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The Finest for Your Education: The Best College in Every US State. Part 3/5

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: Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine. Here is the next part of the Best College in every state ranking.

21. Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1876

14%

1360-1530

$28,334

$61,600


Johns Hopkins University is the America's first research institution, known for its innovative achievements in all spheres of science, from Geography to Technology. This college includes nine schools, with the most popular majors being Public Health, Neuroscience, and Molecular Biology. Its graduate programs are highly estimated all over the world, especially, the ones of Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine, and Peabody Institute for music and dance. Johns Hopkins University has four campuses, the most famous of which is the Homewood Campus. Over 1,000 of the college’s students are members of the Greek society. They have a unique opportunity to take part in a number of activities, from playing Quidditch to taking part an a capella Christian group. At Johns Hopkins, students have immediate access to downtown Baltimore restaurants, the Baltimore Inner Harbor, shopping enclaves, and so on. The most notorious alumni of this college are actor John Astin, biologist Rachel Carson, American philosopher John Dewey, and others.

22. Massachusetts

Harvard University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1636

5%

2100-2350

$48,949

$63,100


Harvard University, one of the most famous American colleges, is made up of 13 schools and institutions. The major of them are Law School, Business School, Medical School, and John Kennedy School of Government. This educational institution has the largest endowment of any school in the world. The special pride of the college is its great library system, which includes the country’s oldest book collection. Harvard University's sports teams participate in the Ivy League. Their annual football matchup competitor is the team from Yale, one of the strongest athletic student clubs in America. The Greek life at this school is very intense, too. The students can join a variety of clubs and societies, such as the Harvard Crimson (day-to-day student newspaper), Phillips Brooks House Association (voluntary organization), Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra, etc. The most well-known graduates of Harvard are well-know politicians Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Henry David Thoreau, and Helen Keller.

23. Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1817

26%

1290-1500

$15,757

$60,100


Ann Arbor’s total undergraduate enrollment is almost 29,000 students. The size of its campus amounts to more than 3,000 acres, being one of the best and largest college towns in the country. The students of Michigan University are offered more than 900 societies and 60 Greek chapters. Its athletes can join the college’s football team and a number of other sport organizations. The most top-ranked graduate programs of this educational institution are the ones provided by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, School of Dentistry, and College of Engineering. Its hospitals and health centers are righteously considered the top ones in America. As for the notorious alumni of University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, they are US President Gerald Ford, actor James Earl Jones, scientist and entrepreneur Lawrence Edward Page, Nobel laureate in medicine Stanley Cohen, and others.

24. Minnesota

Carleton College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1866

21%

1320-1520

$31,568

$49,100


Situated in the historic river town Northfield, Carleton College is well known for its academic excellence and benevolent campus community. It offers 32 majors and 16 concentrations in a variety of fields, such as Arts, Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, etc. The pupils of this college, or simply “Carls”, have an excellent opportunity to join more than 200 student organizations, including a capella vocal groups, comedy troupes, drama groups, etc. Carleton College is the sponsor for 20 varsity sports. There are 19 varsity athletic clubs in this school, and they compete in the NCAA Division III. Many Carls go in for intramural sports like Quidditch or Dodgeball. The college can boast of many unique traditions, for instance, the “Silent Dance Party”, when young men and women put on their headphones and dance in the library. The Carleton’s campus houses the world-known Goodsell Observatory with three historic telescopes and a number of modern telescopes available for every student.

25. Mississippi

Blue Mountain College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1873

48%

950- 1260

$17,760

$38,700

 

Blue Mountain College is a unique educational institution preparing young men and women to be leaders in the professions they’ve chosen. The college adheres to liberal arts traditions and pays special attention to religious education. Supported by the Mississippi Baptist Convention, Blue Mountain attracts, first of all, talented and confident students who are eager to carry their knowledge through the Christian view of nature in terms of attentive, person-centered environment. The students of this school can choose the most preferable major from a number of programs, with Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Kinesiology and Exercise Science being the most demanded of them. Blue Mountain teams are called “The Toppers”; they take part in baseball, basketball, tennis, archery, bowling, and other sporting events. The college has become a take-off ground for such outstanding Americans as artist Dusti Bonge and President of the Mississippi State College George Duke Humphrey.

26. Missouri

Washington University in St. Louis

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1853

17%

1400-1550

$28,824

$66,300


This higher educational institution is located in the city offering almost ideal opportunities for those who are engaged in professional sports like football, baseball or hockey. Its athletic team, “The Wash U Bears”, competes in the NCAA Division III. Almost 25% of the Wash U’s students are engaged in Greek life. The college is divided into four departments providing both undergraduate and graduate programs, and a number of graduate schools. The most popular of them are George W. Brown School of Social Work, Olin Business School, School of Medicine, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, etc. Wash U houses the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, which includes one of the most beautiful university art collections in the USA. Here, you can watch the masterpieces of Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. The notorious alumni of the college are former FBI Director William H. Webster and actor Peter Sarsgaardy.

27. Montana

Carroll College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1909

64%

970-1200

$23,789

$44,900


It is a private Catholic college, based on the liberal arts education model with pre-professional focus. The school provides high-quality undergraduate education to almost 1,500 students. Its special proud is in the excellent academic programs, which include Medicine, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and so on. Besides, Carroll College is focused on scientific activities, service learning, and vibrant Greek life. Its students have a great opportunity to study abroad and join a number of societies and clubs. Currently, almost 20% of them are gaining invaluable global experience in process of their undergraduate tuition. The school’s campus is located in a picturesque place in the very heart of the Rocky Mountains. Carroll helps its graduates to earn their degrees after the years of study, which reduces tuition and other costs. The alumni of this school are highly esteemed in the professional job market. They are accepted to the country’s best schools, hospitals, research institutes, and so on.

28. Nebraska

Creighton University

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1878

71%

1000-1290

$38,750

$48,000


This is a Jesuit higher educational institution situated in Omaha. It includes nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional colleges and schools. The most popular of its graduate programs belong to the School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, etc. The students of Creighton University have a unique opportunity to study abroad in the Dominican Republic for a semester. The school can boast of an active Greek life, with more than 200 student clubs within the limits of its campus. The list of the college’s societies ranges from the Swing Dance Society to the democratic community. Many of its pupils are involved with student mass media, like thematic newspapers and magazines, school’s radio station, and the traditional yearbook. There are over 10 fraternities and sororities in the University. Besides, it houses a variety of strong sports teams. The Creighton Bluejays, for example, participate in the NCAA Division I.

29. Nevada

University of Nevada - Reno

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1864

83%

970-1190

$15,491

$48,600


Situated between the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada, the University of Nevada - Reno offers a great choice of undergraduate and master's programs, such as Engineering, Biology, Business, Education, Medicine, and so on. It also pays special attention on earthquake research and houses one of the greatest earthquake-simulation laboratories in the USA. The students of this college can not only conduct their scientific work, but also join a variety of clubs and organizations. The University of Nevada – Reno has over 200 student clubs, about 20 fraternities and sororities, as well as a variety of unique traditions traditions. For instance, every autumn, the pupils paint a large “N” on Peavine Peak overlooking the campus, which symbolizes the name of the college and the state. Student sportsmen have an opportunity to play at the intramural level. The college’s sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I. They spend a lot of time at Lake Tahoe, visit museums of Reno, and take part in regular festivals.

30. New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

Year of foundation 

Rate of admission

SAT level 

Average full price 2017-18

Average early career salary 

1769

11%

1330-1560

$21,348

$61,700


This school, situated in Hanover, offers a number of student activities, including sports, music, theatre, arts, and so on. About 25% of its students are the members of Dartmouth's NCAA Division I. Its campus can boast of a variety of fraternities and sororities, undergraduate associations, and hobby clubs. Almost 60% of Dartmouth pupils take an active part in Greek life, in compliance with their preferences and interests. The College provides a number of undergraduate programs in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, as well as four graduate programs in different fields. The most top-ranked of them are the ones of the Tuck School of Business, Geisel School of Medicine, and so on. Besides, many students of Dartmouth conduct research activities. They participate in many off-campus projects in different parts of the world. The most notorious alumni of the school are American political cartoonist and poet Theodor Geisel, television producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes, and the ninth president of the Federal Reserve Bank Timothy Geithner.  

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