The Best Midwestern Small Colleges

The Best Small Colleges in the Midwest for 2022

These are the top ranked small, public and private, four-year colleges in the Midwest as ranked by CollegeSimply. These schools all have undergraduate enrollment under 3,000. Small colleges allow students a more intimate and personalized experience where it's more likely you will get to know your professors. Leading the list for 2022 is Carleton College. Learn how the Best Small Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


93 results

Carleton College
C
Northfield, MN
Carleton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Minnesota

  • 1,940enrollment
  • $30,843net price
  • 21%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,493enrollment
  • $32,091net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1353-1538SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Kenyon College
K
Gambier, OH
Kenyon College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 1,615enrollment
  • $40,862net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.98Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Denison University
D
Granville, OH
Denison University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Ohio

  • 2,258enrollment
  • $39,808net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.76Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Macalester College
M
Saint Paul, MN
Macalester College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,049enrollment
  • $35,589net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

DePauw University
D
Greencastle, IN
DePauw University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Indiana

  • 1,752enrollment
  • $30,183net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1360SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.8Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

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

  • 1,990enrollment
  • $43,606net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 4.02Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 1,636enrollment
  • $32,545net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 2,908enrollment
  • $27,474net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1450SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

Oberlin College
O
Oberlin, OH
Oberlin College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Ohio

  • 2,658enrollment
  • $42,745net price
  • 35%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1360SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

St Olaf College
S
Northfield, MN
St Olaf College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,953enrollment
  • $27,838net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1390SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Ohio Northern University
O
Ada, OH
Ohio Northern University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Ohio

  • 2,817enrollment
  • $26,011net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.79Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Lawrence University
L
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Wisconsin

  • 1,430enrollment
  • $26,594net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Saint Mary's College
S
Notre Dame, IN
Saint Mary's College

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Indiana

  • 1,581enrollment
  • $27,121net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1068-1260SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Saint Johns University
S
Collegeville, MN
Saint Johns University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,668enrollment
  • $28,128net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 945-1195SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Milwaukee School of Engineering
M
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee School of Engineering

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Wisconsin

  • 2,673enrollment
  • $26,541net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1370SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Kettering University
K
Flint, MI
Kettering University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Michigan

  • 2,030enrollment
  • $34,713net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1360SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

College of Saint Benedict
S
Saint Joseph, MN
College of Saint Benedict

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,668enrollment
  • $27,960net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1200SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1