • $22,011net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,573enrollment
  • $18,427net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Brown University
B
Providence, RI
Brown University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in America

  • 10,257enrollment
  • $25,651net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
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Williams College
W
Williamstown, MA
Williams College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,149enrollment
  • $20,380net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
University of Notre Dame
N
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in America

  • 12,607enrollment
  • $27,453net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Washington University in St Louis
W
Saint Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in America

  • 15,852enrollment
  • $27,777net price
  • 15%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
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Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA
Amherst College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,855enrollment
  • $19,519net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,233enrollment
  • $24,466net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1580SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97*Avg GPA