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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 Washington University in St Louis.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Washington University in St Louis 13 39 23
2 William Jewell College 211 322 471
3 Truman State University 149 778 318
4 Webster University 310 255 519
5 Saint Louis University Main Campus 150 694 518
6 Missouri University of Science and Technology 100 1,118 366
7 University of Missouri Columbia 196 986 317
8 Kansas City Art Institute 308 693 188
9 College of the Ozarks 527 28 727
10 Rockhurst University 528 950 227
11 Westminster College 462 695 470
12 Drury University 336 834 756
13 University of Missouri Kansas City 176 603 1,178
14 Central Christian College of the Bible 157 78 1,405
15 Maryville University of Saint Louis 568 1,408 333
16 Lindenwood University 641 410 1,045
17 Missouri State University Springfield 309 1,243 695
18 University of Missouri St Louis 837 866 825
19 Evangel University 640 985 799
20 William Woods University 686 835 869
21 St Louis College of Pharmacy 244 867 1,771
22 Northwest Missouri State University 731 949 912
23 Central Bible College 229 1,497 755
24 Cox College 1,463 517 32
25 Southeast Missouri State University 643 1,215 1,008
26 Avila University 1,040 433 1,143
27 Central Methodist University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 1,106 567 1,111
28 Missouri Baptist University 930 321 1,476
29 Southwest Baptist University 761 1,353 947
30 Culver Stockton College 1,096 489 1,177
31 Ozark Christian College 642 1,498 1,236
32 University of Central Missouri 1,464 984 868
33 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 461 1,478 1,770
34 Saint Louis Christian College 1,478 85 1,620
35 Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary 1,178 1,462 1,110
36 Fontbonne University 1,468 1,352 1,112
37 Missouri Valley College 1,474 242 1,514
38 Hannibal LaGrange University 1,469 602 1,235
39 Missouri Southern State University 1,473 1,418 1,378
40 Park University 1,476 1,259 1,237
41 Messenger College 1,822 1,361 1,649

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.