College Raptor’s 2023 Best Colleges Rankings have arrived! In these various lists we shine the spotlight on the best colleges that the US has to offer.

We’ve divided these rankings into multiple handy categories, allowing students and their families to more easily find schools that fit with what they’re looking for.

Each of these rankings is based on an analysis of data about the school’s selectivity, financial health, academic rigor, and student success. We’ve outlined our Best Colleges Rankings full methodology here.

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Top 50 Best Colleges in the United States | 2023 Rankings

The Top 50 Best Colleges in the United States is the most prestigious rankings list College Raptor releases annually. Schools featured on this list are the best of the best when it comes to higher education. With rich histories, gorgeous campuses, and incredible academic programs, these schools are phenomenal institutions. After thoroughly analyzing every college …
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Top 25 Most Affordable Colleges for the Middle Class | 2023 Rankings

It’s no secret that college can be expensive. But that doesn’t mean “not affordable.” This year, College Raptor ranked our top 25 most affordable colleges for the middle class. We rank the most affordable colleges, based on the estimated net price at each institution for a “typical” middle-class family. We defined our “typical” middle-class family …
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Top 25 Best Public Colleges in the US | 2023 Rankings

Some of the greatest colleges in the country are public schools. These colleges are government-funded, tend to have larger and more diverse student bodies, and are filled with opportunities galore. Known for their student organizations, internship opportunities, intramural sports, public colleges also have many academic resources. This top 25 list puts the spotlight on the …
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Top 25 Best Private Colleges in the US | 2023 Rankings

Many of the best colleges in America are private; many are even household names. Rich with history, the best private colleges can go on to produce equally historic alumni. Private colleges tend to be nonprofit institutions that are funded internally through endowments and donations. Because of this, private colleges offer some of the highest financial …
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Top 25 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the US | 2023 Rankings

The epitome of the term “well-rounded” is a liberal arts education. The Liberal Arts encompass a wide array of disciplines — from English to Business to Psychology. Lib arts colleges encourage students to explore subjects outside of their major and have a truly holistic education. Liberal arts colleges also typically have smaller student bodies, which …
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Top 25 Best Research Colleges in the US | 2023 Rankings

At the height of academia are the research colleges. These schools put a lot of emphasis on research from both students and faculty. Many of America’s best universities and colleges fall under the research title. They make incredible advancements in the sciences every single year. With top-notch resources, programs, and professors, the universities and colleges …
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Top 25 Best Southeast Colleges in the US | 2023 Rankings

The south is known for a lot of things. Delicious southern food, heart-warming southern hospitality, and quality southern education. Some of the best US colleges are found in the southeast region. For the purposes of this list, we’re considering the following states as part of the Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North …
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Top 25 Best Rocky Mountain Colleges in the US | 2023 Rankings

The Rocky Mountains are as impressive as the states they span. Also known as the Rockies, this range offer beautiful vistas, unique wildlife, challenging hikes, and great skiing, but the states also offer amazing schools and educational opportunities. For this list, we’re including the following states in the Rocky Mountain region: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, …

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