• 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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    Adelphi University

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    Adelphi University

    Garden City, NY
    • $30,840 Tuition
    • 1120 Avg SAT
    • 5,071 Enrolled

    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
    • 1150 Avg SAT
    • 3,320 Enrolled

    Rhode Island’s Bryant University may offer an attractive “balance between business-focus and liberal arts–focus,” but the school’s reputation is primarily built on its robust business education. Most professors here “bring a lot of realworld ...

    City University of New York--Brooklyn College

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    City University of New York--Brooklyn College

    Brooklyn, NY
    • $6,330 Tuition
    • 1060 Avg SAT
    • 14,115 Enrolled

    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
    • 1160 Avg SAT
    • 1,487 Enrolled

    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
    • 1280 Avg SAT
    • 2,451 Enrolled

    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
    • $32,000 Tuition
    • 1180 Avg SAT
    • 5,516 Enrolled

    While students are undoubtedly drawn to Marist College’s “beautiful campus on the Hudson” and “magnificent scenery,” it is the private school’s abundance of academic offerings that really gets students excited. The “well-known business program,” ...

    Pratt Institute

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    Pratt Institute

    Brooklyn, NY
    • $44,580 Tuition
    • 1180 Avg SAT
    • 3,145 Enrolled

    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
    • $15,820 Tuition
    • 1100 Avg SAT
    • 7,193 Enrolled

    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
    • $37,426 Tuition
    • 1120 Avg SAT
    • 2,401 Enrolled

    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
    • 1060 Avg SAT
    • 5,048 Enrolled

    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
    • $29,320 Tuition
    • 1120 Avg SAT
    • 4,329 Enrolled

    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
    • $37,320 Tuition
    • 1060 Avg SAT
    • 1,775 Enrolled

    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
    • 1100 Avg SAT
    • 1,960 Enrolled

    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
    • 1160 Avg SAT
    • 2,023 Enrolled

    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 ...

    American University

    Washington, DC
    • $42,556 Tuition
    • 1240 Avg SAT
    • 7,706 Enrolled

    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
    • $47,720 Tuition
    • 1450 Avg SAT
    • 1,792 Enrolled

    With about 1,800 students, Amherst College “has a strong sense of community born of its small size” that goes hand-in-hand with an atmosphere that “encourages discussion and cooperation.” Many here are quick to praise the “fantastic” professors and ...

    Arcadia University

    Glenside, PA
    • $33,490 Tuition
    • 1110 Avg SAT
    • 2,211 Enrolled

    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
    • 1120 Avg SAT
    • 2,015 Enrolled

    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
    • 1280 Avg SAT
    • 2,107 Enrolled

    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
    • 1280 Avg SAT
    • 2,059 Enrolled

    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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