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The Best College in Every US State. Part 1/5

When it comes to choosing a college or a university, the first question most students consider is ‘Where will I study – in my home state or somewhere else?’ There are many factors that influence the answer to this question. But the most important is the attractiveness of certain educational institution for its potential student.

We’ve selected the best colleges from different states of the USA. Our list is based on the rigorous analysis of their admissions, academic, and financial characteristics, as well as the quality of student life. We’ve looked through thousands of reviews from applicants, students, and graduates. Now, you’ll see which college is the best in every state.

1. Alabama

Auburn University

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1856

78%

1070-1280

 $23,000

over $49,000

 

Auburn University is known for its high-level engineering and veterinary programs. Besides, its students can take part in regular football tournaments and enjoy active Greek campus life. This suburban public college was founded in 1856. Today, its undergraduate enrollment is as many as 21,700 students. The college is really big: it includes 206 academic buildings and an impressive campus with the total square of more than 1,800 acres. Auburn University’s football team is called ‘Auburn Tigers’; its players compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. About 6,000 students of this college are involved in the Greek system. Every year, they take part in Camp War Eagle, Hey Day, and many other traditional events. Auburn University supports international education and can boast such notable alumni as basketball star Charles Barkley, outstanding architect Paul Rudolph, noted astronaut Jim Voss, and chief executive officer of Apple Timothy Donald Cook.   

2. Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1917

73%

960-1220

$23,534 (out-of-state), $8,144 (in-state)

$45,700

 

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant higher education institution and an influential international research center. Today, it provides a number of authentic programs that challenge and prepare students to become high-level specialists in business and medicine. Fairbanks pupils have an excellent opportunity to earn occupational endorsements in various topics, such as medical billing and bookkeeping. The University offers a number of online and eLearning courses via video and audio conferences. Its total undergraduate enrollment is 7,239 students. 53% of them confess that they have an active Geek life – they take part in skiing, track, and swimming competitions and play volleyball, basketball, and ice hockey.

3. Arizona

Arizona State University

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1917

83%

1030-1270

$13,900

$49,900

 

Arizona State University has campuses in Tempe and the Phoenix area. Its student body is approaching 40,000 people, while the staff amounts to ca. 2,500 specialists. This educational institution provides more than 300 undergraduate degree programs, 250 options for foreign education, as well as 718 pupil clubs. Many students of Arizona State University study business, liberal arts, agriculture, law, management, engineering, and the sciences. Its football team, the so-called ‘Sun Devils’, competes in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. As for the most successful alumni of this college, they are NBA player Andre Iguodala, film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, famous actress Nicole Richie, actress, writer, producer and comedian Kristen Wiig, and others.

4. Arkansas

University of Arkansas

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1871

60%

1010-1220

$15,900

$48,700

 

Being one of America’s most important land-grant and space-grant educational institutions, the University of Arkansas offers a wide array of degree choices and options. Its students can select one of 78 undergrad majors, more than 80 master's programs, and 50 doctoral and specialist programs. Many pupils devote their efforts to agriculture, economics, political science, and business. Besides, the University has a number of other highly estimated schools, including architecture and engineering ones. Its students live in the 412-acre campus, which is located in Fayetteville. It occupies a large hill overlooking the iconic Ozark Mountains. The University of Arkansas can boast of a really great enrollment of almost 25,000 students and an impressive student-to-faculty ratio, which is 19 to 1.

5. California

Stanford University

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1885

5%

1390-1580

$19,245

$77,200

 

Stanford University is a private research college located between San Francisco and San Jose. First, it was a coeducational school, in which there were no denominational affiliations. Nowadays, Stanford University is characterized by a surprisingly small student body: this year, there are only 8,897 of graduate students and 6,980 of undergraduates. Besides, this education institution boasts of an unusual faculty-to-student ratio, with only five students to each faculty member. Its campus includes more than 80 different housing facilities, with Greek life comprising about 10% of the student body. The University provides a number of high-quality educational programs, including the ones in engineering, law, medicine, and business. The Stanford Woods Institute, based in California’s greatest college, collaborates environmental research, teaching, and educational outreach activity. The University houses many well-known theatrical groups and music bands, such as the Mendicants. The list of notable Stanford graduates includes former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, well-known actress Sigourney Weaver, and golf player Tiger Woods.

6. Colorado

Colorado School of Mines

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1874

38%

1250-1420

$26,200

$65,700

 

Colorado School of Mines, or simply Mines, is a public research university located in Golden, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. This institution is focused, first of all, on engineering and applied sciences. The students of Mines confess that their mission is to enhance understanding of the earth, the energy flows, and the environment. The number of its undergraduates for the current year is about 4,500 people. The student-faculty ratio amounts to 16 to 1. The school campus houses a geology museum, with moon rocks and fossilized dinosaur carcasses, which can be watched for free. The most successful alumni of this school are principal financial officer of ExxonMobil Andrew Swiger and executive chairman of the board of Southwestern Energy Harold M. Korell.

7. Connecticut

Yale University

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1701

7%

1430-1600

$19,600

$62,600

 

The students of this elite school have a unique opportunity to learn from the most insightful modern minds, such as Robert Shiller, a Nobel Laureate, economist, and academic, or Paul Kennedy, a notable British historian. It's one of the most selective colleges in the USA, which, at the same time, meets (or, at least, promises to meet) all financial needs of its pupils. Yale University provides traditional liberal education. In order to become a pupil of this famous school, one should take courses in a number of subjects and have excellent skills in writing, reasoning, as well as foreign languages. The social life of Yale University centers around the residential college, in which students live and study. Its students join different intercollegiate organizations and take part in extracurricular activities like sports, campus newspapers, secret societies, volunteer groups, etc.

8. Delaware

University of Delaware

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1743

67%

1090-1300

$16,400

$51,900

 

The University of Delaware is one of the oldest American schools. Nowadays it is an influential research university, with over 140 undergraduate and major programs in business, education, chemical engineering, criminology, and so on. Besides, the UD is supported by the U.S. government in its scientific and educational activity related to agriculture, navigation, and space. It also has an internationally famous figure skating training center. The University participated in the creation of the modern system of collegiate foreign education: it was a UD professor who developed a year-long curriculum in France in 1923. Thus, if you want to study abroad, the University of Delaware is an ideal choice for you, as it has the most experience in running such programs.

9. District of Columbia

Georgetown University

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1789

17%

1320-1500

$28,900

$55,200

 

It is the oldest Catholic educational institution in the USA, as well as one of the most expensive and selective ones. The reason for that is connected, first of all, with its location – it is situated in Washington D.C., the capital of the USA. The college is especially attractive for the students who are interested in politics and international relations. It comprises a number of undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools focused on business, law, medicine, nursing, and health studies. Georgetown campus, a beautiful red brick building overlooking the Potomac river, has many traditional residence halls. The students of this University live and study in the rooms where the most prominent people in the USA used to be. The most notorious alumni of Georgetown University are former President Bill Clinton, former CIA director George Tenet, Czechoslovak-American politician Madeleine Albright, and political analyst Donna Brazile.  

10. Florida

University of Florida

 

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1905

48%

1170-1350

$15,800

$49,800

 
The University of Florida attracts students from all over the country for many reasons. First, almost 88% of its undergraduates are given state or other grants. There are many pupils from low-income families in this college, but they successfully graduate in six years with no debts. Second, the University of Florida lets its students get in touch with the world's greatest professors in biotechnology, gerontology, and astronomy. Third, they have an excellent opportunity to take part in an active sports and Greek life in the University’s campus. The football team of this school, ‘the Gators’, regularly wins in numerous tournaments and competition. Besides, the UF houses one of the largest collegiate art museums in the USA, as well as the natural history museum with one of the world's greatest collections of butterflies. The list of its most successful alumni includes as many as eight astronauts.

 

Stay tuned for the next part!

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