The mountain states may have a lower population density than much of the United States, but the area does have many excellent options for higher education. My top 20 mountain state colleges are found in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Colorado School of Mines
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My top picks vary greatly in size and personality. The list includes one of the country's largest public universities as well as a tiny Christian college with under 200 students. The colleges were chosen based on factors such as retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, student engagement, and value. Check out the top 20 list to see who made the cut.
If there is a school that you think should have made the list, share your recommendation below. Even when ratings are based on empirical data, they are always partly subjective, and I welcome your input.
Top Picks by Region:
- Top New England Colleges (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
- Top Middle Atlantic Colleges (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
- Top Midwest Colleges (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI)
- Top Mountain State Colleges (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
- Top South Central Colleges (AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX)
- Top Southeast Colleges (FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV)
- Top West Coast Colleges (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
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