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- School-ranking website Niche released a list of the best colleges in America, starting with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Niche based its rankings on factors ranging from acceptance rates to median income six years after graduation.
- Other top universities include Stanford, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton.
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A new school year is about to begin, which means a new group of high school students are deciding which colleges they should apply to.
To help both students and parents, school-ranking website Niche has released its 2020 list of the best colleges in America, after rating more than 1,000 schools. Niche based its rankings on factors like acceptance rates, student and alumni reviews, professor ratings, graduate income, and campus life.
The top spot went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The other top spots went to Stanford, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton.
Here are the 25 best colleges in America.
25. Tufts University — Medford, Massachusetts
Acceptance rate: 15%
Undergraduate students: 5,483
Net cost of tuition: $29,449
Most popular majors: Economics, Biology, International Relations
Median annual earnings six years after graduation: $75,800
According to a student: "I could not be more happy with the experience I’ve had at Tufts. It is a very demanding academic institution but also provides us with the cutting edge of research and the best professors, so you know why so much is expected of you."
24. Georgetown University — Washington, DC
Acceptance rate: 16%
Undergraduate students: 6,987
Net cost of tuition: $27,420
Most popular majors: Political Science and Government, International Relations, Finance
Median annual earnings six years after graduation: $93,500
According to a student: "Georgetown was such a great experience for me personally — I found the professors to truly care about their students and most of the student body was driven, intelligent, and genuine."
23. University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan
Acceptance rate: 27%
Undergraduate students: 28,702
Net cost of tuition: $16,408
Most popular majors: Information Science, Business, Research and Experimental Psychology
Median annual earnings six years after graduation: $63,400
According to a student: "The University of Michigan has really turned into my home. The atmosphere of the school as well as the challenging but also supportive academic environment were the two things that I was really looking for in a school and Michigan does it so well. You really need to take initiative to succeed here, but if you do it’s great."
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