Top Rated Midwest Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in the Midwest for 2021

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in the Midwest. Leading the rankings for 2021 as the highest ranked private college in the Midwest is University of Chicago. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


179 results

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,002enrollment
  • $34,719net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in America

  • 22,127enrollment
  • $26,196net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
Washington University in St Louis
W
Saint Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#20 Best Colleges in America

  • 15,852enrollment
  • $27,108net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92*Avg GPA
University of Notre Dame
N
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Value in Indiana

  • 12,607enrollment
  • $30,536net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Carleton College
C
Northfield, MN
Carleton College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Minnesota

  • 2,097enrollment
  • $31,547net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,716enrollment
  • $29,404net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Case Western Reserve University
C
Cleveland, OH
Case Western Reserve University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Value in Ohio

  • 11,890enrollment
  • $35,890net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
Kenyon College
K
Gambier, OH
Kenyon College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 1,730enrollment
  • $37,940net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1460SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Macalester College
M
Saint Paul, MN
Macalester College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,174enrollment
  • $31,458net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81*Avg GPA
DePauw University
D
Greencastle, IN
DePauw University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Indiana

  • 2,156enrollment
  • $29,557net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1360SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
Denison University
D
Granville, OH
Denison University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 2,394enrollment
  • $36,650net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Saint Louis University Main Campus
S
Saint Louis, MO
Saint Louis University Main Campus

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Missouri

  • 14,438enrollment
  • $31,098net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1380SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
R
Terre Haute, IN
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Indiana

  • 2,142enrollment
  • $45,356net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1248-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA
Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 4,869enrollment
  • $30,265net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1370SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
Creighton University
C
Omaha, NE
Creighton University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Nebraska

  • 8,910enrollment
  • $32,145net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,944enrollment
  • $28,795net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA
Oberlin College
O
Oberlin, OH
Oberlin College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Ohio

  • 2,812enrollment
  • $43,612net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1480SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA
St Olaf College
S
Northfield, MN
St Olaf College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 3,048enrollment
  • $27,779net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1430SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA