Top25_Rural_College

For many students, their ideal college campus is away from the city. Whether they feel at home in a more rural setting, or they’re looking to escape the hustle-and-bustle, there’s a certain serenity that comes with attending a college isolated from the major metropolitan areas.

In this ranking, we looked at the best colleges which are located in rural campuses. By definition, these colleges will be outside of major city limits and may even be surrounded by undeveloped land.

If you’re a student looking for this kind of college experience, then one of these colleges may just offer you the best there is.

Here are the 25 best rural colleges in the U.S.:

 

25. North Greenville University

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Tigerville, SC

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,257

Learn more about North Greenville University


 

24. Toccoa Falls College

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By FloNight (Sydney Poore) and Russell Poore (self-made by Russell and Sydney Poore) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Toccoa Falls, GA

Undergraduate enrollment: 870

Learn more about Toccoa Falls College


 

23. Unity College

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Unity Falls, ME

Undergraduate enrollment: 553

Learn more about Unity College


 

22. Hampden-Sydney College

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By MorrisS (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Hampden-Sydney, VA

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,070

Learn more about Hampden-Sydney College


 

21. Colby-Sawyer College

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By Josephbrophy at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

New London, NH

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,409

Learn more about Colby-Sawyer College


 

20. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

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Standish, ME

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,276

Learn more about Saint Joseph’s College of Maine


 

19. University of Idaho

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Source: Flickr user jbyoder.

Moscow, ID

Undergraduate enrollment: 9,540

Learn more about the University of Idaho


 

18. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

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Source: Flickr user _lisamarie_.

Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

Undergraduate enrollment: 649

Learn more about Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College


 

17. Western Carolina University

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By RichardKenni (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Cullowhee, NC

Undergraduate enrollment: 8,448

Learn more about Western Carolina University


 

16. Wells College

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Source: Flickr user dougtone.

Aurora, NY

Undergraduate enrollment: 534

Learn more about Wells College


 

15. Wilmington College

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By Nyttend (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wilmington, OH

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,169

Learn more about Wilmington College


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14. Stevenson UniversityTop_25_Rural_Gray

Stevenson, MD

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,965

Learn more about Stevenson University


 

13. Emory & Henry College

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Emory, VA

Undergraduate enrollment: 936

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12. Erskine College

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Due West, SC

Undergraduate enrollment: 605

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11. St John’s College

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By Capt Swing (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Santa Fe, NM

Undergraduate enrollment: 339

Learn more about St John’s College


 

10. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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Source: Flickr user darrellrhodesmiller.

Baton Rouge, LA

Undergraduate enrollment: 24,923

Learn more about Louisiana State University


 

9. Principia College

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By stannate from St. Louis, MO, US (Principia College) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Elsah, IL

Undergraduate enrollment: 508

Learn more about Principia College


 

8. Marlboro College

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Source: Flickr user redjar.

Marlboro, VT

Undergraduate enrollment: 260

Learn more about Marlboro College


 

7. Houghton College

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Houghton, NY

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,081

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6. Saint Mary’s College of California

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By Smcj0001 (w:File:SMC Pictures 026.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Moraga, CA

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,055

Learn more about Saint Mary’s College of California


 

5. DeSales UniversityTop_25_Rural_Gray

Center Valley, PA

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,482

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4. Saint Johns University

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Source: Flickr user biotour.

Collegeville, MN

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,871

Learn more about Saint Johns University


 

3. Thomas Aquinas College

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Source: Flickr user zeroy.

Santa Paula, CA

Undergraduate enrollment: 366

Learn more about Thomas Aquinas College


 

2. Sewanee-The University of the South

Sewanee

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Sewanee, TN

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,620

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1. Hamilton College

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Clinton, NY

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,620

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About our methodology

Colleges are ranked based on a combination of factors, including graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, and other data as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently-available enrollment year. Some colleges may have been excluded from rankings based on certain criteria, including specialization and classification. Learn about our full methodology

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