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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in as ranked by CollegeSimply. This ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. 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 is Hendrix College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Hendrix College 100 1,083 237
2 University of Arkansas 317 658 566
3 John Brown University 241 971 384
4 Harding University 318 836 450
5 Ouachita Baptist University 366 806 451
6 Lyon College 453 590 849
7 Arkansas State University Main Campus 501 659 1,254
8 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 836 743 1,337
9 University of Central Arkansas 835 1,326 1,186
10 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 752 938 1,564
11 University of the Ozarks 671 1,301 994
12 Henderson State University 905 1,082 1,408
13 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1,094 236 1,540
14 Central Baptist College 986 716 1,320
15 Williams Baptist College 1,226 536 1,321
16 Arkansas Tech University 1,222 1,414 1,094
17 Ecclesia College 1,838 422 1,277

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.