• 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.

    College of the Atlantic

    Bar Harbor, ME
    • 338 Enrolled

    College of the Holy Cross

    Worcester, MA
    • 2,941 Enrolled

    Columbia University

    New York, NY
    • 6,158 Enrolled

    Connecticut College

    New London, CT
    • 1,865 Enrolled

    Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY
    • 14,566 Enrolled

    Dartmouth College

    Hanover, NH
    • 4,310 Enrolled

    Delaware Valley University

    Doylestown, PA
    • 1,993 Enrolled

    Dickinson College

    Carlisle, PA
    • 2,420 Enrolled

    Drew University

    Madison, NJ
    • 1,521 Enrolled

    Drexel University

    Philadelphia, PA
    • 15,499 Enrolled

    Duquesne University

    Pittsburgh, PA
    • 6,039 Enrolled

    Eastern Connecticut State University

    Willimantic, CT
    • 5,301 Enrolled

    Elizabethtown College

    Elizabethtown, PA
    • 1,737 Enrolled

    Elmira College

    Elmira, NY
    • 1,101 Enrolled

    Emerson College

    Emerson College

    Boston, MA
    • 3,790 Enrolled
    From the School: Emerson College in Boston has exceptional programs in communications, visual and media arts, performing arts, ...

    Fairfield University

    Fairfield, CT
    • 4,032 Enrolled

    Fordham University

    Fordham University

    Bronx, NY
    • 9,258 Enrolled
    From the School: Founded in 1841, Fordham is a world-renowned Jesuit, Catholic university with two campuses in New York City. Our ...

    Franklin & Marshall College

    Lancaster, PA
    • 2,255 Enrolled

    Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

    Needham, MA
    • 378 Enrolled

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