• For our "2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature, we salute 648 colleges in four regions of the country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West—that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.


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    DePaul University

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    DePaul University

    Chicago, IL
    • $34,390 Tuition
    • 1150 Avg SAT
    • 16,153 Enrolled

    DePaul University’s urban setting means this Chicago school is “all about integrating the opportunities of the city into the classroom,” offering students “the essentials in order for a student to succeed in the business field.” Here, the ...

    Ohio Wesleyan University

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    Ohio Wesleyan University

    Delaware, OH
    • $41,660 Tuition
    • 1110 Avg SAT
    • 1,734 Enrolled

    Ohio Wesleyan University is “an outstanding, small, liberal arts college” that manages to cultivate a “welcoming and diverse” community. With “fantastic scholarships,” a “beautiful” campus, and academic “flexibility” that allows undergrads to pursue ...

    Albion College

    Albion, MI
    • $36,872 Tuition
    • 1110 Avg SAT
    • 1,268 Enrolled

    Armed with a “great reputation” and a “small-town feeling,” Albion College provides undergraduates with a “rigorous but rewarding” academic experience replete with “huge opportunities.” Students here truly appreciate that Albion works diligently to ...

    Alma College

    Alma, MI
    • $33,825 Tuition
    • 1020 Avg SAT
    • 1,396 Enrolled

    With its strong academic offerings in economics, political science, business administration, premedical sciences, and education, it's no wonder students brag that “Alma College takes pride in preparing students for graduate/professional school or ...

    Anderson University (IN)

    Anderson, IN
    • $26,770 Tuition
    • 1030 Avg SAT
    • 1,976 Enrolled

    Bringing together a rigorous academic program, a community-oriented atmosphere, and a Christian perspective, “Anderson University is about educating students for their future endeavors while having them consider the spiritual side of their life ...

    Ashland University

    Ashland, OH
    • $26,566 Tuition
    • 1040 Avg SAT
    • 3,146 Enrolled

    “Located in the heart of super-friendly and considerate Middle America,” Ashland University hosts “an odd mixture of academic diehards and stereotypical party enthusiasts, which means that there is something for everyone.” A small university with ...

    Augsburg College

    Minneapolis, MN
    • $29,794 Tuition
    • 1140 Avg SAT
    • 3,153 Enrolled

    Augsburg College offers two distinct academic routes---the Day Program, which is for “traditional” students (i.e., those who have recently graduated from high school), and the Weekend College Program, for nontraditional (i.e., older) students. In ...

    Augustana College (IL)

    Rock Island, IL
    • 1160 Avg SAT
    • 2,500 Enrolled


    Augustana College (SD)

    Sioux Falls, SD
    • $28,764 Tuition
    • 1,671 Enrolled

    Augustana College is a “Christian, liberal arts school devoted to excellence, community, and service.” High school students “enter to learn,” and college

    Baker University

    Baldwin City, KS
    • $25,950 Tuition
    • 980 Avg SAT
    • 1,010 Enrolled

    Tiny and intimate Baker University is a Methodist-affiliated liberal arts college in eastern Kansas with a broad and fairly flexible set of general education requirements. Business, education, and nursing are reportedly among the best academic ...

    Baldwin Wallace University

    Berea, OH
    • $28,814 Tuition
    • 1070 Avg SAT
    • 3,362 Enrolled

    Baldwin-Wallace College is a small liberal arts college with a "unified, cohesive atmosphere that promotes learning, development, and experience." It has a wide range of strong majors, including music, theater, education, and business. Its music ...

    Ball State University

    Muncie, IN
    • $22,988 Tuition
    • 1060 Avg SAT
    • 16,652 Enrolled

    The cornerstone of Ball State University's educational philosophy is its commitment to experiential or "immersive learning." In addition to completing class work, students participate in research or community-based projects and complete capstone ...

    Beloit College

    Beloit, WI
    • $42,220 Tuition
    • 1240 Avg SAT
    • 1,303 Enrolled

    From the School: Beloit College is a four-year, independent, national college of liberal arts and sciences in Southern Wisconsin. It is a college where great teaching and mentoring prepare students to lead lives of consequence and where ...

    Bradley University

    Peoria, IL
    • $30,500 Tuition
    • 1170 Avg SAT
    • 4,872 Enrolled

    Academically, Bradley provides “the resources of a large university with the familiarity that comes from a small liberal arts school.” The goal is to provide students with a hands-on learning environment and to prepare them for the world beyond ...

    Butler University

    Indianapolis, IN
    • 1170 Avg SAT
    • 4,062 Enrolled

    As soon as I walked onto the campus of Butler University, I knew it was the place I would attend for college. That's the kind of thing you hear from Butler students a lot. Butler's small, "absolutely beautiful" campus is just the right size, big ...

    Calvin College

    Grand Rapids, MI
    • $29,400 Tuition
    • 1180 Avg SAT
    • 3,894 Enrolled

    Nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids, Calvin College manages to seamlessly integrate “Christian faith and learning.” While Christian principles certainly permeate the campus, students stress that “religion [isn’t] forced.” Rather, the college simply ...

    Carleton College

    Northfield, MN
    • 1420 Avg SAT
    • 2,045 Enrolled

    Students seeking a “top-notch” and “cooperative…learning environment that challenges students without leaving them overwhelmed” will find a happy home at Carleton College, an extremely rigorous liberal arts school characterized by what students call ...

    Carthage College

    Kenosha WI, WI
    • $36,570 Tuition
    • 1100 Avg SAT
    • 2,902 Enrolled

    Lutheran-affiliated Carthage College is “a small, friendly school where you can get a more personalized education than you would get at a large university.” Scholarships are generous, “classes are small,” and a broad set of general education ...

    Case Western Reserve University

    Cleveland, OH
    • 1370 Avg SAT
    • 4,911 Enrolled

    If you want a school “huge” in research, then CWRU may be the choice for you. This “hidden gem” in Cleveland, Ohio, “deserves at least a second look.” At CWRU, you have “the chance to do research [in] a world-class medical school,” to take part in ...

    Cedarville University

    Cedarville, OH
    • $27,006 Tuition
    • 1190 Avg SAT
    • 3,303 Enrolled

    Cedarville University, a Baptist school in western Ohio, is “a Christ-centered university” seeking to “provide students with a top-notch education grounded in a Biblical worldview while equipping them for a lifetime of success and service” through ...


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