Best Colleges in America 2022

Rankings for the Majors and Campus Settings You Want

There’s no single college that’s right for every student. We know that. So we crunched the data to find the best schools by region, academic interests and more.

Best Selective Colleges

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA
Overall Score: 100
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Overall Score: 98.46
Princeton University
3

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Overall Score: 95.71
Stanford University
4

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Overall Score: 90.03
Yale University
5

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Overall Score: 89.71
Williams College

Best Colleges in the Northeast

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA
Overall Score: 100
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Overall Score: 98.46
Princeton University
3

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Overall Score: 90.03
Yale University
4

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Overall Score: 89.71
Williams College
5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Overall Score: 88.97
Harvard University

Best Colleges in the South

1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
Overall Score: 86.22
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA
Overall Score: 86.11
University of Virginia
3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Overall Score: 86.03
Duke University
4

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Overall Score: 85.69
Georgetown University
5

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA
Overall Score: 85.14
Virginia Military Institute

Best Public Colleges

1

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI
Overall Score: 89.41
University of Michigan
2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
Overall Score: 86.22
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA
Overall Score: 86.11
University of Virginia
4

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA
Overall Score: 86.07
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
5

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
Overall Score: 85.9
University of California, Los Angeles

Best Colleges in the Midwest

1

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI
Overall Score: 89.41
University of Michigan
2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Overall Score: 85.39
Northwestern University
3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Overall Score: 85.26
University of Notre Dame
4

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL
Overall Score: 84.78
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI
Overall Score: 81.41
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Best Colleges in the West

1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Overall Score: 95.71
Stanford University
2

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
Overall Score: 85.9
University of California, Los Angeles
3

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
Overall Score: 84.71
Pomona College
4

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA
Overall Score: 84.67
University of California, Berkeley
5

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA
Overall Score: 83.49
University of California, Irvine

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