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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 Yale University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Yale University 2 3 1
2 University of Connecticut 132 282 107
3 Quinnipiac University 423 1,003 179
4 University of Connecticut Stamford 774 470 653
5 University of Hartford 513 883 657
6 Wesleyan University 1,270 41 27
7 Trinity College 1,269 108 81
8 Connecticut College 1,261 113 100
9 University of Connecticut Tri Campus 773 504 848
10 University of New Haven 585 1,160 747
11 Central Connecticut State University 753 527 966
12 University of Connecticut Avery Point 620 618 963
13 Fairfield University 1,264 560 115
14 Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts 1,266 620 108
15 Sacred Heart University 1,268 445 324
16 Southern Connecticut State University 1,000 645 1,066
17 Eastern Connecticut State University 1,263 476 900
18 University of Bridgeport 1,059 475 1,487
19 Western Connecticut State University 1,271 739 1,193
20 Mitchell College 1,267 1,311 967

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.