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The 2021 Best College in Each State

The best college in your state may be just down the road. (Or maybe just down the highway.) To help you find it, we sorted our 2021 Best Colleges in America list to find the #1 college in every state in America. Curious about how we ranked the colleges? Check out our methodology!

State College Overall_Niche_Grade Acceptance Rate SAT Range Academics_Grade Net Price
State Alabama
Overall_Niche_Grade A
Acceptance Rate 75%
SAT Range 1150-1310
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $23,205
State Alaska
Overall_Niche_Grade B
Acceptance Rate 63%
SAT Range NA
Academics_Grade B
Net Price $8,927
State Arizona
Overall_Niche_Grade A
Acceptance Rate 85%
SAT Range 1130-1360
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $13,731
State Arkansas
College Hendrix College
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 72%
SAT Range 1160-1390
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $22,732
State California
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 4%
SAT Range 1420-1570
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $17,271
State Colorado
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 49%
SAT Range 1290-1450
Academics_Grade A
Net Price $25,767
State Connecticut
College Yale University
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 6%
SAT Range 1460-1570
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $18,748
State Delaware
Overall_Niche_Grade A
Acceptance Rate 66%
SAT Range 1160-1350
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $15,883
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 15%
SAT Range 1370-1530
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $28,509
State Florida
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 39%
SAT Range 1280-1440
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $11,313
State Georgia
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 22%
SAT Range 1390-1540
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $16,950
State Hawaii
Overall_Niche_Grade B+
Acceptance Rate 45%
SAT Range 1080-1250
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $12,871
State Idaho
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 77%
SAT Range 1010-1220
Academics_Grade B+
Net Price $15,061
State Illinois
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 8%
SAT Range 1430-1550
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $27,540
State Indiana
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 18%
SAT Range 1400-1550
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $30,229
State Iowa
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 24%
SAT Range 1370-1530
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $30,808
State Kansas
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 93%
SAT Range NA
Academics_Grade B+
Net Price $18,002
State Kentucky
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 72%
SAT Range 1070-1290
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $17,098
State Louisiana
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 17%
SAT Range 1350-1490
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $37,692
State Maine
College Bowdoin College
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 10%
SAT Range 1360-1510
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $24,831
State Maryland
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 11%
SAT Range 1450-1560
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $27,868
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 7%
SAT Range 1500-1570
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $18,971
State Michigan
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 23%
SAT Range 1330-1510
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $16,856
State Minnesota
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 20%
SAT Range 1350-1530
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $32,336
State Mississippi
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 57%
SAT Range 1070-1330
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $16,670
State Missouri
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 15%
SAT Range 1470-1570
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $27,931
State Montana
Overall_Niche_Grade B+
Acceptance Rate 82%
SAT Range 1090-1320
Academics_Grade B+
Net Price $15,801
State Nebraska
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 80%
SAT Range 1130-1360
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $17,315
State Nevada
Overall_Niche_Grade B+
Acceptance Rate 88%
SAT Range 1070-1280
Academics_Grade B+
Net Price $15,723
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 9%
SAT Range 1420-1560
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $23,394
State New Jersey
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 5%
SAT Range 1440-1570
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $16,192
State New Mexico
College New Mexico Tech
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 23%
SAT Range 1210-1400
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $14,641
State New York
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 6%
SAT Range 1450-1560
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $21,220
College Duke University
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 9%
SAT Range 1450-1570
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $19,785
State North Dakota
Overall_Niche_Grade B+
Acceptance Rate 93%
SAT Range 1080-1280
Academics_Grade B+
Net Price $15,472
State Ohio
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 29%
SAT Range 1350-1520
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $34,061
State Oklahoma
Overall_Niche_Grade A
Acceptance Rate 41%
SAT Range 1180-1410
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $25,436
State Oregon
College Reed College
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 35%
SAT Range 1310-1520
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $31,977
State Pennsylvania
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 8%
SAT Range 1420-1550
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $26,266
State Rhode Island
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 8%
SAT Range 1420-1550
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $27,238
Overall_Niche_Grade A
Acceptance Rate 47%
SAT Range 1220-1400
Academics_Grade A
Net Price $19,508
State South Dakota
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 65%
SAT Range 1060-1330
Academics_Grade A-
Net Price $23,257
State Tennessee
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 10%
SAT Range 1450-1560
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $23,596
State Texas
College Rice University
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 11%
SAT Range 1450-1560
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $23,202
State Utah
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 64%
SAT Range 1190-1420
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $13,120
State Vermont
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 17%
SAT Range 1330-1500
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $23,136
State Virginia
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 26%
SAT Range 1330-1500
Academics_Grade A+
Net Price $17,845
State Washington
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 49%
SAT Range 1220-1460
Academics_Grade A
Net Price $9,765
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 82%
SAT Range 1050-1240
Academics_Grade B+
Net Price $12,181
State Wisconsin
Overall_Niche_Grade A+
Acceptance Rate 52%
SAT Range 1280-1450
Academics_Grade A
Net Price $14,169
State Wyoming
Overall_Niche_Grade A-
Acceptance Rate 96%
SAT Range 1050-1280
Academics_Grade B+
Net Price $12,999
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the former Content Writer/Editor at Niche. She's a content strategist and award-winning writer, as well as a former editor at LA Weekly and NEXTpittsburgh. As a mom of one who's lived and worked all across the country, she's glad to have once again found her niche in her hometown of Pittsburgh.