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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 Colorado School of Mines.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Colorado School of Mines 69 152 287
2 University of Denver 164 358 168
3 University of Colorado Boulder 163 1,044 323
4 Regis University 481 444 492
5 Colorado State University Fort Collins 256 1,074 434
6 University of Colorado Denver 421 559 1,192
7 Colorado College 1,256 32 63
8 University of Colorado Colorado Springs 422 1,402 1,164
9 University of Northern Colorado 557 1,348 1,001
10 Western State Colorado University 675 1,381 1,226
11 Metropolitan State College of Denver 752 644 1,571
12 Fort Lewis College 674 1,380 1,282
13 Colorado Mesa University 779 1,206 1,521
14 Colorado State University Pueblo 908 1,439 1,399
15 Remington College Colorado Springs Campus 1,802 1,156 50
16 Adams State College 907 1,474 1,549
17 Naropa University 1,258 1,487 1,326
18 Johnson & Wales University Denver 1,833 1,271 964

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.