50 TOP Colleges

PRIVATE College List: Hidden Ivies: 50 top private colleges from Amherst to Williams that rivals the Ivy (most with great financial-aid packages for students!)    http://galileoweb.org/college/private/fifty/

Name of College     Admitted   /  Applied  (2007)      Admit Rate: 

Amherst                                1175   / 6680                                                                  18%

Barnard                                1315/4574                                                                     29%

Bates                                       1312/4434                                                                         30%

Boston College                    7869/28,850                                                                   27%

Bowdoin                                 1130/5961                                                                         19%

Bryn Mawr                             958/2106                                                                           45%

Bucknell                                  2673/8943                                                                        30%

Carleton                                   1444/4840                                                                       30%

University of Chicago        3597/10362                                                                    35%

Claremont McKenna             671/3778                                                                        18%

Colby                                         1488/4679                                                                      32%

Colgate                                      2242/8759                                                                     26%

Colorado                                  1540/4826                                                                      32%

Davidson                                 1127/3992                                                                       28%

Duke                                           4077/17748                                                                  23%

Emory                                        4175/15366                                                                  27%

Georgetown                             3363/16163                                                                 21%

Grinnell                                     1534/3077                                                                   50%

Hamilton                                  1376/4962                                                                   28%

Haverford                                877/3492                                                                     25%

Johns Hopkins                       3603/14848                                                                24%

Kenyon                                     1352/4646                                                                   29%

Lafayette                                  2224/6364                                                                  35%

Lehigh                                       2015/4967                                                                  32%

Macalester                             2015/4967                                                                   41%

Middlebury                            1479/7180                                                                   21%

Mount Holyoke                    1671/3194                                                                    52%

Northwestern                       5872/21930                                                                 27%

Notre Dame                           3549/14503                                                                24%

Oberlin                                     2193/7014                                                                  31%

Pomona                                   964/5908                                                                     16%

Reed                                          1154/3365                                                                  34%

Rice                                           2251/8968                                                                  25%

Richmond                              2654/6649                                                                   40%

Rochester                              4815/11676                                                                41%

Smith College                        1726/3329                                                                  52%

USC                                             8553/33760                                                            25%

Stanford                                  2464/23958                                                               10%

Swarthmore                           930/5242                                                                   18%

Trinity (Connecticut)        2037/5950                                                                34%

Tufts                                          4229/15365                                                              28%

Tulane                                      7526/16967                                                              44%

Vanderbilt                              4238/12911                                                               33%

Vassar                                       1830/6393                                                                29%

Wake Forest                            3041/7177                                                               42%

Washington and Lee            1018/3719                                                                27%

Washington                          3887/22428                                                               17%

Wellesley                              1434/4017                                                                  36%

Wesleyan                              2123/7750                                                                  27%

Williams                                1194/6478                                                                    18%

Average Admit Rate                                 :           30%

Total Applicants Admited/Apply: 129,851/ 472,383, Size of 2007 class: 44,694




Brown University (Providence, RI)

Columbia (NYC, NY)

Cornell (Ithaca, NY)

Dartmouth (Hanover, NH)

Harvard (Cambridge, MA)

Princeton Univ. (New Jersey)

Univ. of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Yale (New Haven, CT)


Other Colleges and Universities of Excellence:

Brandeis University

Case Western Reserve University

Connecticut College

Denison University

DePauw University

Dickinson College

Franklin and Marshall College

Furman University

George Washington University

College of the Holy Cross

Lawrence University

St. Olaf College

Scripps College

Skidmore College

University of the South (Sewanee)

Southern Methodist University

Trinity University (Texas)

Union College

Wheaton College (Massachusetts)

Whitman College


Predominately Scientific and Technical Universities:

California Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

Harvey Mudd College

Massachusettts Institute of Technology

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology


A+ Schools for B Students

Adelphi University (NY)

Auburn University (AL)

Baylor University (TX)

Biola University (CA)

Clark University (MA)

Clarkson University (NY)

Clemson University (SC)
Colorado State University

DePaul University  (IL)

Drexel University (IL)

Duquesne University (PA)
Florida Inst. of Tech

Fordham University (NY)

Georgia Fox University (OR)

George Mason University (VA)

Hofstara University (NY)

Indiana Univ. -Bloomington

Iowa State University

Louisiana State U-Baton Rouge

Loyola University of Chicago

Marquette University (WI)

Miami University -Oxford (Ohio)

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

New Jersey Inst. of Technology

North Dakota State University

Ohio University

Oklahoma State University

Pacific University (OR)

Pepperdine University (CA)

Purdue U.-West Lafayette (IN)

Rutgers, St.U of N.J.-N. Brun

Rutgers, St.U of N.J.-N. Newark

Samford University (AL)

Southern Methodist University (TX)

St. Louise University

SUNY Col. of Envir. Sci. & For.

SUNNY- Stony Brook

Syracuse University (NY)

Temple University (PA)

Texas Christian University

Texas Tech University

Univ. at Albany-SUNY

Univ. at Buffalo-SUNY

University of Alabama

U. of Alabama-Birmingham

Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville

University of  Arkansas

Univ. of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado-Boulder

University of Daytona (OH)

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Hawaii-Manoa

University of Idaho

University of Illinois-Chicago

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville (KY)

U. of Maryland-Baltimore Co.

U. of Massachusetts-Amherst

U. of Massachusetts-Lowell

University of Mississippi

University of Missouri

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of New Hampshire

University of North Dakota

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of San Diego

Univ. of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of South Florida

University of St. Thomas (MN)

University of Tennessee

University of Texas-Dallas

University of the Pacific (CA)

University of Utah

University of Vermont

Virginia Commonwealth University

West Virginia University



National Universities consists of 262 institutions (164 public and 98 private) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as masters & doctoral degrees; some emphaisze research. Factors of rankings include: academic reputation, graduation and retention rate, average freshman retention rate, faculty resources, student faculty ratio, selectivity rank, acceptance rate, financial resources, alumni giving rate.

  1. Harvard (MA)
  2. Princeton (NJ)
  3. Yale (CT)
  4. Columbia University (NY)
  5. Stanford University (CA)
  6. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  7. California Institute of Technology
  8. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
  9. Dartmouth College (NH)
  10. Duke University (NC)
  11. University of Chicago
  12. Northwestern University (IL)
  13. Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  14. Washington University in St. Louis
  15. Brown University (RI)
  16. Cornell University (NY)
  17. Rice University (TX)
  18. Vanderbilt University (TN)
  19. University of Notre Dame (IN)
  20. Emory University (GA)
  21. Georgetown University (DC)
  22. University of California -Berkeley *
  23. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  24. Univ. of Southern California
  25. Univ of California-Los Angeles *
  26. University of Virginia*
  27. Wake Forest University (NC)
  28. Tufts University (MA)
  29. University of Michigan0-Ann Harbor *
  30. Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill *
  31. Boston College
  32. College of William and Mary (VA)*
  33. New York University
  34. Brandeis University (MA)
  35. Georgia Institute of Technology*
  36. Univ. of California-San Diego *
  37. Lehigh University (PA)
  38. University of Rochester (NY)
  39. University of California-Davis *
  40. Univ of California-Santa Barbara*
  41. Case Western Reserve Univ. (OH)
  42. Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (NY)
  43. University of California-Irvine *
  44. University of Washington *
  45. University of Texas-Austin *
  46. Univ. Wisconsin-Madison*
  47. Pennsylvania State U-University Park*
  48. Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign*
  49. University of Miami (FL)
  50. Yeshiva University (NY)
  51. George Washington University (DC)
  52. Tulane University (LA)
  53. Pepperdine University (CA)
  54. University of Florida*
  55. Syracuse University (NY)
  56. Boston University
  57. Fordham University (NY)
  58. Ohio State University-Columbus*
  59. Purdue University-West Lafayette (IN)*
  60.  Southern Methodist University (TX)
  61. University of Georgia*
  62. Univ. of Maryland -College Park *
  63. Texas A&M Univ-College Station
  64. Clemson University (SC)*
  65. Rutgers, State U. of NJ-New Brunswick*
  66. Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities*
  67. University of Pittsburgh*
  68. Worcester Polytechnic Inst. (MA)
  69. Northeastern University (MA)
  70. University of Connecticut*
  71. Virginia Tech *
  72. Colorado School of Mines *
  73. Univ. of California-Santa Cruz*
  74. University of Iowa*
  75. Brigham Young Univ-Provo (UT)
  76. Indiana University-Bloomington)
  77. Marquette University (WI)
  78. University of Delaware*
  79. American University (DC)
  80. Baylor University (TX)
  81. Miami University-Oxford (OH)*
  82. Michigan State University*
  83. SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry *
  84. University of Alabama*
  85. Auburn University (AL)*
  86. Binghamton University-SUNY*
  87. Clark University (MA)
  88. Drexel University (PA)
  89. Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
  90. St. Louis University
  91. University of Colorado-Boulder*
  92. University of Denver
  93. University of Tulsa (OK)
  94. Iowa State University *
  95. University of California-Riverside*
  96. University of Missouri*
  97. University of San Diego
  98. University of Vermont*
  99. SUNY-Stony Brook*
  100. Texas Christian University
  101. University of Dayton (OH)
  102. Univ. of Massachussetts-Amherst*
  103. University of Pacific (CA)
117. University of San Francisco
136 University of La Verne
159 University of Hawaii-Manoa
167 Asuza Pacific University (CA)
183 San Diego State University*


If you attend a California Public University/College (like the UC, CSU), you’ll pay in-state tuition, but if you attend an out-of-state public university, you’ll pay much more. Now, if you attend some of the schools in the Western Undergraduate Exchange programs, you’ll pay 150% of the resident tuition: http://wiche.edu/wue

Western Undergraduate Exchanged (reduced fee, 150% of resident tuition) WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

  1. Univ. of California-Berkeley
  2. Univ. of California-Los Angeles
  3. University of Virginia
  4. University of Michigan-Ann Harbor
  5. U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  6. College of William and Mary (VA)
  7. Georgia Institute of Technology
  8. Univ. of California-San Diego
  9. Univ. of California-Davis
  10. Univ. of California-Santa Barbara
  11. Univ. of California-Irvine
  12. University of Washington
  13. University of Texas-Austin
  14. Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
  15. Pennsylvania State U. -U Park
  16. U. of Ill-Urbana-Champaign
  17. University of Florida
  18. Ohio State University-Columbus
  19. Purdue U-West Lafayette (IN)
  20. University of Georgia
  21. Univ. of Maryland-College Park
  22. Texas A&M U-College Station
  23. Clemson University (SC)
  24. Rutgers, the State Univ. of New Jersey-New Brunswick
  25. Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  26. University of Pittsburgh
  27. University of Connecticut
  28. Virginia Tech
  29. Colorado School of Mines
  30. Univ. of California-Santa Cruz
  31. University of Iowa
  32. Indiana Univ-Bloomington
  33. University of Delaware
  34. Miami University-Oxford (OH)
  35. Michigan State University
  36. SUNY Col of Environmental Science & For
  37. University of Alabama
  38. Auburn University (AL)
  39. Binghamton University-SUNY, State University of NY
  40. University of Colorado-Boulder
  41. Iowa State University
  42. Univ. of California-Riverside
  43. Univ. of Missouri
  44. Univ. of Vermont
  45. SUNY-Stony Brook
  46. U. of Massachusetts-Amherst
  47. Florida State University
  48. University of Kansas
  49. Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln
  50. University of New Hampshire
  51. University of Tennessee

BEST NATIONAL Liberal Arts Colleges

The country’s 266 liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences. Most are private; 28 are public. Top five public are: US Military Academy (NY), US Naval Academy (mD), Virginia Military Institute, St. Mary’s college of Maryland, New College of Florida

  1. Williams College (MA)
  2. Amherst College (MA)
  3. Swarthmore College (PA)
  4. Middlebury College (VT)
  5. Wellesley College (MA)
  6. Bowdoin College (ME)
  7. Pomona College (CA)
  8. Carleton College (MN)
  9. Davidson College (NC)
  10. Haverford College (PA)
  11. Claremont McKenna College (CA)
  12. Vassar College (NY)
  13. Wesleyan University (CT)
  14. Smith College (MA)
  15. Washington and Lee University (VA)
  16. United States Military Academy (NY)*
  17. United States Naval Academy (MD)*
  18. Grinnell College (IA)
  19. Hamilton College (NY)
  20. Harvey Mudd College (CA)
  21. Bates College (ME)
  22. Colgate University (NY)
  23. Colby College (ME)
  24. Oberlin College (OH)
  25. Scripps College (CA)
  26. Barnard College (NY)
  27. Colorado College
  28. Macalester College (MN)
  29. Mount Holyoke College (MA)-all women
  30. Bryn Mawr College (PA)-all women
  31. Bucknell University (PA)
  32. College of the Holy Cross (MA)
  33. Kenyon College (OH)
  34. Sewanee-University of the South (TN)
  35. University of Richmond (VA)
  36. Occidental College (CA)
  37. Trinity College (CT)
  38. Bard College (NY)
  39. Lafayette College (PA)
  40. Whitman College (WA)
  41. Connecticut College
  42. Franklin and Marshall Collge (PA)
  43. Furman University (SC)
  44. Skidmore College (NY)
  45. Union College (NY)
  46. Pitzer College (CA)
  47. Centre College (KY)
  48. Dickinson COllege (PA)
  49. Gettysburg College (PA)
  50. Rhodes College (TN)
  51. Denison University (OH)
  52. DePauw University (IN)
  53. St. Olaf College (MN)