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The Best Colleges in America Ranked for 2018

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 our 2018 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 Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus 36 69 158
52 New York University 49 101 82
53 Macalester College 42 133 71
54 College of William and Mary 52 137 48
55 University of California San Diego 58 121 89
56 Lehigh University 73 72 76
57 Northeastern University 31 83 184
58 Boston University 71 82 92
59 Bucknell University 102 90 47
60 Babson College 113 66 55
61 Reed College 51 97 151
62 Case Western Reserve University 43 117 174
63 Lafayette College 97 80 68
64 University of Richmond 75 103 112
65 University of California Santa Barbara 94 122 140
66 Stevens Institute of Technology 65 148 163
67 Villanova University 74 214 58
68 George Washington University 86 153 129
69 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 50 209 102
70 The University of Texas at Austin 83 161 136
71 University of Miami 95 138 170
72 American University 133 67 180
73 Rhode Island School of Design 140 111 78
74 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo 107 81 211
75 Skidmore College 153 87 103
76 University of Maryland College Park 70 269 120
77 Pepperdine University 146 131 127
78 Occidental College 68 235 106
79 Santa Clara University 84 266 90
80 St Olaf College 89 222 95
81 Soka University of America 122 144 80
82 University of California Irvine 144 164 88
83 University of California Davis 143 187 114
84 University of Florida 110 237 101
85 Denison University 101 212 164
86 SUNY at Binghamton 91 175 191
87 Colorado School of Mines 69 152 287
88 Trinity University 119 181 155
89 Whitman College 76 335 87
90 University of Washington Seattle Campus 120 230 156
91 University of Connecticut 132 282 107
92 Fordham University 114 224 173
93 Jewish Theological Seminary of America 79 463 7
94 University of Tulsa 96 136 342
95 Bentley University 193 239 65
96 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 59 206 296
97 Muhlenberg College 158 276 85
98 Southern Methodist University 82 294 222
99 The College of New Jersey 177 290 72
100 Emerson College 147 270 130

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.