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Best college in every state

Deciding where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions a teenager has to make in their lives, ultimately having an impact on everything from future earnings and potential student loan debt to which opportunities they’ll be afforded to network with alumni. And while every student wants to get the best education they possibly can, there are also other considerations to take into account: location, size, diversity, their field of study, whether they’d like to study abroad ... the list goes on. While most best college lists tend to be topped with the same handful of expensive Ivy League schools, the U.S. is home to over 4,000 degree-granting schools with amazing education offerings for every college-bound high school senior.

To demonstrate the excellence that extends beyond the Ivy League, Stacker dug into Niche’s 2019 Best Colleges in America rankings, which employ data from the Department of Education, including everything from academics and admissions to financial aid and student life, and gives each of these factors a letter grade. Combining this data with millions of reviews from students and alumni, Niche then assigns each school a rank. Stacker used these rankings to find the best college in every state, sorted alphabetically.

Check out this list to discover which college is the best in your state and which state has a mining school sitting at #1.

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Alabama: Auburn University

Number of undergraduates: 20,396

Acceptance rate: 81% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $21,698 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $47,100 (Value grade: A)

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Alaska: University of Alaska Southeast

Number of undergraduates: 659

Acceptance rate: 49% (Academics grade: B+)

Net price: $8,719 (Campus grade: C+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $36,800 (Value grade: B-)

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Arizona: Arizona State University

Number of undergraduates: 38,946

Acceptance rate: 83% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $13,007 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $45,400 (Value grade: A-)

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Arkansas: University of Arkansas

Number of undergraduates: 19,853

Acceptance rate: 63% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $15,411 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $43,100 (Value grade: A-)

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California: Stanford University

Number of undergraduates: 7,034

Acceptance rate: 5% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $16,695 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $85,700 (Value grade: A+)

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Colorado: Colorado School of Mines

Number of undergraduates: 4,395

Acceptance rate: 40% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $25,097 (Campus grade: B-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,100 (Value grade: A+)

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Connecticut: Yale University

Number of undergraduates: 5,469

Acceptance rate: 6% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $18,319 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $83,200 (Value grade: A+)

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Delaware: University of Delaware

Number of undergraduates: 17,761

Acceptance rate: 70% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $15,894 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,100 (Value grade: A)

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Florida: University of Florida

Number of undergraduates: 31,014

Acceptance rate: 46% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $14,761 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $53,100 (Value grade: A+)

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Georgia: Emory University

Number of undergraduates: 6,714

Acceptance rate: 25% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $24,804 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $61,500 (Value grade: A+)

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Hawaii: Brigham Young University - Hawaii

Number of undergraduates: 2,419

Acceptance rate: 27% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $12,319 (Campus grade: B-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $41,000 (Value grade: B)

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Idaho: University of Idaho

Number of undergraduates: 7,269

Acceptance rate: 76% (Academics grade: B+)

Net price: $14,787 (Campus grade: B)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $41,000 (Value grade: A-)

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Illinois: Northwestern University

Number of undergraduates: 8,298

Acceptance rate: 11% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $29,326 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,900 (Value grade: A+)

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Indiana: University of Notre Dame

Number of undergraduates: 8,514

Acceptance rate: 19% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $26,683 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $71,600 (Value grade: A+)

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Iowa: Grinnell College

Number of undergraduates: 1,658

Acceptance rate: 20% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $30,010 (Campus grade: B)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,300 (Value grade: A)

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Kansas: University of Kansas

Number of undergraduates: 17,141

Acceptance rate: 93% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $18,014 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $46,500 (Value grade: A-)

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Kentucky: University of Kentucky

Number of undergraduates: 20,833

Acceptance rate: 91% (Academics grade: B+)

Net price: $17,850 (Campus grade: A-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $43,000 (Value grade: A-)

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Louisiana: Tulane University

Number of undergraduates: 6,487

Acceptance rate: 26% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $32,515 (Campus grade: A-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,200 (Value grade: A)

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Maine: Bowdoin College

Number of undergraduates: 1,801

Acceptance rate: 15% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $24,888 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $58,700 (Value grade: A+)

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Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

Number of undergraduates: 5,621

Acceptance rate: 13% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $27,352 (Campus grade: B)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,800 (Value grade: A+)

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Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Number of undergraduates: 4,476

Acceptance rate: 8% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $21,576 (Campus grade: A-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $94,200 (Value grade: A+)

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Michigan: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Number of undergraduates: 27,969

Acceptance rate: 29% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $16,107 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,100 (Value grade: A+)

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Minnesota: Carleton College

Number of undergraduates: 2,087

Acceptance rate: 23% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $28,587 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,600 (Value grade: A+)

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Mississippi: Mississippi State University

Number of undergraduates: 16,695

Acceptance rate: 56% (Academics grade: A)

Net price: $15,628 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $40,300 (Value grade: A-)

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Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

Number of undergraduates: 6,915

Acceptance rate: 17% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $28,824 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,300 (Value grade: A+)

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Montana: Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Number of undergraduates: 1,672

Acceptance rate: 89% (Academics grade: B)

Net price: $12,385 (Campus grade: B-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $41,100 (Value grade: A-)

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Nebraska: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Number of undergraduates: 19,381

Acceptance rate: 75% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $16,462 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $43,700 (Value grade: A-)

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Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno

Number of undergraduates: 15,408

Acceptance rate: 83% (Academics grade: B+)

Net price: $15,022 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $45,000 (Value grade: B+)

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New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

Number of undergraduates: 4,270

Acceptance rate: 11% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $21,177 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,000 (Value grade: A+)

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New Jersey: Princeton University

Number of undergraduates: 5,251

Acceptance rate: 7% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $17,732 (Campus grade: A-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $80,500 (Value grade: A+)

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New Mexico: New Mexico Tech

Number of undergraduates: 1,388

Acceptance rate: 23% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $13,331 (Campus grade: C-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,900 (Value grade: A)

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New York: Columbia University

Number of undergraduates: 7,552

Acceptance rate: 7% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $22,973 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $78,200 (Value grade: A+)

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North Carolina: Duke University

Number of undergraduates: 6,577

Acceptance rate: 11% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $19,950 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,900 (Value grade: A+)

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North Dakota: North Dakota State University

Number of undergraduates: 10,680

Acceptance rate: 93% (Academics grade: B+)

Net price: $14,581 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $46,600 (Value grade: A-)

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Ohio: Kenyon College

Number of undergraduates: 1,689

Acceptance rate: 27% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $28,192 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,300 (Value grade: A+)

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Oklahoma: University of Tulsa

Number of undergraduates: 3,478

Acceptance rate: 40% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $27,264 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $45,100 (Value grade: A)

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Oregon: Reed College

Number of undergraduates: 1,379

Acceptance rate: 31% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $27,805 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $37,900 (Value grade: A-)

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Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

Number of undergraduates: 10,468

Acceptance rate: 9% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $22,944 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,400 (Value grade: A+)

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Rhode Island: Brown University

Number of undergraduates: 6,565

Acceptance rate: 9% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $25,264 (Campus grade: A-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,100 (Value grade: A+)

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South Carolina: Clemson University

Number of undergraduates: 17,883

Acceptance rate: 51% (Academics grade: A)

Net price: $17,797 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $50,900 (Value grade: A+)

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South Dakota: Augustana University

Number of undergraduates: 1,574

Acceptance rate: 69% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $19,974 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $41,600 (Value grade: A)

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Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

Number of undergraduates: 6,817

Acceptance rate: 11% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $23,150 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,500 (Value grade: A+)

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Texas: Rice University

Number of undergraduates: 3,836

Acceptance rate: 15% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $22,061 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,300 (Value grade: A+)

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Utah: Brigham Young University

Number of undergraduates: 28,012

Acceptance rate: 51% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $12,864 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,800 (Value grade: A)

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Vermont: Middlebury College

Number of undergraduates: 2,506

Acceptance rate: 16% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $21,437 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,600 (Value grade: A+)

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Virginia: University of Virginia

Number of undergraduates: 15,476

Acceptance rate: 30% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $15,945 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,700 (Value grade: A+)

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Washington: University of Washington

Number of undergraduates: 28,380

Acceptance rate: 45% (Academics grade: A)

Net price: $10,068 (Campus grade: A)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,800 (Value grade: A+)

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West Virginia: West Virginia University

Number of undergraduates: 20,524

Acceptance rate: 76% (Academics grade: B+)

Net price: $10,814 (Campus grade: A-)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,000 (Value grade: A-)

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Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin

Number of undergraduates: 28,577

Acceptance rate: 53% (Academics grade: A+)

Net price: $15,874 (Campus grade: A+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,200 (Value grade: A+)

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Wyoming: University of Wyoming

Number of undergraduates: 8,102

Acceptance rate: 95% (Academics grade: A-)

Net price: $13,155 (Campus grade: B+)

Median earnings six years after graduation: $46,200 (Value grade: A-)

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