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2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Prepler’s college search tool helps you find a college that's right for you! These are 2020 Best Private Colleges in America as ranked by Prepler. We can help you find best place to study.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4 Year  •  CambridgeMA  • 

10 reviews

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit university based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,097 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 7%.

#1 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
7%
Net Price
$67,430
SAT Range
1490-1570
ACT Range
33-35
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Stanford University

Stanford University

4 Year  •  StanfordCA  • 

10 reviews

Stanford University is a private not-for-profit university based in Stanford, California. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,700 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 4%.

#2 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
4%
Net Price
$69,109
SAT Range
1390-1540
ACT Range
32-35
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Harvard University

Harvard University

4 Year  •  CambridgeMA  • 

10 reviews

Harvard University is a private not-for-profit university based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,687 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 5%.

#3 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
5%
Net Price
$69,600
SAT Range
1460-1590
ACT Range
32-35
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Yale University

Yale University

4 Year  •  New HavenCT  • 

10 reviews

Yale University is a private not-for-profit university based in New Haven, Connecticut. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,579 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 6%.

#4 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
6%
Net Price
$71,290
SAT Range
1460-1580
ACT Range
32-35
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Princeton University

Princeton University

4 Year  •  PrincetonNJ  • 

10 reviews

Princeton University is a private not-for-profit university based in Princeton, New Jersey. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,306 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 6%.

#5 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
6%
Net Price
$66,150
SAT Range
1430-1570
ACT Range
31-35
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University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

4 Year  •  PhiladelphiaPA  • 

10 reviews

University of Pennsylvania is a private not-for-profit university based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 2,456 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 9%.

#6 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
9%
Net Price
$71,715
SAT Range
1420-1560
ACT Range
32-35
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Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York

4 Year  •  New YorkNY  • 

10 reviews

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private not-for-profit university based in New York, New York. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,547 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 6%.

#7 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
6%
Net Price
$74,199
SAT Range
1410-1570
ACT Range
31-34
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Duke University

Duke University

4 Year  •  DurhamNC  • 

10 reviews

Duke University is a private not-for-profit university based in Durham, North Carolina. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,748 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 9%.

#8 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
9%
Net Price
$71,764
SAT Range
1380-1540
ACT Range
31-35
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California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

4 Year  •  PasadenaCA  • 

10 reviews

California Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit university based in Pasadena, California. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 235 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 7%.

#9 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
7%
Net Price
$68,901
SAT Range
1530-1590
ACT Range
34-35
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University of Chicago

University of Chicago

4 Year  •  ChicagoIL  • 

10 reviews

University of Chicago is a private not-for-profit university based in Chicago, Illinois. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,736 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 8%.

#10 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
8%
Net Price
$75,735
SAT Range
1480-1580
ACT Range
32-35
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Northwestern University

Northwestern University

4 Year  •  EvanstonIL  • 

10 reviews

Northwestern University is a private not-for-profit university based in Evanston, Illinois. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,903 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 9%.

#11 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
9%
Net Price
$72,980
SAT Range
1420-1560
ACT Range
32-34
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Brown University

Brown University

4 Year  •  ProvidenceRI  • 

10 reviews

Brown University is a private not-for-profit university based in Providence, Rhode Island. It is an institution with an enrollment of over 1,637 bachelor’s degree candidates. The admission criteria is somewhat competitive with the acceptance rate of 8%.

#12 in 2020 Best Private Colleges in America

Acceptance Rate
8%
Net Price
$71,050
SAT Range
1405-1570
ACT Range
31-35
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