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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 Stanford University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Stanford University 25 2 9
2 Pomona College 26 9 11
3 California Institute of Technology 1 8 69
4 Claremont McKenna College 31 15 39
5 Harvey Mudd College 6 29 99
6 University of Southern California 41 36 53
7 University of California Berkeley 57 42 51
8 University of California Los Angeles 73 34 52
9 University of California San Diego 101 105 89
10 University of California Santa Barbara 115 97 140
11 Occidental College 80 175 106
12 University of California Irvine 173 129 88
13 Soka University of America 132 135 80
14 Pepperdine University 122 151 127
15 University of California Davis 149 187 114
16 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo 133 114 211
17 Santa Clara University 81 364 90
18 Loyola Marymount University 151 316 177
19 University of San Diego 174 291 212
20 University of California Santa Cruz 191 306 238
21 Chapman University 150 426 256
22 San Diego State University 291 115 385
23 University of California Riverside 267 425 355
24 University of the Pacific 204 628 306
25 Thomas Aquinas College 134 839 307
26 University of San Francisco 292 662 285
27 Biola University 266 837 266
28 Westmont College 135 1,236 178
29 California State University Long Beach 456 75 716
30 Point Loma Nazarene University 290 972 257
31 Azusa Pacific University 502 481 452
32 University of Redlands 397 939 284
33 California State Polytechnic University Pomona 455 393 850
34 University of La Verne 629 247 594
35 California Lutheran University 454 871 432
36 Concordia University Irvine 582 445 811
37 The Master's College and Seminary 396 661 409
38 William Jessup University 542 663 717
39 Saint Marys College of California 398 1,138 510
40 Whittier College 504 901 678
41 California State University Fullerton 672 222 851
42 Vanguard University of Southern California 909 237 677
43 California State University Chico 714 717 567
44 University of California Merced 751 804 620
45 San Jose State University 543 685 997
46 Pitzer College 1,253 35 128
47 Woodbury University 630 538 776
48 King's University 1,018 333 892
49 Pacific Union College 794 290 1,030
50 Menlo College 754 188 1,339

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.