• For our "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" web feature, we salute 649 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. 

    Please note that these lists are not ranked. They appear in alphabetical order, with featured schools first.

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    DePaul University


    DePaul University

    Chicago, IL
    • $35,680 Tuition
    • 16,153 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 570 Avg SAT Math
    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


    Ohio Wesleyan University

    Delaware, OH
    • $42,910 Tuition
    • 1,734 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 540 Avg SAT Writing
    To some, Ohio Wesleyan University offers the best of both worlds: the “smaller school” experience of a “liberal arts education” along with the “fantastic financial aid,” “scholarship money,” and “opportunity to play a collegiate sport” available at ...

    Albion College

    Albion, MI
    • $38,678 Tuition
    • 1,268 Enrolled
    • 530 Avg SAT Reading
    • 580 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $35,008 Tuition
    • 1,396 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 500 Avg SAT Math
    • 500 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • 1,976 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 520 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $29,844 Tuition
    • 3,307 Enrolled
    • 510 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    “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
    • 3,153 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 570 Avg SAT Math
    • 540 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • $38,466 Tuition
    • 2,500 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 540 Avg SAT Writing

    Augustana University

    Sioux Falls, SD
    • $29,624 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
    • $26,730 Tuition
    • 1,010 Enrolled
    • 480 Avg SAT Reading
    • 500 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $29,908 Tuition
    • 3,362 Enrolled
    • 540 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    • 530 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • 16,652 Enrolled
    • 530 Avg SAT Reading
    • 530 Avg SAT Math
    • 520 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • $44,590 Tuition
    • 1,303 Enrolled
    • 620 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $31,110 Tuition
    • 4,588 Enrolled
    • 550 Avg SAT Reading
    • 580 Avg SAT Math
    • 530 Avg SAT Writing
    Academically, Bradley provides “the resources of a large university with the familiarity that comes from a small liberal arts school.” Students love midsized Bradley in Illinois “because of the size of the campus and of the Academic Exploration ...

    Butler University

    Indianapolis, IN
    • $36,050 Tuition
    • 4,062 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 590 Avg SAT Math
    • 560 Avg SAT Writing
    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
    • $30,425 Tuition
    • 3,894 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $48,987 Tuition
    • 2,045 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 710 Avg SAT Math
    • 700 Avg SAT Writing
    Carleton College, with its low student-teacher ratio and small-town Minnesota setting, “is a rigorous school full of laid-back, outdoorsy students with a passion for learning and for developing strong community.” With a trimester schedule and an ...

    Carthage College

    Kenosha WI, WI
    • $36,570 Tuition
    • 2,902 Enrolled
    • 540 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    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
    • $44,156 Tuition
    • 4,911 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 710 Avg SAT Math
    • 660 Avg SAT Writing
    Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University is mid-sized school that boasts “fantastic research opportunities,” “an awesome environment,” and “amazing financial aid.” CWRU is “known as an outstanding engineering school” and ...

    Cedarville University

    Cedarville, OH
    • $27,006 Tuition
    • 3,303 Enrolled
    • 600 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 570 Avg SAT Writing
    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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