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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
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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)

  • Alaska: University of Alaska Southeast
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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-)

  • Arizona: Arizona State University
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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-)

  • Arkansas: University of Arkansas
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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-)

  • California: Stanford University
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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+)

  • Colorado: Colorado School of Mines
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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+)

  • Connecticut: Yale University
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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+)

  • Delaware: University of Delaware
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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)

  • Florida: University of Florida
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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+)

  • Georgia: Emory University
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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+)

  • Hawaii: Brigham Young University - Hawaii
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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)

  • Idaho: University of Idaho
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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-)

  • Illinois: Northwestern University
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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+)

  • Indiana: University of Notre Dame
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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+)

  • Iowa: Grinnell College
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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)

  • Kansas: University of Kansas
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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-)

  • Kentucky: University of Kentucky
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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-)

  • Louisiana: Tulane University
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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)

  • Maine: Bowdoin College
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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+)

  • Maryland: Johns Hopkins University
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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+)

  • Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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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+)

  • Michigan: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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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+)

  • Minnesota: Carleton College
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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+)

  • Mississippi: Mississippi State University
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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-)

  • Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis
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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+)

  • Montana: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
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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-)

  • Nebraska: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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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-)

  • Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno
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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+)

  • New Hampshire: Dartmouth College
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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+)

  • New Jersey: Princeton University
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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+)

  • New Mexico: New Mexico Tech
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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)

  • New York: Columbia University
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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+)

  • North Carolina: Duke University
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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+)

  • North Dakota: North Dakota State University
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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-)

  • Ohio: Kenyon College
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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+)

  • Oklahoma: University of Tulsa
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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)

  • Oregon: Reed College
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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-)

  • Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania
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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+)

  • Rhode Island: Brown University
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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+)

  • South Carolina: Clemson University
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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+)

  • South Dakota: Augustana University
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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)

  • Tennessee: Vanderbilt University
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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+)

  • Texas: Rice University
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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+)

  • Utah: Brigham Young University
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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)

  • Vermont: Middlebury College
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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+)

  • Virginia: University of Virginia
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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+)

  • Washington: University of Washington
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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+)

  • West Virginia: West Virginia University
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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-)

  • Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin
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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+)

  • Wyoming: University of Wyoming
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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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