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    Top Colleges in the Midwest

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Posted: November 20th, 2023

    The Midwest is home to many of our country’s best colleges and universities. Many states also have thriving public school systems, and students who live in the region can take advantage of tuition discounts through the Midwest Student Exchange Program. Check out the top colleges in the region below, and compare by size, cost, and much more:

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    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor, MI • Public, City

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Public, City

    20% acceptance rate
    32,063 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $17,086 average per year after aid
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    University of Chicago

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Chicago, IL

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    7,558 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $22,690 average per year after aid
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    Northwestern University

    Evanston, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Evanston, IL

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    7% acceptance rate
    8,691 undergraduate students
    95% graduation rate
    $28,230 average per year after aid
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    University of Notre Dame

    Notre Dame, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Notre Dame, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    15% acceptance rate
    8,950 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $32,369 average per year after aid
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    Purdue University-Main Campus

    West Lafayette, IN • Public, City

    West Lafayette, IN

    Public, City

    69% acceptance rate
    37,658 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $9,127 average per year after aid
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    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Champaign, IL • Public, City

    Champaign, IL

    Public, City

    60% acceptance rate
    33,889 undergraduate students
    85% graduation rate
    $15,483 average per year after aid
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    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Madison, WI • Public, City

    Madison, WI

    Public, City

    60% acceptance rate
    33,506 undergraduate students
    89% graduation rate
    $16,708 average per year after aid
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    Michigan State University

    East Lansing, MI • Public, City

    East Lansing, MI

    Public, City

    83% acceptance rate
    38,424 undergraduate students
    82% graduation rate
    $10,925 average per year after aid
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    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    Minneapolis, MN • Public, City

    Minneapolis, MN

    Public, City

    73% acceptance rate
    30,734 undergraduate students
    84% graduation rate
    $17,419 average per year after aid
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    Ohio State University-Main Campus

    Columbus, OH • Public, City

    Columbus, OH

    Public, City

    57% acceptance rate
    45,986 undergraduate students
    88% graduation rate
    $18,623 average per year after aid
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    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    Terre Haute, IN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Terre Haute, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    77% acceptance rate
    2,075 undergraduate students
    87% graduation rate
    $36,277 average per year after aid
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    Macalester College

    Saint Paul, MN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Saint Paul, MN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    31% acceptance rate
    2,235 undergraduate students
    90% graduation rate
    $23,188 average per year after aid
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    Indiana University-Bloomington

    Bloomington, IN • Public, City

    Bloomington, IN

    Public, City

    85% acceptance rate
    33,995 undergraduate students
    81% graduation rate
    $14,216 average per year after aid
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    St Olaf College

    Northfield, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Northfield, MN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    47% acceptance rate
    2,955 undergraduate students
    85% graduation rate
    $22,278 average per year after aid
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    Wabash College

    Crawfordsville, IN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Crawfordsville, IN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    62% acceptance rate
    840 undergraduate students
    83% graduation rate
    $19,772 average per year after aid
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    Carleton College

    Northfield, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Northfield, MN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    18% acceptance rate
    2,008 undergraduate students
    91% graduation rate
    $31,800 average per year after aid
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    Wheaton College

    Wheaton, IL • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Wheaton, IL

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    86% acceptance rate
    2,301 undergraduate students
    88% graduation rate
    $25,287 average per year after aid
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    Gustavus Adolphus College

    Saint Peter, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Saint Peter, MN

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    73% acceptance rate
    2,251 undergraduate students
    78% graduation rate
    $18,044 average per year after aid
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    Michigan Technological University

    Houghton, MI • Public, Town

    Houghton, MI

    Public, Town

    86% acceptance rate
    5,701 undergraduate students
    69% graduation rate
    $15,864 average per year after aid
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    Iowa State University

    Ames, IA • Public, City

    Ames, IA

    Public, City

    91% acceptance rate
    25,537 undergraduate students
    76% graduation rate
    $15,351 average per year after aid
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