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Top Colleges in the Northeast

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

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Posted: November 27th, 2023

The Northeast is home to many of America’s best colleges. In fact, all eight of the Ivy League schools are located in the Northeastern US. There are also great options for state schools, small liberal arts schools, and everything in between. Check out our list below to compare the top colleges in the Northeast by size, cost, admissions rate, graduation rate, and more:

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Cambridge, MA

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

4% acceptance rate
4,629 undergraduate students
96% graduation rate
$5,084 average per year after aid
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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Princeton, NJ

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

4% acceptance rate
5,236 undergraduate students
98% graduation rate
$11,080 average per year after aid
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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Philadelphia, PA

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

6% acceptance rate
10,644 undergraduate students
96% graduation rate
$14,851 average per year after aid
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Franklin W Olin College of Engineering

Needham, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Needham, MA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

18% acceptance rate
361 undergraduate students
97% graduation rate
$21,474 average per year after aid
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Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

New York, NY

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

4% acceptance rate
8,832 undergraduate students
97% graduation rate
$12,836 average per year after aid
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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Cambridge, MA

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

4% acceptance rate
7,938 undergraduate students
97% graduation rate
$13,259 average per year after aid
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Yale University

New Haven, CT • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

New Haven, CT

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

5% acceptance rate
6,535 undergraduate students
97% graduation rate
$16,341 average per year after aid
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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Baltimore, MD

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

8% acceptance rate
5,727 undergraduate students
95% graduation rate
$14,254 average per year after aid
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Babson College

Wellesley, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Wellesley, MA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

25% acceptance rate
2,532 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$31,267 average per year after aid
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Williams College

Williamstown, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

Williamstown, MA

Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

9% acceptance rate
2,129 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$14,739 average per year after aid
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United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, NY • Public, Suburb

Kings Point, NY

Public, Suburb

25% acceptance rate
1,006 undergraduate students
81% graduation rate
$6,627 average per year after aid
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Amherst College

Amherst, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

Amherst, MA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

9% acceptance rate
1,971 undergraduate students
92% graduation rate
$17,304 average per year after aid
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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Ithaca, NY

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

9% acceptance rate
15,451 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$29,011 average per year after aid
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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

Swarthmore, PA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

8% acceptance rate
1,643 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$20,780 average per year after aid
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University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA • Public, Suburb

Charlottesville, VA

Public, Suburb

21% acceptance rate
17,041 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$20,507 average per year after aid
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Brown University

Providence, RI • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

Providence, RI

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

6% acceptance rate
7,125 undergraduate students
96% graduation rate
$26,308 average per year after aid
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Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME • Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

Brunswick, ME

Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

9% acceptance rate
1,948 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$16,925 average per year after aid
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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

New York, NY

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

15% acceptance rate
869 undergraduate students
83% graduation rate
$10,698 average per year after aid
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Colby College

Waterville, ME • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Waterville, ME

Private, Non-Profit, Town

9% acceptance rate
2,262 undergraduate students
87% graduation rate
$17,739 average per year after aid
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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Pittsburgh, PA

Private, Non-Profit, City

14% acceptance rate
6,880 undergraduate students
93% graduation rate
$37,846 average per year after aid
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