The 100 Best Private Colleges in America

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Choosing a college can be one of the most important decisions in a person’s life. The universities that students attend will train them for their future careers, give them the education they need to think critically and solve real-world problems, and connect them to a lifelong social network and community. While invaluable, the benefits of higher education don’t come cheap—especially if the choice is a private school.

Tuition and fees at private colleges clocked in at more than $35,000 a year on average in the 2018-2019 school year. That’s nearly four times as much as what a student would typically spend to attend an in-state public college, according to data from U.S. News & World Report. No wonder recent graduates of private nonprofit schools typically shoulder about $32,600 in student debt, according to Matt Carter of Credible.

The only way an investment in private college can potentially pay off is if students do their homework to find a school that more...