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The Best College In Each State

Best College

The quality of college near you can vary widely depending on where you live. Below is a list of the best colleges and universities in each state. U.S. News rankings are in parenthesis (data collected from www.usnews.com).

1. Alabama – University of Alabama (#88)
2. Alaska – University of Alaska Anchorage (Not Ranked)
3. Arizona – Arizona State University (#129)
4. Arkansas – University of Arkansas (#135)
5. California – Stanford University (#4)
6. Colorado – University of Denver (#88)
7. Connecticut – Yale University (#3)
8. Delaware – University of Delaware (#76)
9. Florida – University of Florida (#48)
10. Georgia – Emory University (#21)
11. Hawaii – University of Hawaii Manoa (#168)
12. Idaho – University of Idaho (#166)
13. Illinois – University of Chicago (#4)
14. Indiana – University of Notre Dame (#16)
15. Iowa – University of Iowa (#71)
16. Kansas – University of Kansas (#106)
17. Kentucky – University of Kentucky (#129
18. Louisiana – Tulane University (#54)
19. Maine – University of Maine (#173)
20. Maryland – Johns Hopkins University (#12)
21. Massachusetts – Harvard University (#2)
22. Michigan – University of Michigan (#29)
23. Minnesota – University of Minnesota Twin Cities (#71)
24. Mississippi – University of Mississippi (#149)
25. Missouri – Washington University in St. Louis (#14)
26. Montana – University of Montana (#194)
27. Nebraska – University of Nebraska (#99)
28. Nevada – University of Nevada Reno (#194)
29. New Hampshire – Dartmouth College (#11)
30. New Jersey – Princeton University (#1)
31. New Mexico – University of New Mexico (#189)
32. New York – Columbia University (#4)
33. North Carolina – Duke University (#8)
34. North Dakota – University of North Dakota (#168)
35. Ohio – Case Western Reserve University (#38)
36. Oklahoma – University of Tulsa (#88)
37. Oregon – University of Oregon (#106)
38. Pennsylvania – University of Pennsylvania (#8)
39. Rhode Island – Brown University (#16)
40. South Carolina – Clemson University (#62)
41. South Dakota – University of South Dakota (#168)
42. Tennessee – Vanderbilt University (#16)
43. Texas – Rice University (#19)
44. Utah – Brigham Young University (#62)
45. Vermont – University of Vermont (#85)
46. Virginia – University of Virginia (#23)
47. Washington – University of Washington (#48)
48. West Virginia – West Virginia University (#168)
49. Wisconsin – University of Wisconsin Madison (#47)
50. Wyoming – University of Wyoming (#161)



Shaan Patel

Shaan Patel is the founder of Prep Expert Test Preparation, a #1 bestselling SAT & ACT prep author, an MD/MBA student at Yale and USC, and winner of an investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect using 100 strategies that we teach in our Prep Expert SAT and ACT courses.