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Top Midwest Colleges and Universities

A list of 30 of Midwest's best colleges and universities

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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 below were chosen based on a range of factors including retention rates, graduation rates, student engagement, selectivity, and financial aid. I have listed the schools alphabetically to avoid the often arbitrary distinctions that separate #1 from #2, and because of the futility of comparing a large research university to a small liberal arts college.

The Midwest Region

Midwest Region

The 30 colleges and universities in the list below were selected from Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

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Albion College

Albion Marching Band
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  • Location: Albion, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 1,514 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; good financial aid; 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; NCAA Division III athletic program; over 100 student clubs and organizations
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Albion College profile

Carleton College

Carleton College Skinner Chapel
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  • Location: Northfield, Minnesota
  • Enrollment: 2,018 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the nation's ten best liberal arts colleges; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; high retention and graduation rate; attractive campus with an 880-acre arboretum; 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Carleton College profile

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University
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College of Wooster

College of Wooster
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  • Location: Wooster, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 2,008 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: member of the Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences programs; 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; one of the top Ohio colleges; strong independent study program; NCAA Division III athletic program
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the College of Wooster profile

Creighton University

Creighton University
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Denison University

Denison University
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  • Location: Granville, Ohio
  • Enrollment: 2,288 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: member of the Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium; one of the top Ohio colleges; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; 900-acre campus includes a 550-acre biological reserve; good financial aid
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Denison University profile

DePauw University

DePauw University Performing Arts Center
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  • Location: Greencastle, Indiana
  • Enrollment: 2,352 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; one of the top Indiana colleges; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; five different honors programs; campus features a 520-acre nature park; good financial aid
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the DePauw University profile

Grinnell College

Grinnell Main Hall
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  • Location: Grinnell Iowa
  • Enrollment: 1,693 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country; chapter of  Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; few core requirements; NCAA Division III athletic program
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Grinnell College profile

Hope College

Hope College
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  • Location: Holland, Michigan
  • Enrollment: 3,249 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America
  • Distinctions: distinguished in Loren Pope's College's That Change Lives; 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; located five miles from Lake Michigan
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Hope College profile

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