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  1. #1 Top Private Universities in America.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    4 Year,

    CAMBRIDGE, MA,

    639 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Currently reaching near the middle of my time here, and this school truly works you to the bone. The baseline of this place is that everyone is very smart. Some are decently smart and work hard...The students are very diverse. Some come in "normal", others finally get to truly express the weird and unique that they've been suppressing their whole lives. The campus is extremely welcoming and...The academics are exceedingly difficult by content and pace. The problem set difficulty are elevated beyond a typical school's, and they force you to collaborate with others. Everyone must...I was finally able to satisfy my love for learning here. Truly an amazing and unique school!.

    Read 639 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $19,998,

    SAT Range: 1510-1580,

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  3. #4 Top Private Universities in America.

    Yale University

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    4 Year,

    NEW HAVEN, CT,

    1004 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Yale is an amazing school! The professors and students are all encouraging and friendly. Everyone there deserves to be there, which makes the learning environment extremely rewarding and stimulating.....

    Read 1004 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $17,511,

    SAT Range: 1460-1580,

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  5. #7 Top Private Universities in America.

    Rice University

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    4 Year,

    HOUSTON, TX,

    1079 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says At first, I was a bit disappointed that I ended up at Rice University. I was aiming for the Ivy Leagues and ended up at a college that I hadn't even heard of before the university application....

    Read 1079 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $19,215,

    SAT Range: 1460-1570,

  6. #8 Top Private Universities in America.

    Brown University

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    4 Year,

    PROVIDENCE, RI,

    1031 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I love Brown. I transferred here, and quickly met some of the most amazing, passionate, and genuine people I could imagine. The student body is so friendly and hard-working. Still, the best part of....

    Read 1031 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $27,659,

    SAT Range: 1440-1560,

  7. #10 Top Private Universities in America.

    Dartmouth College

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    4 Year,

    HANOVER, NH,

    708 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says It is hard to imagine a better college than Dartmouth. The mix of academics, clubs and outdoor activities, and social scene is (in my opinion) unparalleled. Everyone is academically driven, and I...One additional note: sophomore summer is the best term of all time! Look it up..

    Read 708 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 9%,

    Net Price: $24,525,

    SAT Range: 1440-1560,

  8. #11 Top Private Universities in America.

    Columbia University

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    4 Year,

    NEW YORK, NY,

    1275 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Attending Columbia University was a fantastic experience for me. My professors were all very interesting. Some were a bit quirky, but that was ok. They always challenged me to be open to....

    Read 1275 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $22,126,

    SAT Range: 1460-1570,

  9. #12 Top Private Universities in America.

    Washington University in St. Louis

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    4 Year,

    SAINT LOUIS, MO,

    1494 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says As a parent of a sophmore in Visual Arts and Writing programs, I feel so grateful she got in. First of all she got a full ride, they removed a massive strain off of our family and did it completely....

    Read 1494 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 16%,

    Net Price: $27,233,

    SAT Range: 1480-1560,

  10. #13 Top Private Universities in America.

    Vanderbilt University

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    4 Year,

    NASHVILLE, TN,

    1296 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience. I primarily chose to attend Vandy for its academic prowess, and it definitely lived up to that....

    Read 1296 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 12%,

    Net Price: $25,804,

    SAT Range: 1470-1570,

  11. #15 Top Private Universities in America.

    University of Chicago

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    4 Year,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    1202 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My favorite part of UChicago is definitely its academics -- students are constantly encouraged to debate, rethink, and most importantly, listen. I was able to take a graduate student course as a....

    Read 1202 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 6%,

    Net Price: $36,584,

    SAT Range: 1500-1570,

  12. #16 Top Private Universities in America.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    3827 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says For context- current sophomore who started at USC online, majoring in Communications but has taken classes from across disciplines-Academics: overall good but definitely some terrible professors who either have favoritism, are unclear with expectations, or bad w grading. But the majority of professors are really good-Environment: if you're intimidated by rich, judgmental people, this is not the place for you. A lot of the culture is exclusionary towards ppl who work or who don't partake in certain activities...-facilities: very very nice- great gyms, dining halls, dormsOverall: a great school with a lot of resources, so be sure to look into your major specific resources bc they offer so much! Just be warned that it's not the easiest place to go to if you don't fit....

    Read 3827 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $39,759,

    SAT Range: 1340-1530,

  13. #18 Top Private Universities in America.

    Pomona College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    411 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Aside from all of the aspects Pomona promotes as the reasons in favor of attending, I have to say that the relationships I forged with faculty, staff, and my fellow majors (Public Policy Analysis)....

    Read 411 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 9%,

    Net Price: $30,392,

    SAT Range: 1390-1540,

  14. #23 Top Private Universities in America.

    Georgetown University

    4 Year,

    WASHINGTON, DC,

    1213 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I am reminded everyday how incredibly lucky I am to be a student at Georgetown University. I truly believe that there is a place for everyone here. Interested in Political Science? Pre-Med? Theology?...Tucked away in a beautiful residential neighborhood, yet walking distance from the heart of Washington DC, Georgetown's location is unmatched. Georgetown has a STELLAR reputation among employers in....

    Read 1213 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $30,710,

    SAT Range: 1380-1550,

  15. #24 Top Private Universities in America.

    Tufts University

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    4 Year,

    MEDFORD, MA,

    1022 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I have liked my time at Tufts so far. I am a student-athlete on the pre-med track, and have found that it has been somewhat manageable to maintain a competitive GPA and enjoy college life and....

    Read 1022 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 15%,

    Net Price: $32,720,

    SAT Range: 1380-1530,

  16. #25 Top Private Universities in America.

    Bowdoin College

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    4 Year,

    BRUNSWICK, ME,

    709 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Bowdoin has the most friendly, welcoming people I have ever met. Bowdoin is very LGBTQ-friendly. It is quite heterogeneous, and everyone seems to feel comfortable being themselves. The professors are...The party scene for freshmen is mainly basement parties at the College Houses (Bowdoin's alternative to Greek life). These parties don't serve alcohol, so you must pregame (if you want) elsewhere....One qualm about Bowdoin: it is pretty intolerant to non-liberal/Democrat opinions. Conservatives, Republicans, and moderates are pretty closeted and silenced..

    Read 709 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 9%,

    Net Price: $25,622,

    SAT Range: 1360-1510,

Quick References

RankSchool NameLocation
1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MA
2Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA
3Stanford UniversityStanford, CA
4Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT
5Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ
6Duke UniversityDurham, NC
7Rice UniversityHouston, TX
8Brown UniversityProvidence, RI
9University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
10Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH
11Columbia UniversityNew York, NY
12Washington University in St. LouisSaint Louis, MO
13Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN
14Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL
15University of ChicagoChicago, IL
16University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA
17Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY
18Pomona CollegeClaremont, CA
19University of Notre DameNotre Dame, IN
20California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA
21Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA
22Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD
23Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC
24Tufts UniversityMedford, MA
25Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, ME