2016 Hidden Gems: The Best College in Every State that Receives Fewer Than 5,000 Applications

1_hiddden_gem_2016One 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:

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Hidden Gems 2016 full list

ALSamford University
ARHendrix College
AZArizona State University-West
CAPitzer College
CORegis University
CTEastern Connecticut State University
DEWesley College
FLRollins College
GASpelman College
HIBrigham Young University-Hawaii
IALuther College
IDThe College of Idaho
ILWheaton College
INRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
KSBenedictine College
KYCentre College
LALoyola University New Orleans
MAWellesley College
MDSt Mary's College of Maryland
MEMaine Maritime Academy
MIKalamazoo College
MNSt Olaf College
MOTruman State University
MSMississippi College
MTCarroll College
NCUniversity of North Carolina at Asheville
NDUniversity of North Dakota
NENebraska Wesleyan University
NHSaint Anselm College
NJDrew University
NMNew Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
NVNevada State College
NYYeshiva University
OHDenison University
OKOklahoma City University
ORReed College
PAHaverford College
RIRhode Island School of Design
SCWofford College
SDAugustana University
TNRhodes College
TXAustin College
UTWestminster College
VAVirginia Military Institute
VTSaint Michael's College
WAWhitman College
WILawrence University
WVWheeling Jesuit University
WYUniversity of Wyoming

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).

One thought on “2016 Hidden Gems: The Best College in Every State that Receives Fewer Than 5,000 Applications”

  1. Edward C says:

    As a Carroll College all I have to say is going Fighting Saints!

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