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The Best College in Every US State. From New Jersey to Rhode Island. Part 4/5

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 best colleges in 10 states: from Maryland to New Hampshire. Now it's time for New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Here is the next, second to last, part of the Best College in every state ranking.

31. New Jersey

Princeton University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1746

7%

1390-1590

$17,901

$67,600


It’s one of the oldest colleges in the USA, offering its students 53 interdisciplinary programs so that they could create individual combinations of academic interests. Princeton University can boast of great libraries and laboratories. It also has an art museum, which is highly estimated by 8,181 of its students. The unofficial motto of this college sounds as “Princeton in the Nation's Service and in the Service of Humanity”. It reflects the key purpose of its pupils – to become the high-quality specialists and serve the needs of society. Young men and women who study in this university often learn from renowned Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. They also devote much time to sports and extracurricular activities. Princeton Tigers, known for their extremely strong lacrosse teams, are the members of Ivy League. As for the notorious alumni of this school, they are American President Woodrow Wilson, actress Brooke Shields, and former first lady Michelle Obama.

32. New Mexico

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1889

23%

1010-1280

$20,991

$60,200


New Mexico Tech is an outstanding research school, which specializes in sciences, engineering, and related areas. It’s highly regarded among young Americans for its academic reputation, private-based learning schemes, and a variety of opportunities for hands-on laboratory learning. Being a recognized world leader in hydrology, astrophysics, geophysics, and geological sciences, this school allows its students to get an excellent and promising education on one of the most demanded fields. The most popular majors here include petroleum engineering, biological sciences, and computer and information sciences. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is also known for its prosperous Greek life with over 50% of students being actively engaged with numerous clubs and societies.

33. New York

Columbia University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1754

7%

 1380-1570

$17,678

$62,200


This college comprises 3 undergraduate departments: the School of General Studies, Columbia College, and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It also includes a number of graduate and professional schools, such as Teachers College, College of Physicians and Surgeons, etc. Its Graduate School of Journalism has national and global importance; the same can be said about the university’s College of Dental Medicine. The students of Columbia can join 25 Greek societies and clubs. Over 90% of its pupils live on campus, the total size of which is 36 acres. It’s also important to note that Columbia University is linked to a number of other higher educational institutions, such as the Barnard College for women and the Jewish Theological Seminary. It is the school that administers the Pulitzer Prizes. The list of its distinguished graduates includes first Supreme Court Justice John Jay and former US President Barack Obama.

34. North Carolina

Duke University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

 1838

 11%

1360-1550

$21,295

$62,700


Duke University includes 10 departments, both undergraduate and graduate. The most popular of its graduate programs are the ones offered by Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Nicholas School of the Environment. Many of Duke’s students are attracted by the Robertson Scholars Program, a well-known undergraduate scholarship providing the most talented young men and women with certain monetary reward. Besides, they get a unique opportunity to study at UNC-Chapel Hill for one semester or so. The campus of this college is surrounded by a cozy city of Durham, with its numerous shops, cafes, and pubs. The Duke Blue Devils are well known for their perfect men's basketball program. It’s one of the best America’s college basketball programs. Almost 30% of Duke’s students are affiliated with Greek life encompassing over 30 societies. NBA player Carlos Boozer and former US Congressman Ron Paul are the most distinguished alumni of this university.

35. North Dakota

North Dakota State University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1890

83%

980-1260

$14,654

$51,200


North Dakota State University can boast of a very high percentage of out-of-state pupils. More than half of those who graduate from this college are not North Dakota residents. Being a land grant university, NDSU offers very strong programs in agronomy and animal sciences. At the same time, its students have an excellent opportunity to study arts, business, and hard sciences. The school has a variety of extracurricular clubs and activities. Dakota’s pupils play football on a great 19,000-person stadium Fargodome. The Bison, its sports team, won the FCS National Championship for the fourth time in a row. Most of NDSU students are involved in an active Greek life. There are nearly 300 campus clubs in Dakota, with over 10 fraternities and sororities. The city of Fargo, the place where the college is situated, meets young men and women with a wide choice of shopping and entertainment opportunities.

36. Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1826

36%

1300-1490

$31,356

$61,300


It is a world-class research college offering its pupils a wide range of best-rated graduate programs in law, business, sciences, and other fields. The school’s program in biomedical engineering provided by the School of Engineering is highly estimated by students from all over the country. Case Western Reserve University has a suburban campus and a farm, the size of which is as much as 389 acres. There, young specialists study and practise biology, ecology, and arts. The college is focused on sports and Greek life, too. There are over 150 organizations in Case Western, and its students indulge in music, theatre, social activities, etc. The Case Western Spartans, its sports teams, are the members of the Division III University Athletic Association. The list of the most successful alumni of this university includes American politician Dennis Kucinich and internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark.

37. Oklahoma

University of Tulsa

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1894

40%

1130-1400

$25,355

$52,800


The graduates of Tulsa get two transcripts: a co-curricular one and an academic one. The former shows the achievements a student has managed to accomplish in various associations and clubs while in college. They can also succeed in creative activity and sports. The school’s sports teams that call themselves ‘Golden Hurricanes’ compete in the Division I American Athletic Conference. There is even a personal mascot in the University of Tulsa – a superhero Captain Cane. In order to entertain themselves, the students of Tulsa join the so-called ‘Hurricane Thursdays’, the traditional celebrations that vary from carnivals to theatrical performances. The university is also known for its outstanding programs in petroleum engineering. Young specialists study this subject at a $16 million facility equipped with a breakthrough drilling simulator. Each of them, irrespective of his age and educational stream, can get involved in promising research projects within the sphere he’s interested in.

38. Oregon

George Fox University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1891

79%

980-1230

$29,000

$46,800


It’s a Christian institution that can boast of a noticeable growth spurt within the past 20 years. Its student body has increased 6 times, with total enrollment being almost 4,000 pupils. Recently, the college opened the doors to a new student dormitory, and now it’s planning to please its pupils with an activity center. The motto of George Fox University is “Be Known”, and it reflects the way people communicate and interact here. Students, for instance, address to professors by their first names, and the latter do their best to get to know every pupil as well. The university provides 40 undergraduate majors in a variety of subjects, including arts, fashion design, computer science, and so on. Christianity is an essential part of George Fox, with students meeting for worship twice a week. No wonder that all employees here are Christian. The college’s most notorious graduate is Herbert Hoover, an American engineer, businessman, and former US President.

39. Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1740

 10%

1380-1550

$23,924

$61,900


The University of Pennsylvania is one of the most selective schools entering the Ivy League. It’s extremely difficult to enter the college, but once in students thrive, as almost 95% of freshmen easily graduate with an excellent opportunity to succeed in life. The most demanded departments of Penn are the ones in business, medicine, design, and economics. There are 12 schools within the limits of the university, with the most highly ranked being Wharton School, School of Education, Law School, and others. This educational institution can also boast of strong religious life: its students have a great opportunity to join Hillel, Newman Catholic Center, and Christian Fellowship. More than 2000 of young men and women take part in annual international programs and study abroad in one of 70 foreign countries collaborating with the school. To entertain its students, Penn conducts Spring Fling – the greatest college party on the East Coast. It takes place on the last week of studies and is often accompanied by the concerts of famous bands. Its past headliners, for instance, were Ludacris and Gym Class Heroes.

40. Rhode Island

Brown University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1764

9%

1370-1560

$22,957

$57,500


It is an Ivy League college that offers its students unusually high proportions of academic freedom. Brown’s students have only one course requirement – to take at least 1 literary class by the end of the sophomore. As for the rest, they can select whatever courses they prefer. There are optional grades at Brown University, and students have an opportunity to design their majors by their own. In fact, the list of the school’s alumni includes many award-winning writers, journalists, and play-writers. The university is also known for its outstanding science programs, including the ones in medicine and math. Along with prosperous educational work, it is focused on Greek life, too. Every year Brown’s students enjoy the Spring Weekend with lots of concerts and festivals, as well as the elegant Campus Dance that takes place in the school’s main building.

 

Stay tuned for the last 5th part of the ranking and check out previous parts in the meantime: Alabama – Florida, Georgia – MaineMaryland – New Hampshire.

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