The 50 best colleges by state

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Every year U.S. college research company Niche compiles a list of the best public or private college in each state. This year the company looked at  1713 colleges in its database and ranked them based on more than just basic statistics. According to its website,

This year the company looked at  1713 colleges in its database and ranked them based on more than just basic statistics.

According to its website, Niche strives “to capture the student and alumni realities of each college.” The rankings are compiled using key statistics about academics, students, campus, local area, professors, dorms, food, and athletics.

For the new year, the Best Colleges ranking also includes a “Best Value Colleges” ranking. This section reflects “the experience of alumni in the ‘real world’ ” by assessing the long-term impact a college has had on its students.

Included in the ranking are costs, post-college debt, career advancement, earnings, and “student review on how prepared they feel for life after college.”

While Niche offers a comprehensive list of every college ranked by state, we chose to show only the top school for each state.

Here is the list of the best college in every state and Washington, D.C.

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