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

Mount Holyoke College
M
South Hadley, MA
Mount Holyoke College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,040enrollment
  • $31,165net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1500SAT range
  • 27-30ACT range
  • 3.87Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA
Brandeis University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,440enrollment
  • $41,222net price
  • 33%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 31-33ACT range
  • 3.84Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in America

  • 48,149enrollment
  • $9,661net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1453SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

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

  • 39,576enrollment
  • $15,222net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 4.09Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Texas Christian University
T
Fort Worth, TX
Texas Christian University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 11,379enrollment
  • $40,220net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,303enrollment
  • $13,106net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Sewanee The University of the South
S
Sewanee, TN
Sewanee The University of the South

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Tennessee

  • 1,800enrollment
  • $36,244net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1340SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • NAAvg 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

#11 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,476enrollment
  • $16,892net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-33ACT 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

#12 Best Public Universities in America

  • 40,709enrollment
  • $17,643net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.36Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 1

University of California Davis
C
Davis, CA
University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 39,074enrollment
  • $17,026net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1400SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Denison University
D
Granville, OH
Denison University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 2,258enrollment
  • $39,808net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.76Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Bentley University
B
Waltham, MA
Bentley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,177enrollment
  • $42,759net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1360SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Macalester College
M
Saint Paul, MN
Macalester College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,049enrollment
  • $35,589net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

DePauw University
D
Greencastle, IN
DePauw University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Indiana

  • 1,752enrollment
  • $30,183net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1360SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.8Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Rhode Island School of Design
R
Providence, RI
Rhode Island School of Design

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Rhode Island

  • 2,227enrollment
  • $40,048net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1470SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Muhlenberg College
M
Allentown, PA
Muhlenberg College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,067enrollment
  • $35,152net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Babson College
B
Wellesley, MA
Babson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,340enrollment
  • $31,559net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Connecticut
C
Storrs, CT
University of Connecticut

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in America

  • 27,215enrollment
  • $22,233net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1390SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.74Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1