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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 41 38
22 Claremont McKenna College 31 15 39
23 Washington University in St Louis 10 40 23
24 University of Notre Dame 35 44 3
25 Georgetown University 32 38 16
26 Cornell University 22 26 25
27 Carleton College 28 48 22
28 Harvey Mudd College 6 29 99
29 Tufts University 21 32 56
30 Haverford College 30 46 36
31 University of Southern California 41 36 53
32 Carnegie Mellon University 19 54 75
33 Colby College 43 39 40
34 University of California Berkeley 57 42 51
35 University of California Los Angeles 73 34 52
36 Emory University 33 51 54
37 Middlebury College 40 43 59
38 Davidson College 64 45 35
39 Grinnell College 36 84 64
40 Colgate University 46 77 34
41 Vassar College 48 61 45
42 University of Virginia Main Campus 51 73 19
43 Hamilton College 38 60 60
44 University of Michigan 44 71 57
45 Washington and Lee University 56 55 49
46 Boston College 53 95 42
47 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 68 62 61
48 Brandeis University 60 108 43
49 New York University 54 78 82
50 Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus 34 56 158

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.