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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
51 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 29 25 203
52 Boston University 59 65 92
53 Babson College 106 59 55
54 College of William and Mary 65 127 48
55 Kenyon College 69 110 73
56 Oberlin College 77 111 67
57 Northeastern University 37 70 184
58 Lehigh University 88 67 76
59 University of Rochester 55 109 111
60 University of California San Diego 101 105 89
61 Villanova University 89 125 58
62 Trinity College 92 106 81
63 Bucknell University 97 91 47
64 Case Western Reserve University 39 102 174
65 Lafayette College 87 92 68
66 Macalester College 61 167 71
67 Reed College 49 124 151
68 University of Richmond 71 104 112
69 University of California Santa Barbara 115 97 140
70 The University of Texas at Austin 70 126 136
71 Skidmore College 120 66 103
72 Occidental College 80 175 106
73 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 47 197 102
74 University of Maryland College Park 58 215 120
75 George Washington University 82 161 129
76 University of California Irvine 173 129 88
77 University of Miami 93 121 170
78 University of Florida 116 176 101
79 Rhode Island School of Design 164 96 78
80 Stevens Institute of Technology 63 205 163
81 Soka University of America 132 135 80
82 Trinity University 112 139 155
83 Pepperdine University 122 151 127
84 University of California Davis 149 187 114
85 Bentley University 136 203 65
86 Jewish Theological Seminary of America 83 345 7
87 St Olaf College 118 191 95
88 SUNY at Binghamton 84 156 191
89 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo 133 114 211
90 Denison University 140 133 164
91 University of Washington Seattle Campus 99 233 156
92 American University 176 83 180
93 University of Connecticut 124 249 107
94 Santa Clara University 81 364 90
95 Ohio State University 78 264 150
96 Fordham University 107 231 173
97 Clemson University 131 242 154
98 Whitman College 145 330 87
99 University of Tulsa 86 147 341
100 Emerson College 157 227 130

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.