Consensus, a unique college rating website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, has published its ranking of the Best Online & Traditional Colleges in Every State for 2022.

According to a news release, 73% of college students at all education levels attend public institutions, typically in their home state. For many, in-state public colleges mean lower costs and less travel, making them an enticing option for budget-conscious students who want to stay close to home.

“Location and proximity to home are traditionally some of the most important college decision factors for prospective students,” said College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder in the news release. “Even online students prefer to go to in-state colleges.”

To determine the Best Colleges in Every U.S. State, College Consensus began with a list of colleges in each state, then combined the results of the most respected college ranking systems with the averaged ratings of thousands of real student reviews from around the web to present a comprehensive picture of the American college landscape — state by state.

California and Texas are each home to over 1 million college students—the highest concentrations of college students in the U.S. — and boast resident enrollment rates up to 93%.

The 5 Best Colleges in California are:

  1. Stanford University
  2. Pomona College
  3. University of California-Los Angeles
  4. University of California-Berkeley
  5. California Institute of Technology

View the best online colleges in California here.

The 5 Best Colleges in Texas are:

  1. Rice University
  2. The University of Texas at Austin
  3. Texas A&M University-College Station
  4. Trinity University
  5. University of Dallas

View the best online colleges in Texas here.

Visit the directory to view the full ranking of traditional and online colleges for each state.

“Students looking to attend an in-state college—and want the best of the best—should start their research at this list,” Alder added.

Source: College Consensus