• For our "2017 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. These lists appear in alphabetical order. Schools marked "featured" have paid a fee for this designation.


    Adelphi University

    Garden City, NY
    • 5,205 Enrolled
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    Albright College

    Reading, PA
    • 2,304 Enrolled
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    Alfred University

    Alfred, NY
    • 1,960 Enrolled
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    Allegheny College

    Allegheny College

    Meadville, PA
    • 1,920 Enrolled
    From the School: Allegheny College is one of the country’s oldest and most dynamic private liberal arts institutions. ...

    American University

    Washington, DC
    • 7,901 Enrolled
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    Amherst College

    Amherst, MA
    • 1,849 Enrolled
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    Arcadia University

    Glenside, PA
    • 2,211 Enrolled
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    Assumption College

    Assumption College

    Worcester, MA
    • 1,989 Enrolled
    From the School: Established in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, Assumption College is a Catholic coeducational ...
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    Babson College

    Babson College

    Babson Park, MA
    • 2,283 Enrolled
    From the School: Nationally recognized as No. 1 in entrepreneurship for 20 years and ranked the Best U.S. College for ...
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    Bard College

    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    • 1,995 Enrolled
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    Bard College at Simon's Rock

    Great Barrington, MA
    • 362 Enrolled
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    Barnard College

    Barnard College

    New York, NY
    • 2,556 Enrolled
    From the School: Barnard is the most sought-after liberal arts college for women in the US. Barnard provides a cosmopolitan ...

    Bates College

    Lewiston, ME
    • 1,780 Enrolled
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    Becker College

    Becker College

    Worcester, MA
    • 2,178 Enrolled
    From the School: Future-focused Becker College has an average placement rate of over 90% for employment or further study. ...

    Bennington College

    Bennington, VT
    • 711 Enrolled
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    Bentley University

    Bentley University

    Waltham, MA
    • 4,222 Enrolled
    From the School: At Bentley University, we believe that business is everywhere and your education should prepare to learn how the ...

    Boston College

    Chestnut Hill, MA
    • 9,309 Enrolled
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    Boston University

    Boston University

    Boston, MA
    • 17,944 Enrolled
    From the School: Is Boston University the right place for you? At BU, you'll be taught by Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel ...

    Bowdoin College

    Brunswick, ME
    • 1,806 Enrolled
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    Brandeis University

    Waltham, MA
    • 3,608 Enrolled
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