The college search process can be overwhelming. But here’s one way to approach it: by looking for the best schools in your state. Some families love to maintain proximity. There’s also a potential financial benefit, as residents can take advantage of in-state tuition, at least at most public universities.
To figure out the best-ranked colleges in each state, we sifted through Niche’s 2020 Best Colleges in America, then checked state-by-state to find the top university in each, plus the runners-up.
A note about methodology: Niche uses several factors to make its annual list. For instance, it considers admissions data, costs and student life information from the U.S. Department of Education in addition to student and alumni reviews. This year it ranked 2,827 schools.