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6,814

Number of
4-year colleges

13,316,069

Students attending
4-year colleges

$18,574

Average
in-state tuition

$20,804

Average
out-of-state tuition

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

2 US News

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,945
Acceptance rate: 13%
Average annual cost: $19,055
Average salary: $59,700
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

3 US News

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Total undergraduates: 1,965
Acceptance rate: 14%
Average annual cost: $24,888
Average salary: $58,700
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

5 US News
For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world.

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

Total undergraduates: 8,523
Acceptance rate: 6%
Average annual cost: $22,973
Average salary: $78,200
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

2 US News
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Total undergraduates: 13,844
Acceptance rate: 5%
Average annual cost: $16,205
Average salary: $90,900
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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

1 US News
As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding.

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Total undergraduates: 5,659
Acceptance rate: 6%
Average annual cost: $17,732
Average salary: $80,500
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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

3 US News

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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,630
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $19,641
Average salary: $52,500
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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

3 US News
UChicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to its Hyde Park and international campuses, keeping UChicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Total undergraduates: 6,915
Acceptance rate: 7%
Average annual cost: $31,068
Average salary: $65,500
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Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

3 US News

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,688
Acceptance rate: 28%
Average annual cost: $20,013
Average salary: $60,100
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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

1 US News

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,227
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $18,167
Average salary: $54,100
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Yale University

New Haven, CT

3 US News
Since its founding in 1701, Yale has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations.

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Total undergraduates: 6,483
Acceptance rate: 6%
Average annual cost: $18,319
Average salary: $83,200
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We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

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