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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in as ranked by CollegeSimply. This ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in is Centre College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Centre College 136 945 119
2 Asbury University 266 831 272
3 Alice Lloyd College 630 49 1,039
4 University of Kentucky 267 1,368 574
5 Bellarmine University 518 1,185 391
6 Georgetown College 922 720 573
7 Murray State University 519 1,257 792
8 Kentucky Wesleyan College 590 452 1,072
9 Brescia University 976 251 1,402
10 Spalding University 723 305 1,135
11 Kentucky Christian University 977 146 1,073
12 University of Louisville 1,375 920 821
13 University of the Cumberlands 793 859 1,107
14 Western Kentucky University 794 1,417 864
15 Campbellsville University 792 832 1,134
16 Thomas More College 631 1,334 793
17 Northern Kentucky University 520 1,369 1,286
18 Eastern Kentucky University 589 1,277 1,263
19 Midway College 1,187 535 1,174
20 Morehead State University 923 1,278 1,200
21 Kentucky Mountain Bible College 1,373 486 1,370
22 Kentucky State University 1,157 286 1,573
23 Transylvania University 1,376 1,430 293
24 Union College 1,377 741 1,403
25 Saint Catharine College 869 1,079 1,750
26 Mid Continent University 1,093 1,296 1,611
27 University of Pikeville 1,094 1,492 1,511

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.