The Best Colleges

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

Carleton College
C
Northfield, MN
Carleton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Minnesota

  • 1,940enrollment
  • $30,843net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 13,519enrollment
  • $36,983net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Richmond
R
University of Richmond, VA
University of Richmond

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Virginia

  • 4,056enrollment
  • $25,700net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.67Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Michigan
M
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#15 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 47,907enrollment
  • $17,832net price
  • 26%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,435enrollment
  • $26,028net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,493enrollment
  • $32,091net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1353-1538SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 7,067enrollment
  • $29,098net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1433SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
N
Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 30,092enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1490SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.39Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

College of William and Mary
W
Williamsburg, VA
College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in America

  • 8,939enrollment
  • $18,588net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1490SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.28Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Boston College
B
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 14,934enrollment
  • $30,192net price
  • 26%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,582enrollment
  • $26,995net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1403SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Miami
M
Coral Gables, FL
University of Miami

Private 4 Year

13 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 17,809enrollment
  • $31,726net price
  • 33%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg Weighted 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

  • 11,465enrollment
  • $36,002net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 11,741enrollment
  • $36,254net price
  • 35%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Lafayette College
L
Easton, PA
Lafayette College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,514enrollment
  • $28,735net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,616enrollment
  • $48,284net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Kenyon College
K
Gambier, OH
Kenyon College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 1,615enrollment
  • $40,862net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.98Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Yeshiva University
Y
New York, NY
Yeshiva University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 5,524enrollment
  • $35,603net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1410SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1