Top 25 Suburban Colleges

Between the fast-paced urban campus and the isolated rural campus is another type of campus: Suburban campus.

For many students, these colleges and universities truly offer the best of both worlds. They often have access to major metropolitan areas, plenty of close shopping and dining, and nearby cultural attractions–all without having to fight traffic or leave the car at home.

They also may feel like the perfect setting for a student who is leaving home for the first time, and may well be used to the suburban setting.

Whatever it is that you’re looking for as a student, if a suburban college seems like the right fit, then you may find the right one among these ranks.

The colleges on this list are all schools located in suburban settings, and ranked based on their academic excellence. There are no factors included to rank the “quality” of the suburb.

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

25. University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Undergraduate Enrollment: 18,032

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24. Smith College

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Northampton, MA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,606

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23. University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD

Undergraduate Enrollment: 26,658

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22. Lafayette College

Lafayette College - Best Suburban Colleges

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Easton, PA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,486

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21. The College of New Jersey

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Ewing, NJ

Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,653

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20. Bryn Mawr College

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Bryn Mawr, PA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,328

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19. Villanova University

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Villanova, PA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,042

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18. Scripps College

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Claremont, CA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 990

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17. Davidson College

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Davidson, NC

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,788

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16. Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,836

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15. Harvey Mudd College

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Claremont, CA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 807

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14. Soka University of America

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Aliso Viejo, CA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 412

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13. Tufts University

Tufts University - Best Suburban Colleges

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Medford, MA

Undergradaute Enrollment: 5,180

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12. Vassar College

Vassar College - Best Suburban Colleges

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Poughkeepsie, NY

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,477

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11. Haverford College

Haverford, PA

Undergradaute Enrollment: 1,187

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10. College of William and Mary

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Williamsburg, VA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,271

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9. Claremont McKenna College

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Claremont, CA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,316

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8. Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,474

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7. Washington University in St Louis

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St Louis, MO

Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,336

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6. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Undergraduate Enrollment: 8,477

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5. Amherst College

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Amherst, MA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,785

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4. Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,534

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3. Pomona College

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Claremont, CA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,610

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2. Stanford University

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Stanford, CA

Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,274

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1. Princeton University

Princeton University - Best Suburban Colleges

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Princeton, NJ

Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,323

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