The Best Colleges for You – Colleges of Distinction of 2020

Colleges of Distinction has hand-picked a selection of top schools that are well equipped to provide a personalized education catered to students’ interests. Through a rigorous vetting and interview process for the 2020-2021 academic year, we have refreshed and reaffirmed that these institutions strive for excellence in line with the four overarching distinctions—Student Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.

These schools vary in size, cost, location, academic offerings, and more, but they are all distinguished by their commitment to the undergraduate experience. The diversity of the college list is intentional, giving students and parents a variety of public and private universities to consider. No matter what, they all exhibit the foundational qualities of a fulfilling undergraduate education.

Learn, Grow, Succeed


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Best Career Development CollegesBest Equity & Inclusion CollegesBest Military Support Colleges
Best Nursing CollegesBest Business CollegesBest Engineering CollegesBest Education Colleges
Best Public CollegesBest Catholic CollegesBest Christian Colleges


Take a look below to see our list of 2020-2021 Colleges of Distinction and begin the journey toward the best school—the one that is the perfect fit for you.

North Dakota

West Virginia