Selected Highly Competitive Colleges

There are over 3,000 universities and liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Listed below
are 94 with a U.S. News & World Report score of at least 60 and endowment
sufficient to provide meaningful need-based grants.*

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Universities
 
Princeton University (100)
Harvard University (96)
Columbia University (94)
MIT (94)
University of Chicago (94)
Yale University (94)
Stanford University (93) 
Duke University (92)
University of Pennsylvania (92)
Johns Hopkins University (90)
Northwestern University (90)
Cal Tech (88)
Dartmouth College (88)
Washington & Lee University (88)
Brown University (85)
Vanderbilt University (85)
Cornell University (84)
Rice University (84) 
Notre Dame (83)
University of Richmond (83)
UCLA (82)
Washington Univ. in St. Louis (82)
Emory University (79)
Georgetown University (78)
Univ. of Cal. Berkeley (78)
Univ. of Southern California (78)
Carnegie Mellon University (74)
Univ. of Virginia (74)
Tufts University (72)
Univ. of Michigan (72)
Wake Forest University (72)
Univ. of North Carolina (71)
Univ. of Rochester (70)
Brandeis University (69)
Georgia Tech (69)
Boston College (68)
College of William and Mary (68)
Case Western Reserve (66)
Tulane University (65)
Pepperdine University (64)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (63)
Lehigh University (62) 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (60)
Liberal Arts Colleges
 
Williams College (100)
Amherst College (96)
Swarthmore College (93)
Wellesley College (93)
Bowdoin College (91)
Carleton College (91)
Middlebury College (91)
Pomona College (91)
Claremont McKenna College (90) 
Davidson College (89)
Grinnell College (88) 
Haverford College (88)
Smith College (88)
Vassar College (88) 
Colgate University (87)
Hamilton College (87) 
Colby College (86)
Harvey Mudd College (86)
U.S. Military Academy (86)
Wesleyan University (86)
Bates College (85)
U.S. Naval Academy (85)
Barnard College (83)
Bryn Mawr College (82) 
Colorado College (82)
Macalester College (82)
Kenyon College (80)
Mount Holyoke College (80)
Oberlin College (80)
Scripps College (80) 
U.S. Air Force Academy (80)
College of the Holy Cross (79)
Bucknell University (77)
Franklin & Marshall College (77)
Lafayette College (77)
Occidental College (76)
Union College (76)
Skidmore College (75)
Denison University (74)
Connecticut College (73)
Trinity College (73)
Gettysburg College (72)
Sewanee-Univ. of the South (72)
Dickinson College (71)
Bard College (70)
DePauw University (70)
St. Lawrence University (70)
Hobart & Wm. Smith College (66)
Allegheny College (64)
Muhlenberg College (63)
Wheaton (62)

Total: 94

*The scores (in parenthesis) are from USN&WR, Best Colleges, 2019 Edition, on a scale of 100 as the highest, and are based on: Outcomes (35%); Expert Opinion (20%); Faculty Resources (20%); Financial Resources (10%); Student Excellence (10%); and Alumni Giving (5%). About 150 colleges have scores above 60. Only Princeton and Williams have scores of 100. With limited exceptions, all colleges on this list have at least $100,000 of endowment per student.