The goal of College Raptor’s Hidden Gems 2023 is to put the spotlight on amazing schools that you may not have heard of before. With that in mind, these designations are based on College Raptor’s overall national rankings as well as the number of factors unique to the Hidden Gems lists.
This year, the lists include Hidden Gem schools organized by state and by region. We’ve also added a few new 2023 Hidden Gem lists to include:
- Best Religiously Affiliated Hidden Gem Colleges: #1 Hillsdale College
- Most Affordable Hidden Gem Colleges for the Middle Class: #1 Virginia Military Institute
- Most Geographically Diverse Hidden Gem Colleges: #1 United States Coast Guard Academy
- Best STEM Hidden Gem Colleges: #1 Harvey Mudd College
To qualify as a College Raptor Hidden Gem, a school must meet the following requirements:
- Receive fewer than 5,000 applications a year.
- Have fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students enrolled.
- Have an acceptance rate higher than 10%.
- Have 5 or more unique majors.
College Raptor’s overall national rankings are based on an analysis of data about the school’s selectivity, financial health, academic rigor, and student success. We’ve outlined our full methodology here.