• 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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    Adelphi University

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    Adelphi University

    Garden City, NY
    • $30,840 Tuition
    • 5,071 Enrolled
    • 550 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 560 Avg SAT Writing
    If you are looking for a beautiful campus that is an easy train ride from the excitement and opportunity of New York City, Adelphi is the answer. Located on Long Island in Garden City, New York, this school is small enough to provide personalized ...

    Bryant University

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    Bryant University

    Smithfield, RI
    • $39,241 Tuition
    • 3,320 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 540 Avg SAT Writing
    Located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Bryant University is “small” New England school that “breaks the boundaries between liberal arts and business.” “Bryant is primarily focused on business, but also encourages students to expand their world ...

    City University of New York--Brooklyn College

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    City University of New York--Brooklyn College

    Brooklyn, NY
    • $6,330 Tuition
    • 14,115 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 550 Avg SAT Math
    Brooklyn College “is the perfect representative of Brooklyn as a borough and [of] success in the community,” an institution that, like its home borough, “educates its students in an environment that reflects diversity, opportunity (study abroad, ...

    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School

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    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School

    New York, NY
    • $39,030 Tuition
    • 1,487 Enrolled
    • 600 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 600 Avg SAT Writing
    Eugene Lang College is an “unconventional,” highly urban school with few academic requirements where courses have “really long poetic titles” and professors “go by their first names.” “Lang is about small classes in a big city,” summarizes a writing ...

    Gettysburg College

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    Gettysburg College

    Gettysburg, PA
    • $47,480 Tuition
    • 2,451 Enrolled
    • 640 Avg SAT Reading
    • 640 Avg SAT Math
    Personal and intellectual growth is at the heart of the Gettysburg College experience. Students eagerly praise the school’s “friendly, community-oriented atmosphere,” and competent, caring professors. “The faculty takes a developed interest in the ...

    Marist College

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    Marist College

    Poughkeepsie, NY
    • $33,250 Tuition
    • 5,516 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 590 Avg SAT Writing
    Marist College is a comprehensive college with liberal arts tradition located “on the Hudson River” that is gaining a national reputation. The students enjoy the “small class sizes,” “Catholic underpinning” (the school was founded as a Catholic ...

    Pratt Institute

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    Pratt Institute

    Brooklyn, NY
    • $44,580 Tuition
    • 3,145 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 590 Avg SAT Writing
    There’s a prestige to attending Pratt Institute, a design-oriented school with unique teaching methods located right in the heart of Brooklyn. Known among the art world as “Ione of the best art schools in the country,” students here enjoy the ...

    State University of New York--Oswego

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    State University of New York--Oswego

    Oswego, NY
    • $16,320 Tuition
    • 7,193 Enrolled
    • 550 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    An "excellent business program," a strong education program, a "successful honors program," and "good study-abroad options" highlight the academic offerings of SUNY-Oswego. Professors seem focused on creating a "personal and comfortable learning ...

    Stonehill College

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    Stonehill College

    Easton, MA
    • $38,550 Tuition
    • 2,401 Enrolled
    • 550 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 560 Avg SAT Writing
    This small liberal arts college located between Boston and Providence “creates an inclusive environment and presents its students with countless opportunities for internships and other pre-grad networking opportunities,” opportunities pushed by ...

    University of New Haven

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    University of New Haven

    West Haven, CT
    • $34,330 Tuition
    • 5,048 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    • 520 Avg SAT Writing
    The University of New Haven is a small private university that grooms students for future careers through an emphasis on experiential education. The school is all about “providing students with avenues of experience inside and outside the classroom ...

    Wentworth Institute of Technology

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    Wentworth Institute of Technology

    Boston, MA
    • $30,760 Tuition
    • 4,329 Enrolled
    • 540 Avg SAT Reading
    • 580 Avg SAT Math
    • 520 Avg SAT Writing
    Wentworth Institute of Technology excels at “preparing students for the work force” through a range of rigorous, “hands-on” programs in engineering, architecture, design, and computer science. The school’s technical and “career-focused” degrees ...

    Albright College

    Reading, PA
    • $38,950 Tuition
    • 1,775 Enrolled
    • 530 Avg SAT Reading
    • 520 Avg SAT Math
    Albright College's motto is "A different way of thinking," and students tell us that it's not just an empty slogan. Rather, this principle "is truly evident, in a positive way, in all aspects" of an Albright education "including the academic ...

    Alfred University

    Alfred, NY
    • $27,824 Tuition
    • 1,960 Enrolled
    • 540 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 520 Avg SAT Writing
    Alfred University is a small school with an impressive range of world-class majors. The school is known for its “excellent art program,” particularly its ceramics and glass majors, as well as for its engineering and psychology programs. While some ...

    Allegheny College

    Meadville, PA
    • $41,970 Tuition
    • 2,023 Enrolled
    • 580 Avg SAT Reading
    • 580 Avg SAT Math
    • 580 Avg SAT Writing
    Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania is a school “where people exude passion about what they are involved in,” and the curriculum is “all about applying your knowledge to your experiences.” The school allows students to combine completely ...

    American University

    Washington, DC
    • $42,556 Tuition
    • 7,706 Enrolled
    • 640 Avg SAT Reading
    • 610 Avg SAT Math
    • 620 Avg SAT Writing
    American University exploits its Washington, D.C., location—that facilitates a strong faculty, prestigious guest lecturers, and “a wealth of internship opportunities”—to offer “incredibly strong programs” in political science and international ...

    Amherst College

    Amherst, MA
    • 1,792 Enrolled
    • 720 Avg SAT Reading
    • 720 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    A crown jewel of the liberal arts college scene, Amherst College is an intimate and academically demanding school in western Massachusetts, where its 1,800 students from all across the country come to collaborate on “the highest of academic ...

    Arcadia University

    Glenside, PA
    • $33,490 Tuition
    • 2,211 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    • 550 Avg SAT Writing
    Lots of colleges claim to give their students a "global perspective," but Arcadia really delivers. It has a phenomenal study abroad program with "many pathways" for international study and travel. Students "tend to get addicted to it," and many go ...

    Assumption College

    Worcester, MA
    • $35,510 Tuition
    • 2,008 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 560 Avg SAT Math
    Located in the liberal arts college haven of Worcester, MA, Assumption College is “a tight knit, faith-based community where everyone is part of a family.” The small school focuses on “educating aware and prospective young adults to become active ...

    Babson College

    Babson Park, MA
    • $46,784 Tuition
    • 2,107 Enrolled
    • 620 Avg SAT Reading
    • 660 Avg SAT Math
    • 620 Avg SAT Writing
    An AASCB-accredited business school with both graduate and undergraduate programs, Babson College “aims to create future leaders” through an “innovative curriculum” emphasizing “entrepreneurial thought and action.” In the first year, incoming ...

    Bard College

    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    • $49,226 Tuition
    • 2,059 Enrolled
    • 660 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    Bard College is private, liberal arts institution located in the Hudson Valley that boasts a strong arts focus and a dedication to civic engagement locally, nationally, and worldwide in ways that “are unheard of for an institution of this size.” The ...


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