Best Colleges in America 2022

Best Colleges in the Midwest

From small liberal arts colleges to big-city research universities, the best colleges in the Midwest list offers a campus for all types. Here are the top 50 in the region.
Published on May 16, 2022. Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.
College Name
Overall Score
Acceptance rate
Est. full price 2022-23
Est. price with average grant
% of students who get any grants
Graduation rate
Early career earnings
Rank College Name Overall Score
1

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

89.41
89.41 23% $32,400 $18,800 53% 92% $75,840
2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

85.39
85.39 9% $83,600 $29,900 59% 95% $80,030
3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

85.26
85.26 16% $79,000 $31,700 61% 97% $88,960
4

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

84.78
84.78 59% $32,000 $14,300 61% 84% $71,540
5

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

81.41
81.41 54% $27,900 $14,800 42% 87% $65,210
6

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO

78.72
78.72 14% $81,800 $28,800 45% 94% $82,730
7

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

78.03
78.03 48% $66,800 $29,400 96% 86% $60,240
8

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

78.00
78.00 92% $22,600 $17,000 97% 74% $57,350
9

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

77.72
77.72 6% $83,800 $38,600 54% 94% $76,730
10

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN

77.46
77.46 78% $63,800 $29,700 99% 75% $68,720
11

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO

77.35
77.35 79% $24,600 $14,200 84% 62% $80,290
12

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

76.44
76.44 57% $29,600 $18,700 56% 80% $61,200
13

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN

76.21
76.21 80% $64,000 $29,500 99% 79% $56,370
14

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

75.82
75.82 73% $31,800 $13,300 72% 59% $59,780
15

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

75.72
75.72 60% $23,400 $13,000 50% 81% $65,260
16

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

75.64
75.64 74% $32,200 $18,300 94% 68% $73,540
17

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

75.44
75.44 69% $63,000 $28,200 97% 78% $59,180
18

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

75.15
75.15 71% $30,000 $17,600 60% 79% $61,100
19

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

75.13
75.13 70% $51,600 $27,300 96% 78% $61,890
20

Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

74.23
74.23 81% $63,800 $28,600 98% 77% $56,660
21

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

73.84
73.84 10% $32,300 $7,900 100% 66% $38,780
22

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

73.64
73.64 83% $64,400 $36,700 95% 85% $72,490
23

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

73.54
73.54 19% $79,300 $32,600 61% 93% $67,130
24

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

73.38
73.38 73% $18,400 $13,000 42% 70% $54,140
25

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

73.28
73.28 80% $57,500 $21,600 96% 70% $50,630
26

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

73.27
73.27 79% $21,900 $17,100 67% 65% $49,560
27

Indiana University-Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

73.03
73.03 78% $26,900 $13,900 71% 78% $58,810
28

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

72.88
72.88 64% $70,800 $31,900 96% 85% $62,460
29

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI

72.49
72.49 62% $58,500 $28,000 96% 73% $81,330
30

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO

72.29
72.29 64% $57,400 $22,700 67% 75% $58,920
30

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

72.29
72.29 85% $54,400 $29,000 84% 87% $53,470
32

University of St. Francis

Joliet, IL

72.03
72.03 46% $50,400 $17,700 86% 62% $59,500
33

Winona State University

Winona, MN

71.66
71.66 68% $23,300 $18,100 91% 62% $51,350
34

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, MN

71.59
71.59 76% $54,800 $24,500 86% 69% $58,750
35

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

71.46
71.46 68% $62,000 $32,000 97% 77% $63,530
36

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

71.41
71.41 63% $22,900 $13,300 83% 72% $50,720
37

Illinois State University

Normal, IL

71.32
71.32 82% $32,600 $22,100 75% 69% $55,460
38

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

71.26
71.26 61% $67,500 $34,400 100% 79% $66,970
39

Goshen College

Goshen, IN

71.15
71.15 63% $51,100 $18,700 94% 69% $46,190
40

Judson University

Elgin, IL

71.06
71.06 39% $45,600 $16,900 70% 63% $49,210
41

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Menomonie, WI

71.05
71.05 91% $21,200 $15,800 45% 57% $52,280
42

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN

71.04
71.04 64% $61,300 $25,800 100% 71% $63,430
43

Beloit College

Beloit, WI

70.99
70.99 62% $67,300 $25,800 92% 79% $50,500
44

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN

70.96
70.96 84% $28,800 $22,600 83% 72% $40,820
45

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

70.72
70.72 60% $73,200 $29,700 95% 72% $77,680
46

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

70.52
70.52 83% $26,100 $18,400 68% 72% $58,270
47

Central College

Pella, IA

70.45
70.45 65% $34,300 $22,900 96% 72% $49,740
48

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI

70.39
70.39 82% $21,700 $15,100 49% 67% $51,870
49

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

70.18
70.18 68% $57,600 $25,400 96% 74% $51,990
50

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

70.15
70.15 76% $68,100 $29,100 99% 78% $55,290