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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

Union College
U
Schenectady, NY

Union College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,096enrollment
  • $37,630net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Whitman College
W
Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,559enrollment
  • $38,989net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1295-1455SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Florida
F
Gainesville, FL

University of Florida

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in America

  • 55,781enrollment
  • $10,075net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Denver
D
Denver, CO

University of Denver

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Colorado

  • 14,130enrollment
  • $38,322net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

College of the Holy Cross
H
Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,029enrollment
  • $32,061net price
  • 43%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA

University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in America

  • 52,434enrollment
  • $9,661net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1453SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 16

Mount Holyoke College
M
South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,342enrollment
  • $31,165net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1510SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA

University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in America

  • 41,885enrollment
  • $15,222net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 3.82Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of Connecticut
C
Storrs, CT

University of Connecticut

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in America

  • 26,876enrollment
  • $22,233net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.74Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA

Brandeis University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,558enrollment
  • $41,222net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Rhode Island School of Design
R
Providence, RI

Rhode Island School of Design

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Rhode Island

  • 2,576enrollment
  • $40,048net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1480SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 3.71Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA

University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,505enrollment
  • $13,106net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

DePauw University
D
Greencastle, IN

DePauw University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Indiana

  • 1,724enrollment
  • $30,183net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1420SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Muhlenberg College
M
Allentown, PA

Muhlenberg College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,095enrollment
  • $35,152net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1370SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in America

  • 51,991enrollment
  • $16,892net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1500SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

University of Maryland College Park
M
College Park, MD

University of Maryland College Park

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 41,272enrollment
  • $17,643net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.84Estimated Avg GPA

Denison University
D
Granville, OH

Denison University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 2,321enrollment
  • $39,808net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.76Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Sewanee The University of the South
S
Sewanee, TN

Sewanee The University of the South

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,820enrollment
  • $36,244net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1