The Best Private Colleges in America

Ranking Institution name Tuition Students
1
Phoenix, Arizona
$10.188 208 742
2
Clinton, Iowa
$10.312 69 336
3
Salt Lake City, Utah
$6.070 31 353
4
Provo, Utah
$4.850 28 338
5
Lynchburg, Virginia
$19.486 24 777
6
Winter Park, Florida
$22.088 21 371
7
New York, New York
$44.958 21 247
8
Orlando, Florida
$14.436 18 244
9
Los Angeles, California
$46.363 17 619
10
Boston, Massachusetts
$44.880 16 634
11
Rexburg, Idaho
$3.850 15 235
12
Ithaca, New York
$45.358 14 245
13
Syracuse, New York
$40.458 14 169
14
Boston, Massachusetts
$41.686 14 135
15
Chicago, Illinois
$33.990 13 629
16
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$36.090 13 072
17
Colorado Springs, Colorado
$10.531 12 979
18
Waco, Texas
$35.972 12 615
19
Rochester, New York
$34.424 12 393
20
Savannah, Georgia
$14.647 11 470
21
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
$15.664 11 075
22
Queens, New York
$36.450 10 956
23
Virginia Beach, Virginia
$14.245 10 888
24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$45.890 10 324
25
Columbia, Missouri
$7.115 10 223
26
Coral Gables, Florida
$42.852 9 979
27
Tampa, Florida
$0 9 926
28
Marion, Indiana
$23.628 9 887
29
Washington, District of Columbia
$47.343 9 758
30
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
$45.622 9 533
31
Chicago, Illinois
$22.792 9 224
32
Costa Mesa, California
$11.320 8 994
33
Chicago, Illinois
$35.573 8 952
34
Providence, Rhode Island
$27.156 8 857
35
Saint Leo, Florida
$19.920 8 702
36
Evanston, Illinois
$43.779 8 542
37
South Bend, Indiana
$44.605 8 462
38
Davenport, Iowa
$13.884 8 301
39
Fort Worth, Texas
$36.590 8 145
40
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$34.640 7 969
41
Bronx, New York
$43.902 7 710
42
Atlanta, Georgia
$44.008 7 567
43
Dayton, Ohio
$35.800 7 462
44
Savannah, Georgia
$32.950 7 448
45
Saint Charles, Missouri
$15.150 7 399
46
Saint Louis, Missouri
$36.090 7 354
47
Washington, District of Columbia
$44.805 7 251
48
New York, New York
$49.138 7 236
49
Cambridge, Massachusetts
$42.292 7 233
50
New York, New York
$38.069 7 107

A private college is a self-funded establishment that determines its own regulations, mission and admission policies. Most of the private colleges in the USA are non-profit organizations. They earns their income from students, however may benefit from tax breaks, student loans and grants from the government.

A private college is usually smaller in size compared to public or private universities. Private colleges provide tuition to the average number of 1,900 students, while private universities may have more than 30,000 students.

There are many various private colleges. Some of them may offer a general education in the spheres like science, humanities or social science. Others may be specialized in their particular fields, such as fine arts, technology, business or pharmacy.

There are also colleges that service particular groups of population, such as representatives of a certain religious confession or gender. Some of the colleges are directly managed by religious organizations.

Advantages and costs of going to a private college

Owing to a relatively small size, a private college will offer you a friendly united environment. You will be studying in small groups, the tutors will know you, and you will be familiar with most of the students who will be living in the campus. In a private college it is also easier to get engaged in various activities, such as student clubs or sports teams.

On the other hand, private colleges will offer a smaller choice of courses compared to universities. Most of them have a limited number of majors. That’s why you shall have to carefully research on the college you would like to enter and take into account your career plans. If you are still not determined about your future job, you should take on a liberal arts college that offers a range of majors in the sciences and arts.

The costs of studying at a private college are usually higher compared to public ones, because private institutions are self-funded. However the majority of students pay less than the stated tuition prices due to such benefits as financial aid, scholarships and grants.


Data provided by U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences nces.ed.gov