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List of Big Ten Schools, Ranked and Reviewed

Considering a Big Ten schools (or at least curious if you’d fit in at one)?

This list of Big Ten schools is ranked according to our 2018 Best Colleges in America ranking. Check out the stats and reviews from real students!

The full list of Big Ten schools includes: University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Wisconsin University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  Penn State University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Rutgers University, and University of Maryland.

View their profiles on Niche for more student reviews and stats.

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #21
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      13%
    • SAT Composite
      1400-1560

    On Athletics: “Football tix are free which is hard to beat at a Big 10 school. That said, our team could use a little more oomph every once in a while.” – College Senior

    Read more on Northwestern’s Niche Profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #23
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      26.2%
    • SAT Composite
      1290-1500

    On Athletics: “It’s Great to Be a Michigan Wolverine – Michigan students have a TON of school pride. Be sure to get season football tickets freshman year, even if you don’t really love football. Everyone goes and the dorms are absolutely deserted on game days. The student section is SO MUCH FUN!” – College Freshman

    Read more on Michigan’s Niche Profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #59
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      57%
    • SAT Composite
      1190-1410

    On Athletics: “Varsity sports here are pretty huge, especially football. Game days are insane; and the stadium is always packed. People tailgate all day in preparation, and have TONS of school spirit. The athletic facilities are pretty great; the SERF (Southeast Recreational Facility) has four floors, with tons of rooms of different equipment, as well as daily classes like kickboxing and Zumba. It’s super easy to get involved with club and intramural sports, and a lot of people form teams.” – College Freshman

    Read more on Wisconsin’s Niche Profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #61
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      65.5%
    • SAT Composite
      1270-1470

    On Athletics: “At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, school spirit is definitely seen on and off campus. The recreation center is huge and has great equipment to help students stay healthy and fit.” – College Junior

    Read more on UIUC’s Niche Profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #77
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      59%
    • SAT Composite
      1080-1330

    On Athletics: “There is a lot of school spirit. We still cheer on our football team that sometimes isn’t the best but it is always good fun to go and see any sports game. There are many opportunities to do intramural sports, but the is no requirement for those that do not want to participate in them.” – College Sophomore

    Read more on Purdue’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #81
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      51.3%
    • SAT Composite
      1090-1300

    On Athletics: “Everyone at Penn State is incredibly passionate about all of the sports teams here. School spirit is flamboyantly expressed and there’s no hiding the passion of the students and how proud everyone is that we are Penn State.” – College Freshman

    Read more on Penn State’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #83
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      49.4%
    • SAT Composite
      1170-1390

    On Athletics: “School spirit is alive from staff to students and it is always encouraged. It is a big part of the college experience here and it is for the better.” – College Freshman

    Read more of OSU’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #85
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      44.5%
    • SAT Composite
      1180-1440

    On Athletics:”If you are a football maniac, this is not your school. Even with alcohol in the stadium, it will be awhile before the allure returns. However, the Barn is the best basketball arena in the country. The fans are the greatest, and the pep band only improves the atmosphere. Hockey is even better. You can’t get any closer to the state of hockey than in it.” – College Senior

    Read more on U of M’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #90
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      66.2%
    • SAT Composite
      980-1260

    On Athletics: “The varsity teams are phenomenal, but if you don’t play basketball or football no one really cares.” – College Sophomore

    Read more on MSU’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #96
    • Niche Grade
      A+
    • Acceptance Rate
      45%
    • SAT Composite
      1210-1420

    On Athletics: “Great facilities and the student sections are so fun. Free admission to all games for students.” – College Freshman

    Read more on UMD’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #109
    • Niche Grade
      A
    • Acceptance Rate
      78%
    • SAT Composite
      1060-1290

    On Athletics: “We are well known for our basketball program, but our soccer and baseball programs are also among the best in the country. We are not as great at football as some other schools, but nobody seems to care. To be fair, we are a basketball school.” – Recent Alumnus

    Read more on IU’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #122
    • Niche Grade
      A
    • Acceptance Rate
      80.7%
    • SAT Composite
      1000-1320

    On Athletics: “We have great facilities for both the athletes and other people on campus. We have a newly renovated gym that offers a lot of options for workouts. Football is huge at our school and most of the Fall revolves around the football games. School spirit is immense; you can’t walk outside without seeing at least a handful of students in Iowa gear.” – College Sophomore

    Read more on Iowa’s Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #134
    • Niche Grade
      A
    • Acceptance Rate
      58.4%
    • SAT Composite
      1110-1340

    On Athletics: “They call themselves the “Birthplace of College Football” so yeah, sports are kind of important. Especially football.” – College Junior

    Read more on Rutgers’ Niche profile

    • 2018 Best Colleges Rank
      #166
    • Niche Grade
      A
    • Acceptance Rate
      76.3%
    • SAT Composite
      1000-1290

    On Athletics: “Husker Athletics is arguably one of the best athletic programs in the country. One awesome thing is that the football program is financially separate from the university. I don’t have to worry about my tuition money being spent on football facilities.” – Recent Alumnus

    Read more on UNL’s Niche profile

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List of Big Ten Schools, Ranked and Reviewed