The Best College in Each State

We sorted our 2018 Best Colleges in America list to find the #1 college in each state in America. Curious about how we ranked the colleges? Check out our methodology!

State School Name Niche Overall Grade Acceptance Rate SAT Range Academics Grade Net Price
State Alabama
School Name University of Alabama
Niche Overall Grade A
Acceptance Rate 51%
SAT Range 990-1250
Academics Grade A
Net Price $18,935
State Alaska
Niche Overall Grade C+
Acceptance Rate 100%
SAT Range N/A
Academics Grade B
Net Price $8,383
State Arizona
Niche Overall Grade A
Acceptance Rate 84%
SAT Range 1020-1270
Academics Grade A-
Net Price $12,191
State Arkansas
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 62%
SAT Range 1010-1230
Academics Grade A-
Net Price $14,466
State California
School Name Stanford University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 5%
SAT Range 1380-1570
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $17,952
State Colorado
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 36%
SAT Range 1230-1400
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $25,138
State Connecticut
School Name Yale University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 6%
SAT Range 1410-1600
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $19,317
State Delaware
Niche Overall Grade A
Acceptance Rate 68%
SAT Range 1080-1300
Academics Grade A-
Net Price $15,407
State Florida
School Name University of Florida
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 46%
SAT Range 1170-1360
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $14,786
State Georgia
School Name Emory University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 27%
SAT Range 1280-1460
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $28,203
State Hawaii
Niche Overall Grade B
Acceptance Rate 79%
SAT Range 980-1190
Academics Grade B+
Net Price $12,163
State Idaho
School Name Grinnell College
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 28%
SAT Range 1290-1500
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $24,896
State Idaho
Niche Overall Grade B+
Acceptance Rate 65%
SAT Range 900-1180
Academics Grade B
Net Price $20,857
State Illinois
School Name University of Chicago
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 9%
SAT Range 1435-1600
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $34,352
State Indiana
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 21%
SAT Range 1340-1520
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $27,025
State Kansas
School Name University of Kansas
Niche Overall Grade A
Acceptance Rate 91%
SAT Range N/A
Academics Grade A-
Net Price $17,985
State Kentucky
School Name Centre College
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 72%
SAT Range 1110-1340
Academics Grade A-
Net Price $24,855
State Louisiana
School Name Tulane University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 28%
SAT Range 1230-1410
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $32,797
State Maine
School Name Bowdoin College
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 15%
SAT Range 1360-1510
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $22,289
State Maryland
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 16%
SAT Range 1360-1510
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $25,207
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 8%
SAT Range 1420-1570
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $22,212
State Michigan
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 32%
SAT Range 1280-1480
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $15,850
State Minnesota
School Name Carleton College
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 23%
SAT Range 1320-1510
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $32,017
State Mississippi
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 71%
SAT Range 990-1270
Academics Grade A-
Net Price $15,297
State Missouri
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 17%
SAT Range 1420-1570
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $33,374
State Montana
School Name Carroll College
Niche Overall Grade B+
Acceptance Rate 58%
SAT Range 990-1250
Academics Grade B
Net Price $24,431
State Nebraska
School Name Creighton University
Niche Overall Grade A
Acceptance Rate 73%
SAT Range 1070-1295
Academics Grade A-
Net Price $28,551
State Nevada
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 84%
SAT Range 960-1190
Academics Grade B+
Net Price $15,583
School Name Dartmouth College
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 12%
SAT Range 1360-1550
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $21,277
State New Jersey
School Name Princeton University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 7%
SAT Range 1400-1600
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $18,885
State New Mexico
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 36%
SAT Range 1120-1310
Academics Grade A
Net Price $11,789
State New York
School Name Columbia University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 7%
SAT Range 1390-1570
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $20,838
School Name Duke University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 11%
SAT Range 1370-1550
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $21,764
State North Dakota
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 83%
SAT Range 975-1310
Academics Grade B+
Net Price $14,249
State Ohio
School Name Ohio State University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 53%
SAT Range 1160-1390
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $18,215
State Oklahoma
School Name University of Tulsa
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 40%
SAT Range 1130-1410
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $28,105
State Oregon
School Name Reed College
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 39%
SAT Range 1290-1480
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $18,671
State Pennsylvania
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 10%
SAT Range 1360-1550
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $22,694
State Rhode Island
School Name Brown University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 9%
SAT Range 1330-1550
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $21,193
School Name Clemson University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 52%
SAT Range 1150-1340
Academics Grade A
Net Price $16,799
State South Dakota
School Name Augustana University
Niche Overall Grade A
Acceptance Rate 61%
SAT Range 1010-1230
Academics Grade A
Net Price $19,834
State Tennesee
School Name Vanderbilt University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 13%
SAT Range 1430-1580
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $22,173
State Texas
School Name Rice University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 15%
SAT Range 1390-1550
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $20,512
State Utah
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 47%
SAT Range 1150-1370
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $12,335
State Vermont
School Name Middlebury College
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 17%
SAT Range 1260-1470
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $20,903
State Virginia
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 19%
SAT Range 1320-1460
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $20,700
State Washington
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 55%
SAT Range 1110-1350
Academics Grade A
Net Price $10,374
School Name Georgetown University
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 17%
SAT Range 1320-1520
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $25,786
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 86%
SAT Range 940-1140
Academics Grade B+
Net Price $9,380
State Wisconsin
Niche Overall Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 57%
SAT Range 1180-1400
Academics Grade A+
Net Price $16,131
State Wyoming
School Name University of Wyoming
Niche Overall Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 98%
SAT Range 940-1210
Academics Grade B+
Net Price $11,856
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The Best College in Each State