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The Best Colleges in America for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in the United States as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 as the best overall college in America is Harvard University. The top rated public state college is University of Michigan. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


911 results nationwide

Claremont McKenna College
C
Claremont, CA
Claremont McKenna College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,264enrollment
  • $22,004net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#20 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,280enrollment
  • $21,614net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

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

#21 Best Colleges in America

  • 30,135enrollment
  • $22,126net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Emory University
E
Atlanta, GA
Emory University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#22 Best Colleges in America

  • 13,997enrollment
  • $25,672net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Middlebury College
M
Middlebury, VT
Middlebury College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#23 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,669enrollment
  • $24,517net price
  • 22%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#24 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,902enrollment
  • $23,936net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1510SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

Georgetown University
G
Washington, DC
Georgetown University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#25 Best Colleges in America

  • 19,371enrollment
  • $30,710net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1550SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

Barnard College
B
New York, NY
Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,744enrollment
  • $30,572net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1518SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.85Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Colgate University
C
Hamilton, NY
Colgate University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in New York

  • 3,054enrollment
  • $25,935net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Notre Dame
N
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Value in Indiana

  • 12,809enrollment
  • $29,981net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Tufts University
T
Medford, MA
Tufts University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 12,219enrollment
  • $32,720net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1530SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Washington and Lee University
W
Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 2,183enrollment
  • $27,148net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1500SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.87Estimated Avg GPA

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,983enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 46,287enrollment
  • $39,759net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,307enrollment
  • $25,215net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#19 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,437enrollment
  • $20,360net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1395-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

New York University
N
New York, NY
New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 52,775enrollment
  • $45,417net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Colby College
C
Waterville, ME
Colby College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 2,155enrollment
  • $18,552net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1