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

Connecticut College
C
New London, CT
Connecticut College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Connecticut

  • 1,844enrollment
  • $27,397net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1430SAT range
  • 30-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
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Lafayette College
L
Easton, PA
Lafayette College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,642enrollment
  • $26,148net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,838enrollment
  • $42,459net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
Southern Methodist University
S
Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 11,649enrollment
  • $36,458net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
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University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in America

  • 42,501enrollment
  • $18,178net price
  • 15%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1530SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX
Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,637enrollment
  • $28,540net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1430SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Bucknell University
B
Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 3,668enrollment
  • $37,817net price
  • 33%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA
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Boston University
B
Boston, MA
Boston University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 34,657enrollment
  • $33,728net price
  • 22%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,930enrollment
  • $33,738net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Reed College
R
Portland, OR
Reed College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Oregon

  • 1,503enrollment
  • $32,097net price
  • 35%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1520SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
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Villanova University
V
Villanova, PA
Villanova University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 11,030enrollment
  • $35,491net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
George Washington University
G
Washington, DC
George Washington University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in District Of Columbia

  • 28,172enrollment
  • $37,638net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.81*Avg GPA
Whitman College
W
Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,475enrollment
  • $38,144net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1450SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA
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Bentley University
B
Waltham, MA
Bentley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,460enrollment
  • $36,613net price
  • 43%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1410SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.75*Avg GPA
Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA
Brandeis University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,800enrollment
  • $32,714net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1500SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA
University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in America

  • 47,400enrollment
  • $9,443net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1460SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
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Mount Holyoke College
M
South Hadley, MA
Mount Holyoke College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,335enrollment
  • $29,784net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1500SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA
University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in America

  • 37,887enrollment
  • $14,616net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1470SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.82*Avg GPA