Top Rated U.S. Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in America for 2020

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in the United States. Leading the rankings for 2020 as the highest ranked private college in America is Princeton University. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.

1,237 results found

Princeton University
P
Princeton, NJ
Princeton University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in America

  • 8,374enrollment
  • $16,302net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA
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Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,562net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
Duke University
D
Durham, NC
Duke University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in America

  • 16,606enrollment
  • $22,011net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
Harvard University
H
Cambridge, MA
Harvard University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in America

  • 31,566enrollment
  • $17,030net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.04Avg GPA
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Yale University
Y
New Haven, CT
Yale University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in America

  • 13,433enrollment
  • $18,053net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.95*Avg GPA
University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,002enrollment
  • $34,834net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,233enrollment
  • $24,466net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1580SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97*Avg GPA
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Rice University
R
Houston, TX
Rice University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in America

  • 7,124enrollment
  • $24,131net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M
Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in America

  • 11,574enrollment
  • $22,230net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA
Brown University
B
Providence, RI
Brown University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in America

  • 10,257enrollment
  • $25,651net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
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Dartmouth College
D
Hanover, NH
Dartmouth College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in America

  • 6,572enrollment
  • $22,303net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1560SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Johns Hopkins University
J
Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in America

  • 26,152enrollment
  • $29,066net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA
Williams College
W
Williamstown, MA
Williams College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,149enrollment
  • $20,380net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
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Vanderbilt University
V
Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in America

  • 12,824enrollment
  • $23,295net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA
Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in America

  • 22,127enrollment
  • $26,099net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in America

  • 25,860enrollment
  • $24,539net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
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Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA
Amherst College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,855enrollment
  • $19,519net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Washington University in St Louis
W
Saint Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in America

  • 15,852enrollment
  • $27,777net price
  • 15%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA