College Raptor’s Hidden Gems rankings puts the spotlight on amazing schools that you may not have heard of before. 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’s lists include Hidden Gem schools organized by state and by region. In addition, we pulled out top-ranked hidden gems schools for:
- Middle Class Affordability Colleges: #1 Bryn Mawr College
- Hidden Gem D3 Colleges: #1 Bryn Mawr College
- Easier to Get Into Hidden Gem Colleges: #1 Wheaton College
- Hidden Gem HBCUs: #1 Elizabeth City State University
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.
For more information on methodology behind our college rankings, check out our ranking methodology breakdown.