The Best U.S. Colleges

The Best Colleges in America for 2020

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in the United States as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2020 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.

1,874 results found

Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#21 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,573enrollment
  • $18,427net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
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Columbia University in the City of New York
C
New York, NY
Columbia University in the City of New York

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#22 Best Colleges in America

  • 31,077enrollment
  • $22,824net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#23 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,534enrollment
  • $20,189net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
Emory University
E
Atlanta, GA
Emory University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#24 Best Colleges in America

  • 14,458enrollment
  • $26,867net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
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Hamilton College
H
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#25 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,005enrollment
  • $22,139net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.87*Avg GPA
Middlebury College
M
Middlebury, VT
Middlebury College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Vermont

  • 2,611enrollment
  • $22,841net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Colgate University
C
Hamilton, NY
Colgate University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,969enrollment
  • $22,182net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
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Tufts University
T
Medford, MA
Tufts University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 11,586enrollment
  • $29,449net price
  • 15%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Barnard College
B
New York, NY
Barnard College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,562enrollment
  • $23,736net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA
Washington and Lee University
W
Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

  • 2,223enrollment
  • $25,029net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1490SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.87*Avg GPA
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Georgetown University
G
Washington, DC
Georgetown University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 19,204enrollment
  • $27,420net price
  • 15%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,843enrollment
  • $28,339net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 47,310enrollment
  • $32,892net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
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University of Notre Dame
N
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Indiana

  • 12,607enrollment
  • $27,453net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,310enrollment
  • $23,582net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,559enrollment
  • $20,444net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1550SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
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Colby College
C
Waterville, ME
Colby College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Maine

  • 2,000enrollment
  • $20,361net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1510SAT range
  • 31-33ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
New York University
N
New York, NY
New York University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 51,847enrollment
  • $36,256net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1510SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA