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The Best College in Every US State. Part 2/5

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.

In the previous article we've revealed the first 10 best colleges out of 50. Here are the next part of the Best College in every state ranking. 

11. Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1885

32%

1380-1530

$13,800

$65,600

 

It is one of the cheapest technology-focused higher schools for in-state pupils. According to the statistics, 85% of its students graduate successfully and have no troubles in the job market. Georgia Tech offers young people a variety of excellent opportunities for faculty research. It includes six colleges, the most ranked of them being the Colleges of Engineering and Business. The school’s social life is very active, too. Every year, the students of Georgia Tech rent a Six Flags park for a private holiday with the involvement of the faculty, staff, and alumni. The school can boast of several football teams participating in 15 NCAA Division I. The most popular traditions of this educational institution are associated with the water gun fights and foot races with cakes and cupcakes as the awards. As for the famous alumni of Georgia Institute of Technology, they are a former president of Walmart Mike Duke, a founder of The Masters golf tournament Bobby Jones, and a baseball star Nomar Garciaparra.

12. Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1907

81%

1380-1530

$13,700

$45,300


This school is situated on the island of Oahu, in Honolulu. Its aim is to preserve and renew the cultural values of Hawaii, with the core focus on diversity, global awareness, and sustainability. The University of Hawaii at Manoa lets students from all part of the country study Asian and Pacific cultures, tropical agriculture, ocean science, gravitational astronomy, volcanology, and so on. Taking advantage of the unique location of the school, they take part in numerous kayaking trips, sailing classes, snorkeling, hiking, etc. All these activities are organized by the representatives of the University’s recreation center. Besides, its students have an excellent opportunity to become the members of successful athletic teams included into the NCAA Division I. The college of Manoa can boast of a number of reputable graduate programs, which were successfully implemented at the College of Education, the Shidler College of Business, and some other American higher educational institutions.

13. Idaho

University of Idaho

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1889

72%

940-1170

$13,709

$47,600


It may sound funny, but the students of this school study potatoes, and this is quite a challenging branch of science. The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is one of the most promising departments of this University; it has launched its unique Programs of Distinction initiative, with the first effort focused on potato study. Besides, this higher educational institution offers its students a wide choice of other disciplines, such as Art, Architecture, Education, Business, and Engineering. The University of Idaho hosts the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which brings together jazz professionals and students from all the states of America. This school is famous for its research activity, as its pupils have a perfect opportunity to do academic work in various fields such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics, etc. The campus of Idaho University is the center of active Greek life, with regular competitions in whitewater rafting, biking, climbing, and so on.

14. Illinois

University of Chicago

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1890

66%

1440-1600

$33,107

$54,400


It’s a private educational institution with an overall undergraduate enrollment exceeding 5,900 people. The size of its campus is about 217 acres. Located in Hyde Park, the University of Chicago can boast of a rich Creek life, with over 400 organizations for students of all ages and different interests. It offers a wide range of postgraduate programs, such as history or environmental studies. The students of this college often visit Greece, China, France, and other countries during their study abroad trips. As much as 89 university pupils became Nobel Prize winners, which is quite an impressive result. The Chicago Maroons, its world-known sports club, has over 15 teams taking part in NCAA Division III games. It’s also worth mentioning that the University’s sportsmen can boast of very strong programs in basketball and wrestling. As for the campus life here, it’s active and vibrant, too, with regular social events, numerous tight-knit communities, and serious academic support.

15. Indiana

University of Notre Dame

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1842

20%

1350-1530

$26,698

$59,900


The University of Notre Dame offers its students an excellent educational experience, which ranks second to none and is distinctly Catholic, at the same time. The key idea of this school is to provide young men women with high-quality skills and knowledge, and turn their learning to the devotion to other people. Its overall undergraduate enrollment is 8,530 people, while the campus size is over 1,260 acres. The University of Notre Dame is situated in South Bend, in 100 miles from Chicago. The center of Greek life here is the single-sex campus, where live both freshmen and ‘experienced’ students. It has an on-campus pub, where young men watch sporting events. The “Fighting Irish”, the school’s athletic club, includes 25 teams that take part in NCAA Division I and are known for their strong football programs. As for the scientific and academic life of the college, it’s quite promising, too. Notre Dame has eight schools and colleges, the greatest of them being the College of Arts and Letters. More than 50% of its pupils study abroad during one semester or more.

16. Iowa

Grinnell College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1846

25%

1300-1510

$28,869

$45,600


Grinnell College is a well-known educational institution, which unites a vivid academic community of students from different cultural circumstances and teachers with high scholarly qualifications. Its core aim is to graduate promising specialists in different fields, who can think clearly, speak persuasively, evaluate new ideas critically, and serve the common good. Situated between Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, this college offers a wide range of opportunities for sportsmen, musicians, artists, and other talented young people. Its students can join the G-Tones a cappella group, the environmental club Free the Plant, and so on. Grinnell’s Greek life includes an array of cultural events that take place every week on the campus. The Pioneers, its sports team, are the participants of the NCAA Division III. Grinnell College regularly sends its volunteers to the Peace Corps, which makes it one of the most socially conscious and responsible institutions of the USA. About 60% of its students study abroad, with Social Sciences, Biology, Literature, and Foreign Languages being the most popular majors.

17. Kansas

Kansas State University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1863

95%

$17,022

$48,600


Kansas State University or, as it is often called, K-State was the country’s first land-grant school. Situated in Manhattan, it has gained national recognition for helping the pupils with financial straits and domestic difficulties. The university is also known for its prominent scientific and academic activity. For instance, its Biosecurity Research Institute offers young men and women a perfect opportunity to research the field of infectious diseases. K-State provides flexible study options for soldiers and the members of their families. All in all, the school offers over 250 undergraduate majors and 60 programs for Masters. The athletes of Kansas State University participate in the NCAA Division I. Besides, they have an excellent opportunity to visit the insect museum, the dairy bar, and numerous gardens that are situated in the college’s campus. Besides, K-State students can attend golf courses, as well as over 450 fraternities and sororities.

18. Kentucky

Centre College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1819

71%

1110-1400

$25,326

$39,700


The students of Centre College are well aware of the following things: if they want, they can study abroad, go into the internship, and graduate in 4 years. The school buys passports for the pupils who don’t have one and help them in cases of financial difficulties. It guarantees that every person who follows certain academic and social guidelines has all the necessary opportunities for overall development and growth. The students of Centre College can join more than 100 organizations on campus. Around 40% of them participate in the school's Greek system. As for the academic life of this institution, it’s no less rich and promising. Its students are encouraged to conduct experimental learning projects, both as the internship or the research under the leadership of a faculty member. The most successful of their experiments and projects are demonstrated at the annual Centre RICE Symposium. The list of the school’s notable alumni includes a founder of the House of Blues chains Isaac Tigrett, a Broadway actor John Ellison Conlee, and a former US chief of Justice Fred Vinson.

19. Louisiana

Tulane University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1834

31%

1240-1410

$32,075

$46,200


Tulane University is one of the country’s most respected higher educational institutions. It can boast of top-ranked educational programs in different spheres of science and global scale research partnerships. Located in historic New Orleans, this college provides unparalleled educational opportunities, which is an exceptional contribution to American education. Tulane includes 10 schools and colleges, which offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Public Health, and so on. The college’s total undergraduate enrollment is almost 6,400 students. It has two campuses: the main uptown and an additional downtown one, the latter being the center for healthcare programs. Tulane students can join more than 200 different organizations and clubs. Female pupils receive extra studentship, and if necessary – professional mentors from the Newcomb College Institute. As for eminent graduates of Tulane University, they are American screenwriter and director Douglas Reed Ellin and famous politician and author Newton Leroy Gingrich.

20. Maine

Bowdoin College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1794

15%

1360-1510

$23,156

$51,700


Situated in the town of Brunswick, New England, this college is a reputable leader in the sphere of environmental research. Besides, it’s the only highly selective humanities school in America with direct access to the North Atlantic Ocean and a number of rivers, estuaries, and forests. This is why Bowdoin College regards the environment as the center of modern life, both intellectual and social. It is well-known for its commitment to place-based scientific studies and high-quality programs in Science, History, Human Behavior, Economics, Law, and so on. Bowdoin Polar Bears, the school’s athletic teams, compete in the NCAA Division III. The college has about 100 student organizations and clubs, largest of them being the Outing Club offering 100 excursions every year. Bowdoin College is home to Peucinian Society, one of the most important literary and intellectual societies in the USA. You are sure to know the eminent alumni of this school – poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, politician, lawyer, and judge Melville Weston Fuller, ex-President of the U.S. Franklin Pierce, and biologist, professor of entomology and sexologist Alfred Kinsey.

 

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