Academics play perhaps the most quintessential role in the overall college experience. You are there, first and foremost, to challenge yourself intellectually and expand your understanding of the world. Our cadre of higher-education analysts studied each and every school in America and couldn't be more excited to give you the comprehensive 2021 Best Colleges for Academics list. You'll most likely be interested in some of our highest ranking picks!
New England heads up America in generating superior quality academics, accounting for 4 of the top 10 ranks. The runner up is the Mid-Atlantic, having 2 in the top 10.
To tell you a little bit about our top picks, the top 10 academics have a mid-sized average enrollment of 5,864 full-time undergrads. They accept between 4% and 8% of applicants, and their undergraduates' SAT scores range from 1485 to 1555. On average, their undergrads end up paying around $22,744 annually, after accounting for financial aid and scholarships, and their undergrads obtain a mean amount of $49,438 in financial aid per year. In addition, they enroll a median of 6 undergraduates for every professor, and their ratings for academics on School Authority range from 9.46 to 10.