• 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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    California State University, Stanislaus

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    California State University, Stanislaus

    Turlock, CA
    • $16,632 Tuition
    • 7,847 Enrolled
    • 450 Avg SAT Reading
    • 460 Avg SAT Math
    • 450 Avg SAT Writing
    One of the members of California’s noted state university system, Stanislaus “provides affordable education” that focuses on helping students prepare for their careers with a “professional, yet laid-back demeanor.” This is “a great environment to be ...

    Chapman University

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    Chapman University

    Orange, CA
    • $46,500 Tuition
    • 6,281 Enrolled
    • 600 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 610 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: During its 154-year history, Chapman University has evolved from a small, traditional liberal arts college into a comprehensive university distinguished for its extraordinary blend of liberal arts, science, and professional ...

    Hawai'i Pacific University

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    Hawai'i Pacific University

    Honolulu, HI
    • $22,160 Tuition
    • 4,835 Enrolled
    • 500 Avg SAT Reading
    • 510 Avg SAT Math
    • 480 Avg SAT Writing
    Mega-diverse Hawaii Pacific University is the biggest private university in the Aloha State and "a perfect setting where east and west traditions meet." Students come here from more than 100 countries. There are some 50 undergraduate concentrations ...

    The University of Texas at Dallas

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    The University of Texas at Dallas

    Richardson, TX
    • $31,328 Tuition
    • 14,300 Enrolled
    • 610 Avg SAT Reading
    • 640 Avg SAT Math
    • 590 Avg SAT Writing
    Though nowhere near the size of some of its fellow state schools, UT Dallas provides its more than 12,000 undergraduates with a wealth of resources, financial aid, and opportunities, striving for “a future of talented and smart individuals.” UTD has ...

    Abilene Christian University

    Abilene, TX
    • $30,780 Tuition
    • 3,650 Enrolled
    • 530 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    • 560 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Abilene Christian University (ACU) offers an exceptional education in a distinctive Christian environment at an affordable price. ACU believes strongly in the dignity and worth of the individual and in academic integrity, ...

    American Jewish University

    Bel Air, CA
    • $26,784 Tuition
    • 125 Enrolled
    • 500 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    • 530 Avg SAT Writing
    Despite its small size, AJU has “the resources of a large university available if you want them.” A place where “you are an individual and not a number,” students say that at AJU, “you feel like learning is designed for you as an individual.” The ...

    Angelo State University

    San Angelo, TX
    • $16,560 Tuition
    • 5,425 Enrolled
    • 480 Avg SAT Reading
    • 490 Avg SAT Math
    • 450 Avg SAT Writing
    From the School: Angelo State University aims to touch tomorrow in the lives of its students, in the growth of their communities, whether local or global, and in the pursuit of the common good of society. As a member of the Texas Tech ...

    Arizona State University

    Tempe, AZ
    • $23,830 Tuition
    • 39,968 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 580 Avg SAT Math
    Known as a research behemoth and one of the largest public universities in the United States, Arizona State University pairs world-renowned programs and “unlimited resources” with a high degree of expectation for student accomplishment. The school’s ...

    Austin College

    Sherman, TX
    • 1,278 Enrolled
    • 600 Avg SAT Reading
    • 600 Avg SAT Math
    • 580 Avg SAT Writing
    “Individual attention” is the name of the game at Austin College. Indeed, the small size of the school allows for a lot of “one-on-one interaction” and provides students with “many opportunities to get involved on campus.” Additionally, students are ...

    Azusa Pacific University

    Azusa, CA
    • $32,516 Tuition
    • 6,160 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 520 Avg SAT Math
    • 510 Avg SAT Writing
    As a “God-centered Christian university” in Southern California, Azusa Pacific boasts “awesome” nursing and music programs, “small” class sizes, and a “friendly” campus atmosphere, not to mention the added benefit of year-round “California sun.” One ...

    Baylor University

    Waco, TX
    • $36,360 Tuition
    • 13,859 Enrolled
    • 610 Avg SAT Reading
    • 620 Avg SAT Math
    • 580 Avg SAT Writing
    Located deep in the heart of Texas, Baylor is an educational powerhouse that helps undergraduates “achieve their academic potential” while simultaneously “guiding [and fostering] their moral and Christian values.” The university seamlessly ...

    Biola University

    La Mirada, CA
    • $33,322 Tuition
    • 4,373 Enrolled
    • 560 Avg SAT Reading
    • 550 Avg SAT Math
    • 550 Avg SAT Writing
    Deep in the heart of sunny southern California, Biola University provides a “rich Christian culture” that allows students to “integrate biblical values and secular knowledge.” Not surprisingly, the university fosters a “close knit community” which ...

    Brigham Young University (UT)

    Provo, UT
    • $5,150 Tuition
    • 27,163 Enrolled
    • 630 Avg SAT Reading
    • 630 Avg SAT Math
    Brigham Young University is a Mormon school that’s “all about putting religion and education together” and learning “about secular subjects through spiritual eyes.” The school provides a “high-quality” education in a “challenging” academic ...

    California Institute of Technology

    Pasadena, CA
    • $43,710 Tuition
    • 983 Enrolled
    • 760 Avg SAT Reading
    • 780 Avg SAT Math
    • 760 Avg SAT Writing
    Beyond arguably one of the most rigorous undergraduate educations in science out there, Caltech is a small, tight-knit community that is “geared towards training tomorrow’s leaders and pioneers in the field of science.” There may be a heavy emphasis ...

    California Institute of the Arts

    Valencia, CA
    • $36,166 Tuition
    • 888 Enrolled
    California Institute of the Arts offers both visual and performing arts including art, dance, film/video, music and theater. Indeed, CalArts has a reputation of “intensely training young artists to become working professionals.” According to ...

    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    Pomona, CA
    • $16,632 Tuition
    • 22,395 Enrolled
    • 510 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    You get a lot of bang for your buck at Cal Poly Pomona. With its “good reputation” and “general affordability,” this large public school attracts career-oriented students across a range of engineering and applied science majors. “Linking theory and ...

    California State University--East Bay

    Hayward, CA
    • $14,019 Tuition
    • 10,582 Enrolled
    • 450 Avg SAT Reading
    • 460 Avg SAT Math
    • 460 Avg SAT Writing
    Many students choose Cal State University---East Bay for its “affordable” tuition, “small class sizes,” and “strong” business, nursing, and teaching programs. Students say CSUEB is dedicated to “helping the students get where they need to be as soon ...

    California State University--Long Beach

    Long Beach, CA
    • $11,160 Tuition
    • 31,523 Enrolled
    • 520 Avg SAT Reading
    • 540 Avg SAT Math
    California State University—Long Beach “is a place that provides a reputable education at an affordable price.” In keeping with the school’s motto of “graduation starts today,” CSULB aims to provide an “educational environment filled with activities ...

    California State University--San Bernardino

    San Bernardino, CA
    • $11,160 Tuition
    • 16,676 Enrolled
    • 440 Avg SAT Reading
    • 450 Avg SAT Math
    • 440 Avg SAT Writing
    Cal State San Bernardino’s motto is “Come here, go anywhere” and undergrads certainly feel that sentiment rings true. The university provides a “great education” that allows students to “discover amazing things about [themselves].” CSUSB offers a ...

    Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont, CA
    • 1,301 Enrolled
    • 700 Avg SAT Reading
    • 730 Avg SAT Math
    • 720 Avg SAT Writing
    Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its “phenomenal academics,” “brilliant professors,” “amazing career services center,” and “perfect weather,” it’s no wonder CMC students are “the happiest students in America.” Claremont ...


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