25 Top Colleges In The Midwest 2019: Chicago, Notre Dame, Michigan Lead

This year four Midwest schools made the top 20 of Forbes’ Top Colleges List overall, making a strong showing on the national list for the fourth year in a row. 

Moving up two spots since last year to No. 16 on the national list, the University of Chicago takes the top spot in the Midwest. Known as a prestigious research institution with a rigorous core curriculum, the university has produced several important innovations, including the creation of the first sustained nuclear reaction. The University of Chicago tops the list not only for its cutting edge research, but the school also provides an affordable education through its No Barriers policy, which ensures students from all backgrounds can graduate debt free.

A neighboring university with its main campus located in the suburbs of Chicago, Northwestern University follows close behind the University of Chicago as the No. 2 school in the Midwest and No. 17 in the nation. Northwestern University is an institution known for its research with over 50 research centers on campus, spanning a wide variety of topics including neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology and drug discovery. However, the school also has one of the most prestigious journalism programs in the nation — the Medill School of Journalism — which provides both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

One of only nine public schools to make the Midwest list and the No. 2 public university in the nation, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor takes No. 4, following on the heels of their longtime football rival the University of Notre Dame (No. 3 in the Midwest). The University of Michigan is known for elite academic programs, such as the Ross School of Business and the Ford School of Public Policy. The schools are responsible for producing such names as Google cofounder Larry Page and former President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. The University of Michigan also boasts the largest college football stadium capacity, known as The Big House, filling over 110,000 seats.

Numerous liberal arts schools also made an appearance on the list, including Kenyon College and Oberlin College. Located in rural Ohio, Kenyon College is a small school dedicated to tradition. Every year, first year students sign the Matriculation Book, a book filled with such names as former U.S. President Rutherford. B. Hayes, actor Paul Newman and novelist John Green. Oberlin College is also a school rooted in history but with a progressive twist. As the oldest coeducational liberal arts college in the country, Oberlin College was the first college in America to adopt a policy to admit African American students and the first school to grant bachelor’s degrees to women in a coeducational program.

25. Saint Louis University

24. University of Iowa

23. Michigan State University 

22. Denison University 

21. DePauw University

20. Indiana University, Bloomington 

19. Wheaton College

18. Ohio State University 

17. Purdue University 

16. St. Olaf College 

15. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 

14. Case Western Reserve University 

13. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 

12. Macalester College 

11. Oberlin College 

10. Grinnell College 

9. Kenyon College 

8. University of Wisconsin, Madison 

7. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

6. Carleton College 

5. Washington University in St. Louis 

4. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

3. University of Notre Dame

2. Northwestern University 

1. University of Chicago

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