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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 Stanford University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Stanford University 10 2 9
2 Pomona College 22 11 11
3 California Institute of Technology 1 7 69
4 University of California Berkeley 21 35 51
5 Claremont McKenna College 41 10 39
6 Harvey Mudd College 5 22 99
7 University of Southern California 34 36 53
8 University of California Los Angeles 44 40 52
9 University of California San Diego 58 121 89
10 University of California Santa Barbara 94 122 140
11 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo 107 81 211
12 Pepperdine University 146 131 127
13 Occidental College 68 235 106
14 Santa Clara University 84 266 90
15 Soka University of America 122 144 80
16 University of California Irvine 144 164 88
17 University of California Davis 143 187 114
18 University of San Diego 162 314 212
19 Loyola Marymount University 145 379 177
20 Chapman University 172 377 257
21 University of California Santa Cruz 188 474 239
22 San Diego State University 327 112 386
23 University of the Pacific 173 711 307
24 Thomas Aquinas College 108 977 308
25 Point Loma Nazarene University 254 794 258
26 Biola University 326 672 267
27 University of San Francisco 255 852 286
28 Westmont College 204 1,205 178
29 California State University Long Beach 510 98 719
30 California Lutheran University 384 642 433
31 University of California Riverside 419 710 356
32 University of La Verne 623 265 597
33 University of Redlands 420 976 285
34 Azusa Pacific University 622 558 453
35 California State Polytechnic University Pomona 509 506 853
36 The Master's College and Seminary 350 1,204 410
37 Saint Marys College of California 512 1,134 513
38 Woodbury University 673 712 779
39 Concordia University Irvine 511 675 814
40 San Jose State University 556 357 1,000
41 King's University 775 441 895
42 Whittier College 625 795 681
43 California State University Fullerton 671 262 854
44 Menlo College 624 165 1,343
45 Pacific Union College 715 246 1,033
46 Pitzer College 1,248 25 128
47 California State University Chico 751 674 570
48 William Jessup University 584 914 720
49 California Baptist University 750 641 679
50 San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus 1,124 217 408

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.