Special Report

The 20 Best Colleges in America

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15. Northwestern University
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 8.5% (applicants: 40,425, accepted: 3,422)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $93,400
> Median debt at graduation: $15,000
> Annual net cost of attendance: $26,196
> Avg. SAT score: 1508 out of 1600
> Location: Evanston, IL

14. Claremont McKenna College
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 9.3% (applicants: 6,272, accepted: 584)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $93,200
> Median debt at graduation: $14,250
> Annual net cost of attendance: $24,456
> Avg. SAT score: 1446 out of 1600
> Location: Claremont, CA

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13. University of Chicago
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 7.3% (applicants: 32,283, accepted: 2,345)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $103,000
> Median debt at graduation: $17,000
> Annual net cost of attendance: $34,719
> Avg. SAT score: 1520 out of 1600
> Location: Chicago, IL

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12. Rice University
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 11.1% (applicants: 20,923, accepted: 2,328)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $91,600
> Median debt at graduation: $11,989
> Annual net cost of attendance: $20,335
> Avg. SAT score: 1513 out of 1600
> Location: Houston, TX

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11. Cornell University
> Admission rate for 2018-2019: 10.6% (applicants: 51,324, accepted: 5,448)
> Avg. annual earnings of students 10 years after enrollment: $101,200
> Median debt at graduation: $14,000
> Annual net cost of attendance: $28,921
> Avg. SAT score: 1471 out of 1600
> Location: Ithaca, NY