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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
101 Fordham University 107 238 173
102 University of Tulsa 86 153 341
103 Clemson University 131 250 154
104 Whitman College 145 341 87
105 Emerson College 157 234 130
106 Southern Methodist University 90 295 222
107 Baylor University 166 154 264
108 Brigham Young University Provo 113 339 175
109 Muhlenberg College 201 275 85
110 St Lawrence University 162 268 147
111 Rhodes College 111 323 220
112 University of Wisconsin Madison 79 405 125
113 Syracuse University 184 249 148
114 University of Georgia 152 380 116
115 Penn State Main Campus 202 308 77
116 Loyola Marymount University 151 327 177
117 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 62 306 295
118 Wheaton College 180 262 185
119 Stony Brook University 110 187 369
120 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 42 565 117
121 University of Dallas 167 252 252
122 Texas Christian University 224 179 235
123 University of San Diego 174 300 212
124 Providence College 221 337 98
125 North Carolina State University at Raleigh 129 321 263
126 University of California Santa Cruz 191 315 238
127 Colorado School of Mines 74 422 286
128 St John's College 76 387 312
129 Florida State University 206 280 223
130 Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 75 533 182
131 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus 98 522 166
132 Sarah Lawrence College 109 358 297
133 Furman University 144 544 79
134 Lawrence University 72 550 197
135 Southwestern University 239 207 253
136 University of Denver 175 464 168
137 The College of Wooster 142 434 219
138 Illinois Wesleyan University 125 531 118
139 Austin College 165 338 221
140 Chapman University 150 442 256
141 Earlham College 117 332 388
142 Illinois Institute of Technology 102 381 436
143 Yeshiva University 96 601 104
144 San Diego State University 291 120 385
145 Purdue University Main Campus 146 458 352
146 University of Massachusetts Amherst 158 471 362
147 The University of Alabama 315 345 382
148 Rochester Institute of Technology 139 451 443
149 University of Delaware 205 589 169
150 Miami University 141 764 134

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.