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    Colleges with the best professors in America

    There are a lot of variables when it comes to higher education. In the hands of different professors, the same English 101 curriculum can present as two very different experiences. That’s why it’s crucial for prospective students to choose a school with top-notch instructors: professors can have a huge impact on the academic experience.

    It’s not always easy to determine the quality of a professor before enrolling in a class, however. Negative reviews from students angry about a tough final exam can falsely drop ratings of otherwise good professors. To find out which private and public colleges have the best professors in the country, Stacker turned to Niche’s rankings of 50 four-year institutions across the country.

    Niche used student reviews and key data points from the U.S. Department of Education, such as the student-faculty ratio, research expenditures per student, faculty diversity index, and professor salary index, to assign each university’s professors a letter grade. Scroll through the slides to find out how your alma mater stacks up.

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  • #50. Reed College
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    #50. Reed College

    Location: Portland, OR
    Number of undergraduates: 1,379
    Acceptance rate: 31%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $27,805
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $37,900

  • #49. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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    #49. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
    Number of undergraduates: 27,969
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
    Net price: $16,107
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,100

  • #48. Williams College
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    #48. Williams College

    Location: Williamstown, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 2,058
    Acceptance rate: 18%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    Net price: $18,167
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,100

  • #47. Saint Louis University
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    #47. Saint Louis University

    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Number of undergraduates: 6,747
    Acceptance rate: 65%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $33,222
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,400

  • #46. Washington State University
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    #46. Washington State University

    Location: Pullman, WA
    Number of undergraduates: 21,652
    Acceptance rate: 72%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
    Net price: $17,815
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $48,600

  • #45. Haverford College
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    #45. Haverford College

    Location: Haverford, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,268
    Acceptance rate: 21%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $21,144
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,300

  • #44. Middlebury College
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    #44. Middlebury College

    Location: Middlebury, VT
    Number of undergraduates: 2,506
    Acceptance rate: 16%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $21,437
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,600

  • #43. Swarthmore College
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    #43. Swarthmore College

    Location: Swarthmore, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,542
    Acceptance rate: 13%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $19,641
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,500

  • #42. Boston University
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    #42. Boston University

    Location: Boston, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 16,628
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $31,539
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $62,000

  • #41. Scripps College
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    #41. Scripps College

    Location: Claremont, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,030
    Acceptance rate: 30%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    Net price: $37,860
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $49,700

  • #40. Hamilton College
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    #40. Hamilton College

    Location: Clinton, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 1,868
    Acceptance rate: 26%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $24,397
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $59,400

  • #39. Bates College
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    #39. Bates College

    Location: Lewiston, ME
    Number of undergraduates: 1,780
    Acceptance rate: 29%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $24,055
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,700

  • #38. Georgetown University
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    #38. Georgetown University

    Location: Washington, DC
    Number of undergraduates: 7,056
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    Net price: $26,625
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $90,100

  • #37. Barnard College
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    #37. Barnard College

    Location: New York, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 2,461
    Acceptance rate: 15%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $22,815
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,400

  • #36. Tulane University
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    #36. Tulane University

    Location: New Orleans, LA
    Number of undergraduates: 6,487
    Acceptance rate: 26%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $32,515
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,200

  • #35. Xavier University of Louisiana
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    #35. Xavier University of Louisiana

    Location: New Orleans, LA
    Number of undergraduates: 2,124
    Acceptance rate: 62%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
    Net price: $17,430
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $47,900

  • #34. Southern Methodist University
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    #34. Southern Methodist University

    Location: Dallas, TX
    Number of undergraduates: 6,296
    Acceptance rate: 49%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    Net price: $37,499
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $57,300

  • #33. University of Virginia
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    #33. University of Virginia

    Location: Charlottesville, VA
    Number of undergraduates: 15,476
    Acceptance rate: 30%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
    Net price: $15,945
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,700

  • #32. Carnegie Mellon University
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    #32. Carnegie Mellon University

    Location: Pittsburgh, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 6,069
    Acceptance rate: 22%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $35,250
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $81,800

  • #31. University of Wyoming
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    #31. University of Wyoming

    Location: Laramie, WY
    Number of undergraduates: 8,102
    Acceptance rate: 95%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
    Net price: $13,155
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $46,200

  • #30. University of Rochester
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    #30. University of Rochester

    Location: Rochester, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 6,170
    Acceptance rate: 36%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $34,170
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $57,500

  • #29. University of Miami
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    #29. University of Miami

    Location: Coral Gables, FL
    Number of undergraduates: 10,164
    Acceptance rate: 38%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
    Net price: $37,424
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $57,800

  • #28. Amherst College
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    #28. Amherst College

    Location: Amherst, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,849
    Acceptance rate: 14%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $19,055
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $59,700

  • #27. Case Western Reserve University
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    #27. Case Western Reserve University

    Location: Cleveland, OH
    Number of undergraduates: 4,990
    Acceptance rate: 35%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
    Net price: $33,124
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,900

  • #26. University of Notre Dame
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    #26. University of Notre Dame

    Location: Notre Dame, IN
    Number of undergraduates: 8,514
    Acceptance rate: 19%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $26,683
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $71,600

  • #25. Grinnell College
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    #25. Grinnell College

    Location: Grinnell, IA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,658
    Acceptance rate: 20%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $30,010
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $44,300

  • #24. University of Pennsylvania
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    #24. University of Pennsylvania

    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Number of undergraduates: 10,468
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    Net price: $22,944
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $82,400

  • #23. Cornell University
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    #23. Cornell University

    Location: Ithaca, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 14,556
    Acceptance rate: 14%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $30,014
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $73,600

  • #22. Washington University in St. Louis
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    #22. Washington University in St. Louis

    Location: Saint Louis, MO
    Number of undergraduates: 6,915
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $28,824
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $66,300

  • #21. Pomona College
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    #21. Pomona College

    Location: Claremont, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,556
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
    Net price: $18,140
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,600

  • #20. Colby College
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    #20. Colby College

    Location: Waterville, ME
    Number of undergraduates: 1,879
    Acceptance rate: 19%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $21,032
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $55,000

  • #19. Johns Hopkins University
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    #19. Johns Hopkins University

    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Number of undergraduates: 5,621
    Acceptance rate: 13%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $27,352
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $69,800

  • #18. Bowdoin College
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    #18. Bowdoin College

    Location: Brunswick, ME
    Number of undergraduates: 1,801
    Acceptance rate: 15%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $24,888
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $58,700

  • #17. Wake Forest University
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    #17. Wake Forest University

    Location: Winston-Salem, NC
    Number of undergraduates: 4,900
    Acceptance rate: 30%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $23,826
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $60,200

  • #16. University of Southern California
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    #16. University of Southern California

    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 18,195
    Acceptance rate: 17%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $32,932
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,400

  • #15. Vanderbilt University
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    #15. Vanderbilt University

    Location: Nashville, TN
    Number of undergraduates: 6,817
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $23,150
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,500

  • #14. Washington & Lee University
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    #14. Washington & Lee University

    Location: Lexington, VA
    Number of undergraduates: 1,824
    Acceptance rate: 24%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
    Net price: $23,867
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $72,300

  • #13. Princeton University
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    #13. Princeton University

    Location: Princeton, NJ
    Number of undergraduates: 5,251
    Acceptance rate: 7%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1
    Net price: $17,732
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $80,500

  • #12. Harvard University
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    #12. Harvard University

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 7,151
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
    Net price: $16,205
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $90,900

  • #11. Rice University
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    #11. Rice University

    Location: Houston, TX
    Number of undergraduates: 3,836
    Acceptance rate: 15%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    Net price: $22,061
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $64,300

  • #10. Stanford University
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    #10. Stanford University

    Location: Stanford, CA
    Number of undergraduates: 7,034
    Acceptance rate: 5%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
    Net price: $16,695
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $85,700

  • #9. Northwestern University
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    #9. Northwestern University

    Location: Evanston, IL
    Number of undergraduates: 8,298
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
    Net price: $29,326
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,900

  • #8. University of Chicago
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    #8. University of Chicago

    Location: Chicago, IL
    Number of undergraduates: 5,978
    Acceptance rate: 8%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    Net price: $31,068
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $65,500

  • #7. Dartmouth College
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    #7. Dartmouth College

    Location: Hanover, NH
    Number of undergraduates: 4,270
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
    Net price: $21,177
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $70,000

  • #6. Duke University
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    #6. Duke University

    Location: Durham, NC
    Number of undergraduates: 6,577
    Acceptance rate: 11%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
    Net price: $19,950
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $77,900

  • #5. Columbia University
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    #5. Columbia University

    Location: New York, NY
    Number of undergraduates: 7,552
    Acceptance rate: 7%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    Net price: $22,973
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $78,200

  • #4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    #4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Number of undergraduates: 4,476
    Acceptance rate: 8%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 3:1
    Net price: $21,576
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $94,200

  • #3. Emory University
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    #3. Emory University

    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Number of undergraduates: 6,714
    Acceptance rate: 25%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
    Net price: $24,804
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $61,500

  • #2. Yale University
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    #2. Yale University

    Location: New Haven, CT
    Number of undergraduates: 5,469
    Acceptance rate: 6%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1
    Net price: $18,319
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $83,200

  • #1. Brown University
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    #1. Brown University

    Location: Providence, RI
    Number of undergraduates: 6,565
    Acceptance rate: 9%
    Professors grade: A+
    Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1
    Net price: $25,264
    Median earnings six years after graduation: $63,100

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