Special Report

The 20 Best Colleges in America

Source: KathyKafka / Getty Images

20. Vanderbilt University
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 9.6% (applicants: 34,313, accepted: 3,298)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $86,200
> Median debt at graduation: $15,000
> Annual net cost of attendance: $25,855
> Avg. SAT score: 1514 out of 1600
> Location: Nashville, TN

Source: DenisTangneyJr / iStock Unreleased via Getty Images

19. Amherst College
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 12.8% (applicants: 9,723, accepted: 1,246)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $83,300
> Median debt at graduation: $12,896
> Annual net cost of attendance: $16,339
> Avg. SAT score: 1449 out of 1600
> Location: Amherst, MA

Source: peterspiro / iStock via Getty Images

18. Columbia University in the City of New York
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 5.9% (applicants: 40,572, accepted: 2,399)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $115,600
> Median debt at graduation: $21,979
> Annual net cost of attendance: $21,828
> Avg. SAT score: 1512 out of 1600
> Location: New York, NY

Source: tupungato / iStock via Getty Images

17. Brown University
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 7.7% (applicants: 35,437, accepted: 2,718)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $89,100
> Median debt at graduation: $15,500
> Annual net cost of attendance: $27,218
> Avg. SAT score: 1492 out of 1600
> Location: Providence, RI

Source: DenisTangneyJr / iStock / Getty Images Plus

16. Williams College
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 13.0% (applicants: 9,560, accepted: 1,240)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $89,800
> Median debt at graduation: $12,702
> Annual net cost of attendance: $17,303
> Avg. SAT score: 1490 out of 1600
> Location: Williamstown, MA