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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 Emory University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Emory University 35 64 54
2 Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus 36 69 158
3 University of Georgia 134 382 116
4 Berry College 259 591 630
5 Mercer University 189 796 539
6 North Georgia College & State University 385 427 748
7 Savannah College of Art and Design 425 886 436
8 Georgia State University 451 508 969
9 Georgia Southern University 424 678 968
10 Covenant College 174 1,440 817
11 Oglethorpe University 298 1,137 933
12 Georgia College & State University 330 1,253 684
13 Brenau University 1,001 123 1,067
14 LaGrange College 785 480 932
15 Piedmont College 787 446 1,003
16 Kennesaw State University 483 592 1,168
17 Toccoa Falls College 827 384 934
18 Southern Polytechnic State University 299 1,110 1,344
19 Shorter University 863 563 971
20 Young Harris College 677 406 1,736
21 Emmanuel College 861 169 1,309
22 Columbus State University 783 360 1,419
23 Valdosta State University 914 679 1,104
24 Point University 1,061 315 1,228
25 Albany State University 1,115 299 1,166
26 Fort Valley State University 1,155 68 1,368
27 Augusta State University 826 405 1,560
28 University of West Georgia 1,062 509 1,229
29 Paine College 1,193 65 1,489
30 Macon State College 1,031 248 1,550
31 Georgia Southwestern State University 912 768 1,434
32 Reinhardt University 862 1,292 970
33 Savannah State University 1,184 316 1,435
34 Life University 1,030 1,382 781
35 Armstrong State University 825 1,136 1,401
36 Clark Atlanta University 1,130 885 1,167
37 Clayton State University 1,317 168 1,488
38 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 911 715 1,730
39 Gordon College 1,131 383 1,734
40 Thomas University 1,321 249 1,657
41 Gainesville State College 784 1,475 1,733
42 Truett McConnell College 913 1,364 1,627
43 Luther Rice University 1,294 1,005 1,643
44 College of Coastal Georgia 1,089 1,428 1,732
45 Middle Georgia College 1,320 1,273 1,735
46 Herzing University Atlanta 1,319 1,441 1,608
47 Shorter University College of Adult & Professional Programs 1,855 669 1,568

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.