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The Best Colleges in America Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in the United States as ranked by CollegeSimply. 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 the 2019 ranking as the best college in the United States is Yale University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in America
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Yale University 2 5 1
2 Harvard University 4 1 2
3 Princeton University 11 3 6
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 8 6 21
5 University of Chicago 3 12 28
6 Brown University 13 11 15
7 Stanford University 25 2 9
8 University of Pennsylvania 20 14 8
9 Williams College 9 33 12
10 Pomona College 26 9 11
11 Duke University 23 18 18
12 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 15 27 10
13 Northwestern University 16 13 17
14 Amherst College 17 23 4
15 Johns Hopkins University 7 22 41
16 Columbia University in the City of New York 12 7 24
17 California Institute of Technology 1 8 69
18 Dartmouth College 18 16 13
19 Vanderbilt University 14 20 37
20 Swarthmore College 24 19 14
21 Rice University 5 42 38
22 Claremont McKenna College 31 15 39
23 Washington University in St Louis 10 41 23
24 University of Notre Dame 35 45 3
25 Cornell University 22 26 25
26 Georgetown University 32 39 16
27 Carleton College 28 49 22
28 Harvey Mudd College 6 29 99
29 Tufts University 21 32 56
30 Haverford College 30 47 36
31 University of Southern California 41 37 53
32 Carnegie Mellon University 19 56 75
33 Wellesley College 27 54 31
34 Barnard College 45 34 33
35 Colby College 43 40 40
36 University of California Berkeley 57 43 51
37 University of California Los Angeles 73 35 52
38 Emory University 33 52 54
39 Middlebury College 40 44 59
40 Davidson College 64 46 35
41 Grinnell College 36 87 64
42 Colgate University 46 80 34
43 Vassar College 48 64 45
44 University of Virginia Main Campus 51 76 19
45 Hamilton College 38 63 60
46 University of Michigan 44 74 57
47 Washington and Lee University 56 57 49
48 Boston College 53 98 42
49 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 68 65 61
50 Brandeis University 60 113 43

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.