Alabama - Auburn University
What are the best colleges in each state for 2018? Niche, a data analytics website, dug into federal data on academics, admissions, value, and student life, along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. See which schools lead the pack.
Auburn led in Alabama. It was also named No. 9 of 1,402 schools for best college athletics.
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Alaska - Alaska Pacific University
There wasn't enough data available for Niche to rank Alaska's schools, but U.S. News & World Report has named this school as the best in the state.
The school of just 282 undergraduates has a student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.
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Arizona - Arizona State University
One student review raved about the campus, calling it "clean and green."
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Arkansas - University of Arkansas
"Spirited" is the word a majority of students chose to describe this school, which is home to the Arkansas Razorbacks.
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California - Stanford University
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spoke at the 2016 commencement ceremony at Stanford University, known for funneling students to success in Silicon Valley and beyond. One student said it "lives up to the hype."
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Colorado - Colorado School of Mines
The school prepares students for careers in engineering and science.
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Connecticut - Yale University
This Ivy League school also holds the distinction of being the most diverse college in America.
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Delaware - University of Delaware
Former Vice President Joe Biden's alma mater was named the top university in Delaware. He recently made a surprise visit to the school.
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Florida - University of Florida
The school in Gainesville was also ranked No. 1 on the list of best college athletics in America.
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Georgia - Emory University
This school, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, was also named the best Christian college in America.
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Hawaii - University of Hawaii at Manoa
More than 70 percent of students said that professors at this school put a serious amount of effort into teaching.
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Idaho - University of Idaho
"The University of Idaho has a copious amount of support," one student commented.
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Illinois - University of Chicago
This school, founded by John D. Rockefeller, is one of the nation's hardest to get into. The students describe fellow students as "interesting."
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Indiana - University of Notre Dame
The university is also ranked the top Catholic school in the country.
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Iowa - Grinnell College
Students at this school enjoy a philosophy of self-governance, in which they are expected to hold themselves and their peers accountable for being good citizens.
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Kansas - Kansas State University
Eighty-seven percent of students agree that professors here put a lot of effort into teaching.
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Kentucky - Centre College
The motto at this school is: "Do your best. Be your best. No regrets."
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Louisiana - Tulane University
The New Orleans university was also named the top party school in America.
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Maine - Bowdoin College
The college of about 1,800 students has the top spot on Niche's list of the best liberal arts colleges in America, and is also ranked America's best small college.
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Maryland - Johns Hopkins University
The school has a 94 percent graduation rate, almost double the national average of 48 percent.
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Massachusetts - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT is ranked No. 1 on the list of best value colleges in America.
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Michigan - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The school is also ranked the top public university in America.
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Minnesota - Carleton College
The school has no application fee, and is ranked as the second-best school in the country without one.
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Mississippi - Mississippi State University
"I would definitely choose to go here again; the atmosphere is so awesome," said one student.
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Missouri - Washington University in St. Louis
The school ranks as having the best campus in America. It's also in the top four for quality of dorms and food.
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Montana - Carroll College
Students at this school say they enjoy small classes and personal interaction with professors.
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Nebraska - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ninety-five percent of students have a job within two years of graduating.
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Nevada - University of Nevada-Reno
Students rave about the health center and fitness facilities on the campus of this school.
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New Hampshire - Dartmouth College
The school has a 94 percent graduation rate.
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New Jersey - Princeton University
The school accepts only 7 percent of applicants, making it one of the most selective in the nation.
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New Mexico - New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
The school specializes in sciences and engineering majors.
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New York - Columbia University
The university is the seventh-hardest to get into in the nation, with an acceptance rate of 7 percent.
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North Carolina - Duke University
The school was also named the second-best college for student athletes in America.
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North Dakota - North Dakota State University
Students at this school are described as "friendly, motivated, intelligent and hard working" by fellow students.
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Ohio - Case Western Reserve University
This school has no application fee, and six years after graduation its students have a median income more than double the national average.
Ohio State University was the top rated school in the state in 2017, and in 2018 dropped to second.
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Oklahoma - University of Tulsa
One student described the school of about 3,500 students as "small but mighty."
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Oregon - Reed College
Students at this Portland school are described most by their peers as "intellectual."
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Pennsylvania - University of Pennsylvania
The school is also ranked first in the country for both business studies and nursing studies.
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Rhode Island - Brown University
The school has a 96 percent graduation rate.
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South Carolina - Clemson University
Students are described by their peers as "spirited" and "committed" to the school.
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South Dakota - Augustana University
"Augustana is truly the place for possibilities. It's not just a marketing slogan; they're being serious," said one freshman, who called the professors "awesome" and the students "welcoming."
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Tennessee - Vanderbilt University
The school is also ranked the top in the country for studying education.
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Texas - Rice University
The school is also No. 1 on the list of American colleges with the best student life.
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Utah - Brigham Young University
"I wouldn't want to go anywhere else," said one junior. "The student life is awesome, there are always things going on, just about everyone you pass on campus is friendly, and the overall atmosphere is uplifting and positive."
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Vermont - Middlebury College
Students describe their peers as "passionate, intellectual, quirky and athletic."
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Virginia - Washington & Lee University
The school is No. 1 on the list of colleges with the best Greek life in America.
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Washington - University of Washington
Nearly half of students describe their classmates as "concerned about grades but willing to have fun."
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Washington, D.C. - Georgetown University
Political science and government is the most popular major at this school in the nation's capital.
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West Virginia - West Virginia University
One student described the campus community as "close-knit."
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Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Many students said the motto "work hard play hard" summed up the attitude at this school.
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Wyoming - University of Wyoming
"One of the best things about this university is that everyone is so involved with the school," one student said.
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