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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2018

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 our 2018 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 106 1,041 238
2 University of Arkansas 324 619 569
3 Ouachita Baptist University 383 738 452
4 Harding University 325 823 451
5 John Brown University 253 1,042 385
6 Lyon College 670 940 852
7 Arkansas State University Main Campus 382 822 1,258
8 Ecclesia College 449 163 1,281
9 Central Baptist College 1,125 588 1,324
10 Henderson State University 995 709 1,414
11 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 859 186 1,546
12 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 822 792 1,341
13 University of Central Arkansas 903 1,347 1,190
14 Williams Baptist College 1,221 557 1,325
15 University of the Ozarks 996 1,291 997
16 Arkansas Tech University 1,217 640 1,098
17 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 749 1,346 1,570

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.