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Best college in every state

When one thinks of elite universities in the United States, the iconic campuses of New York City, venerable Ivy League institutions, and liberal academic oases of California often spring to mind. And while 24 of the 50 most selective colleges can be found in just four states—California, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, prospective students will find there are a wide range of options across America that offer rewarding learning environments.

To help shine a light on exceptional institutions across the nation, Stacker referenced Niche's Best Colleges Ranking, picking out the top-rated university in each state. Niche arrived at their ranking system through a weighted index derived from academic caliber, difficulty of admission, average cost, quality of life, and several other factors, broken down in more detail here. For each state, Stacker has provided the acceptance rate, net price, SAT range, total enrollment, and graduation rate to help understand what makes these learning environments stand out.

Read on to see if your alma mater beat out the competition in its state.

ALSO: Best value colleges in ever state

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Alabama: Auburn University

Location: Auburn, AL

Acceptance rate: 81%

Net price: $21,698

SAT range: 1060–1260

Number of students: 20,396

Graduation rate: 75%

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Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Location: Fairbanks, AK

Acceptance rate: 73%

Net price: $9,097

SAT range: 950–1200

Number of students: 3,189

Graduation rate: 25%

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Arizona: Arizona State University

Location: Tempe, AZ

Acceptance rate: 83%

Net price: $13,007

SAT range: 1020–1280

Number of students: 38,946

Graduation rate: 67%

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Arkansas: University of Arkansas

Location: Fayetteville, AR

Acceptance rate: 63%

Net price: $15,411

SAT range: 1010–1220

Number of students: 19,853

Graduation rate: 64%

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California: Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Acceptance rate: 5%

Net price: $16,695

SAT range: 1380–1580

Number of students: 7,034

Graduation rate: 94%

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Colorado: Colorado School of Mines

Location: Golden, CO

Acceptance rate: 40%

Net price: $25,097

SAT range: 1250–1420

Number of students: 4,395

Graduation rate: 77%

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Connecticut: Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Acceptance rate: 6%

Net price: $18,319

SAT range: 1420–1600

Number of students: 5,469

Graduation rate: 98%

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Delaware: University of Delaware

Location: Newark, DE

Acceptance rate: 70%

Net price: $15,894

SAT range: 1060–1280

Number of students: 17,761

Graduation rate: 81%

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Florida: University of Florida

Location: Gainesville, FL

Acceptance rate: 46%

Net price: $14,761

SAT range: 1180–1370

Number of students: 31,014

Graduation rate: 87%

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Georgia: Emory University

Location: Atlanta, GA

Acceptance rate: 25%

Net price: $24,804

SAT range: 1290–1500

Number of students: 6,714

Graduation rate: 91%

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Hawaii: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Location: Honolulu, HI

Acceptance rate: 85%

Net price: $13,520

SAT range: 970–1190

Number of students: 10,871

Graduation rate: 58%

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Idaho: University of Idaho

Location: Moscow, ID

Acceptance rate: 76%

Net price: $14,787

SAT range: 930–1170

Number of students: 7,269

Graduation rate: 56%

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Illinois: University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Acceptance rate: 8%

Net price: $31,068

SAT range: 1450–1600

Number of students: 5,978

Graduation rate: 94%

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Indiana: University of Notre Dame

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Acceptance rate: 19%

Net price: $26,683

SAT range: 1350–1540

Number of students: 8,514

Graduation rate: 95%

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Iowa: Grinnell College

Location: Grinnell, IA

Acceptance rate: 20%

Net price: $30,010

SAT range: 1320–1530

Number of students: 1,658

Graduation rate: 86%

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Kansas: Kansas State University

Location: Manhattan, KS

Acceptance rate: 94%

Net price: $16,431

SAT range: —

Number of students: 17,699

Graduation rate: 63%

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Kentucky: Centre College

Location: Danville, KY

Acceptance rate: 74%

Net price: $25,519

SAT range: 1080–1340

Number of students: 1,428

Graduation rate: 86%

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Louisiana: Tulane University

Location: New Orleans, LA

Acceptance rate: 26%

Net price: $32,515

SAT range: 1240–1410

Number of students: 6,487

Graduation rate: 83%

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Maine: Bowdoin College

Location: Brunswick, ME

Acceptance rate: 15%

Net price: $24,888

SAT range: 1360–1510

Number of students: 1,801

Graduation rate: 94%

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Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

Location: Baltimore, MD

Acceptance rate: 13%

Net price: $27,352

SAT range: 1400–1570

Number of students: 5,621

Graduation rate: 92%

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Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, MA

Acceptance rate: 8%

Net price: $21,576

SAT range: 1460–1590

Number of students: 4,476

Graduation rate: 93%

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Michigan: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Acceptance rate: 29%

Net price: $16,107

SAT range: 1310–1500

Number of students: 27,969

Graduation rate: 91%

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Minnesota: Carleton College

Location: Northfield, MN

Acceptance rate: 23%

Net price: $28,587

SAT range: 1320–1540

Number of students: 2,087

Graduation rate: 92%

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Mississippi: Mississippi State University

Location: Mississippi State, MS

Acceptance rate: 56%

Net price: $15,628

SAT range: 960–1260

Number of students: 16,695

Graduation rate: 60%

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Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

Location: Saint Louis, MO

Acceptance rate: 17%

Net price: $28,824

SAT range: 1400–1570

Number of students: 6,915

Graduation rate: 94%

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Montana: Carroll College

Location: Helena, MT

Acceptance rate: 71%

Net price: $25,449

SAT range: 990–1220

Number of students: 1,324

Graduation rate: 66%

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Nebraska: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Location: Lincoln, NE

Acceptance rate: 75%

Net price: $16,462

SAT range: 990–1280

Number of students: 19,381

Graduation rate: 67%

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Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno

Location: Reno, NV

Acceptance rate: 83%

Net price: $15,022

SAT range: 970–1200

Number of students: 15,408

Graduation rate: 54%

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New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

Location: Hanover, NH

Acceptance rate: 11%

Net price: $21,177

SAT range: 1350–1560

Number of students: 4,270

Graduation rate: 97%

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New Jersey: Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ

Acceptance rate: 7%

Net price: $17,732

SAT range: 1400–1590

Number of students: 5,251

Graduation rate: 97%

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New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Location: Socorro, NM

Acceptance rate: 23%

Net price: $13,331

SAT range: 1110–1350

Number of students: 1,388

Graduation rate: 49%

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New York: Columbia University

Location: New York, NY

Acceptance rate: 7%

Net price: $22,973

SAT range: 1410–1590

Number of students: 7,552

Graduation rate: 94%

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North Carolina: Duke University

Location: Durham, NC

Acceptance rate: 11%

Net price: $19,950

SAT range: 1380–1570

Number of students: 6,577

Graduation rate: 95%

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North Dakota: North Dakota State University

Location: Fargo, ND

Acceptance rate: 93%

Net price: $14,581

SAT range: 1000–1290

Number of students: 10,680

Graduation rate: 56%

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Ohio: Case Western Reserve University

Location: Cleveland, OH

Acceptance rate: 35%

Net price: $33,124

SAT range: 1280–1490

Number of students: 4,990

Graduation rate: 82%

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Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

Location: Tulsa, OK

Acceptance rate: 40%

Net price: $27,264

SAT range: 1100–1390

Number of students: 3,478

Graduation rate: 73%

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Oregon: Reed College

Location: Portland, OR

Acceptance rate: 31%

Net price: $27,805

SAT range: 1280–1480

Number of students: 1,379

Graduation rate: 78%

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Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Acceptance rate: 9%

Net price: $22,944

SAT range: 1380–1570

Number of students: 10,468

Graduation rate: 95%

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Rhode Island: Brown University

Location: Providence, RI

Acceptance rate: 9%

Net price: $25,264

SAT range: 1370–1570

Number of students: 6,565

Graduation rate: 96%

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South Carolina: Clemson University

Location: Clemson, SC

Acceptance rate: 51%

Net price: $17,797

SAT range: 1150–1340

Number of students: 17,883

Graduation rate: 81%

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South Dakota: Augustana University

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Acceptance rate: 69%

Net price: $19,974

SAT range: 930–1230

Number of students: 1,574

Graduation rate: 71%

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Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, TN

Acceptance rate: 11%

Net price: $23,150

SAT range: 1420–1590

Number of students: 6,817

Graduation rate: 92%

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Texas: Rice University

Location: Houston, TX

Acceptance rate: 15%

Net price: $22,061

SAT range: 1410–1570

Number of students: 3,836

Graduation rate: 93%

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Utah: Brigham Young University

Location: Provo, UT

Acceptance rate: 51%

Net price: $12,864

SAT range: 1160–1380

Number of students: 28,012

Graduation rate: 83%

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Vermont: Middlebury College

Location: Middlebury, VT

Acceptance rate: 16%

Net price: $21,437

SAT range: 1280–1495

Number of students: 2,506

Graduation rate: 93%

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Virginia: Washington & Lee University

Location: Lexington, VA

Acceptance rate: 24%

Net price: $23,867

SAT range: 1320–1460

Number of students: 1,824

Graduation rate: 92%

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Washington: University of Washington

Location: Seattle, WA

Acceptance rate: 45%

Net price: $10,068

SAT range: 1120–1370

Number of students: 28,380

Graduation rate: 84%

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West Virginia: West Virginia University

Location: Morgantown, WV

Acceptance rate: 76%

Net price: $10,814

SAT range: 915–1130

Number of students: 20,524

Graduation rate: 57%

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Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin

Location: Madison, WI

Acceptance rate: 53%

Net price: $15,874

SAT range: 1200–1420

Number of students: 28,577

Graduation rate: 85%

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Wyoming: University of Wyoming

Location: Laramie, WY

Acceptance rate: 95%

Net price: $13,155

SAT range: 960–1210

Number of students: 8,102

Graduation rate: 55%

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