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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 University of Chicago.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Chicago 3 8 28
2 Northwestern University 18 17 17
3 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 45 530 117
4 Illinois Wesleyan University 87 483 118
5 Illinois Institute of Technology 111 447 437
6 Wheaton College 88 1,111 70
7 Bradley University 262 828 213
8 Loyola University Chicago 238 915 290
9 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 261 510 540
10 North Central College 487 512 438
11 Lewis University 356 511 458
12 University of St Francis 721 284 460
13 Trinity Christian College 331 830 439
14 Trinity International University 427 531 662
15 Eureka College 354 680 412
16 Dominican University 387 647 459
17 Elmhurst College 486 887 289
18 Monmouth College 788 338 632
19 University of Illinois at Springfield 561 682 514
20 University of Illinois at Chicago 263 942 721
21 Northern Illinois University 678 339 660
22 Concordia University Chicago 719 300 541
23 Millikin University 829 646 413
24 Olivet Nazarene University 386 1,076 661
25 Greenville College 828 482 785
26 Quincy University 516 716 860
27 Robert Morris University Illinois 1,342 52 172
28 Eastern Illinois University 1,331 250 571
29 Rockford College 357 387 1,420
30 Judson University 300 979 902
31 McKendree University 720 770 722
32 Augustana College 1,327 337 198
33 Roosevelt University 560 916 1,004
34 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 627 1,045 1,069
35 Lincoln Christian University 1,090 361 1,129
36 Illinois State University 1,334 1,331 268
37 Chicago State University 207 481 1,572
38 Blackburn College 1,181 385 935
39 Lake Forest College 1,336 448 326
40 North Park University 515 1,415 786
41 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 917 1,332 788
42 Western Illinois University 1,347 513 749
43 Knox College 1,335 681 171
44 Saint Xavier University 1,003 980 787
45 Moody Bible Institute 1,340 594 358
46 Illinois College 1,333 386 631
47 Hebrew Theological College 355 1,383 1,666
48 DePaul University 1,329 829 388
49 MacMurray College 1,156 428 1,311
50 Aurora University 916 1,312 1,068

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.