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The Best Colleges in America for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in the United States as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in America is Princeton University. The top rated public state college is University of Michigan. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


970 results nationwide

Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,651enrollment
  • $20,360net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 4

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC

Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,973enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 15,057enrollment
  • $36,983net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.89Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Colby College
C
Waterville, ME

Colby College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 2,262enrollment
  • $18,552net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1530SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Richmond
R
University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Virginia

  • 3,890enrollment
  • $25,700net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Trinity College
T
Hartford, CT

Trinity College

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Connecticut

  • 2,190enrollment
  • $26,233net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1333-1480SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 17

Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,516enrollment
  • $26,028net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1540SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Case Western Reserve University
C
Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Value in Ohio

  • 12,142enrollment
  • $36,002net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1530SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Scripps College
S
Claremont, CA

Scripps College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,116enrollment
  • $40,259net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Michigan
M
Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#19 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 50,278enrollment
  • $17,832net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,686enrollment
  • $26,995net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 7,263enrollment
  • $29,098net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1325-1490SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA

Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,748enrollment
  • $32,091net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Boston College
B
Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 15,577enrollment
  • $30,192net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1530SAT range
  • 33-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY

University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 12,039enrollment
  • $36,254net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1520SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Yeshiva University
Y
New York, NY

Yeshiva University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 5,501enrollment
  • $35,603net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1410SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Kenyon College
K
Gambier, OH

Kenyon College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 1,875enrollment
  • $40,862net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.84Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,918enrollment
  • $48,284net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1490SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7