One of the most important things that we do at College Raptor is to help students discover new college options. Most of us are only familiar with a small handful of local or regional colleges–big state schools, perhaps a famous private. Beyond that, few of us know what options are out there, or which schools may be a great fit.
With the second installment of our Hidden Gems series, we again are shining the spotlight on colleges across the country that are often overlooked. They may be great schools that are in your backyard or just across state lines that you’ve never heard of.
As with last year, we selected this list based on a specific set of criteria:
- College must receive fewer than 5,000 applications
- College must enroll 1,000 or more undergraduates
From this list, we then selected the best college in each state, based on our national overall rankings, as the Hidden Gem from that state.
Find the best college from our 2016 Hidden Gems:
Hidden Gems 2016 full list
Note that Alaska did not have a college that qualified based on our criteria.
All data is based on the most-recently available data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).