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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

  • Alabama: Auburn University
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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%

  • Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks
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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%

  • Arizona: Arizona State University
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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%

  • Arkansas: University of Arkansas
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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%

  • California: Stanford University
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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%

  • Colorado: Colorado School of Mines
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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%

  • Connecticut: Yale University
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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%

  • Delaware: University of Delaware
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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%

  • Florida: University of Florida
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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%

  • Georgia: Emory University
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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%

  • Hawaii: University of Hawaii at Manoa
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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%

  • Idaho: University of Idaho
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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%

  • Illinois: University of Chicago
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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%

  • Indiana: University of Notre Dame
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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%

  • Iowa: Grinnell College
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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%

  • Kansas: Kansas State University
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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%

  • Kentucky: Centre College
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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%

  • Louisiana: Tulane University
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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%

  • Maine: Bowdoin College
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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%

  • Maryland: Johns Hopkins University
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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%

  • Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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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%

  • Michigan: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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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%

  • Minnesota: Carleton College
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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%

  • Mississippi: Mississippi State University
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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%

  • Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis
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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%

  • Montana: Carroll College
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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%

  • Nebraska: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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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%

  • Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno
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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%

  • New Hampshire: Dartmouth College
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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%

  • New Jersey: Princeton University
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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%

  • New Mexico: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
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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%

  • New York: Columbia University
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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%

  • North Carolina: Duke University
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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%

  • North Dakota: North Dakota State University
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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%

  • Ohio: Case Western Reserve University
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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%

  • Oklahoma: University of Tulsa
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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%

  • Oregon: Reed College
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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%

  • Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania
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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%

  • Rhode Island: Brown University
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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%

  • South Carolina: Clemson University
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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%

  • South Dakota: Augustana University
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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%

  • Tennessee: Vanderbilt University
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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%

  • Texas: Rice University
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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%

  • Utah: Brigham Young University
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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%

  • Vermont: Middlebury College
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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%

  • Virginia: Washington & Lee University
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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%

  • Washington: University of Washington
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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%

  • West Virginia: West Virginia University
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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%

  • Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin
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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%

  • Wyoming: University of Wyoming
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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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