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

University of Michigan
M
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in America

  • 46,716enrollment
  • $16,408net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
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Carleton College
C
Northfield, MN
Carleton College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,097enrollment
  • $28,148net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Trinity College
T
Hartford, CT
Trinity College

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Connecticut

  • 2,235enrollment
  • $28,594net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.8*Avg GPA
Vassar College
V
Poughkeepsie, NY
Vassar College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,456enrollment
  • $23,763net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1510SAT range
  • 31-33ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
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Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 6,849enrollment
  • $26,933net price
  • 22%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81*Avg GPA
Scripps College
S
Claremont, CA
Scripps College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,071enrollment
  • $36,831net price
  • 24%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.13Avg GPA
Boston College
B
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 14,720enrollment
  • $27,299net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1490SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
N
Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in America

  • 30,011enrollment
  • $11,100net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 4.6Avg GPA
Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 14,029enrollment
  • $29,817net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,716enrollment
  • $29,492net price
  • 24%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
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Skidmore College
S
Saratoga Springs, NY
Skidmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 2,613enrollment
  • $25,254net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1400SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.75*Avg GPA
College of William and Mary
W
Williamsburg, VA
College of William and Mary

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in America

  • 8,817enrollment
  • $17,415net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1490SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.12Avg GPA
Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,642enrollment
  • $38,900net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
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University of Rochester
R
Rochester, NY
University of Rochester

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 11,817enrollment
  • $37,064net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
University of Miami
M
Coral Gables, FL
University of Miami

Private 4 Year

13 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 17,331enrollment
  • $42,204net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1430SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 4.2Avg GPA
Case Western Reserve University
C
Cleveland, OH
Case Western Reserve University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Ohio

  • 11,890enrollment
  • $34,973net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
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University of Virginia Main Campus
V
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in America

  • 24,639enrollment
  • $16,594net price
  • 26%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.22Avg GPA
Kenyon College
K
Gambier, OH
Kenyon College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 1,730enrollment
  • $31,704net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1470SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA