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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

University of California Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in America

  • 44,589enrollment
  • $16,474net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1530SAT range
  • 29-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of Virginia Main Campus
V
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in America

  • 25,628enrollment
  • $19,043net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.31Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Connecticut College
C
New London, CT
Connecticut College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Connecticut

  • 1,737enrollment
  • $40,474net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1450SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Southern Methodist University
S
Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 12,373enrollment
  • $41,444net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,686enrollment
  • $48,758net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.85Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in America

  • 42,327enrollment
  • $19,329net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1530SAT range
  • 30-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,839enrollment
  • $41,102net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1460SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX
Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,677enrollment
  • $31,141net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Boston University
B
Boston, MA
Boston University

Private 4 Year

9 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 32,718enrollment
  • $29,154net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Bucknell University
B
Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 3,726enrollment
  • $39,359net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Villanova University
V
Villanova, PA
Villanova University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 11,032enrollment
  • $38,303net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.23Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Whitman College
W
Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,360enrollment
  • $38,989net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Union College
U
Schenectady, NY
Union College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,047enrollment
  • $37,630net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1400SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

George Washington University
G
Washington, DC
George Washington University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 27,017enrollment
  • $40,308net price
  • 43%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Florida
F
Gainesville, FL
University of Florida

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in America

  • 53,372enrollment
  • $10,075net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1460SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 1

College of the Holy Cross
H
Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,970enrollment
  • $32,061net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1430SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

American University
A
Washington, DC
American University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 14,001enrollment
  • $37,319net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1390SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.7Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Denver
D
Denver, CO
University of Denver

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Colorado

  • 13,856enrollment
  • $38,322net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1360SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15