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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 Scripps College 66 103 62
52 New York University 54 81 82
53 Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus 34 58 158
54 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 29 25 203
55 Boston University 59 68 92
56 Babson College 106 61 55
57 College of William and Mary 65 132 48
58 Kenyon College 69 115 73
59 Northeastern University 37 73 184
60 Oberlin College 77 116 67
61 Lehigh University 88 70 76
62 Bryn Mawr College 50 144 74
63 University of Rochester 55 114 111
64 University of California San Diego 101 110 89
65 Villanova University 89 130 58
66 Trinity College 92 111 81
67 Bucknell University 97 94 47
68 Case Western Reserve University 39 107 174
69 Lafayette College 87 95 68
70 Reed College 49 129 151
71 Macalester College 61 174 71
72 University of Richmond 71 109 112
73 University of California Santa Barbara 115 101 140
74 The University of Texas at Austin 70 131 136
75 Skidmore College 120 69 103
76 Occidental College 80 182 106
77 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 47 204 102
78 University of Maryland College Park 58 222 120
79 George Washington University 82 168 129
80 University of California Irvine 173 134 88
81 University of Miami 93 126 170
82 Rhode Island School of Design 164 100 78
83 University of Florida 116 183 101
84 Stevens Institute of Technology 63 212 163
85 Soka University of America 132 140 80
86 Trinity University 112 145 155
87 Pepperdine University 122 157 127
88 Mount Holyoke College 67 318 93
89 University of California Davis 149 194 114
90 Bentley University 136 210 65
91 St Olaf College 118 198 95
92 Jewish Theological Seminary of America 83 357 7
93 SUNY at Binghamton 84 163 191
94 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo 133 119 211
95 Denison University 140 138 164
96 American University 176 86 180
97 University of Washington Seattle Campus 99 240 156
98 University of Connecticut 124 257 107
99 Santa Clara University 81 376 90
100 Ohio State University 78 272 150

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.