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30 Top Midwest Colleges and Universities

By April 4, 2014

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My top picks for the Midwest encompass a wide range of colleges and universities -- private and public, urban and rural, large and small, secular and religious. The 30 colleges and universities on my list were chosen based on a range of factors including retention rates, graduation rates, student engagement, academic strengths, and financial aid.

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It will come as no surprise that schools like Notre Dame, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Carleton and Grinnell made the list. Other schools may be less familiar. To see who made the cut, check out the 30 top Midwest colleges and universities. If there is a school that you think should have made the list, share your recommendation below.

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July 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm
(1) Sarah says:

Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts school in Richmond, IN, really deserves to be on this list.

July 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm
(2) collegeapps says:

Excellent suggestion Sarah. If my list had been a couple of schools longer, Earlham would have made the cut. But thanks for bringing it to the attention of readers here–it really is a wonderful school. I ran a spotlight on Earlham a couple of years ago.

July 12, 2012 at 8:56 am
(3) William says:

I noticed no Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) on this list. Second highest starting salary for undergrads in the Midwest.

September 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm
(4) BoilerFan says:

You didn’t mention Purdue. It’s always on the top 10 for US Business’s list.

December 4, 2013 at 11:30 am
(5) Clarissa says:

I have been preparing my son for college and it is hard to say what characteristics <a href=”http://www.onestoptutoring.com/view/top_10_colleges.php”>I would consider to make a top colleges list. I think</a> your factors are extremely important and the only other factor on the top of my head that would be important to me is location, although this can be a very personal opinion attribute.

January 26, 2014 at 1:20 am
(6) Sam says:

Ohio State is one of the most glaring omissions. Better than Miami U according to many rankings.

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