The college search process can be overwhelming. But here’s one way to approach it: Look 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 2021 Best Colleges in America, then checked state-by-state to find the top university in each, plus the runners-up.
These are the best colleges in every state.