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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2019

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 the 2019 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 12 28
2 Northwestern University 16 13 17
3 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 42 545 117
4 Illinois Wesleyan University 125 511 118
5 Illinois Institute of Technology 102 369 436
6 North Central College 228 371 437
7 Wheaton College 103 1,239 70
8 Loyola University Chicago 245 811 289
9 University of Illinois at Springfield 341 320 511
10 Bradley University 294 808 213
11 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 195 778 537
12 Lewis University 464 370 457
13 University of St Francis 405 319 459
14 Millikin University 371 631 412
15 Elmhurst College 548 809 288
16 Olivet Nazarene University 465 668 658
17 Dominican University 587 632 458
18 University of Illinois at Chicago 207 1,007 718
19 Eureka College 720 543 411
20 North Park University 633 372 783
21 McKendree University 760 547 719
22 Trinity Christian College 588 1,172 438
23 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 208 974 1,065
24 Trinity International University 881 945 659
25 Monmouth College 1,024 688 629
26 Concordia University Chicago 759 943 538
27 Judson University 722 810 899
28 Benedictine University 992 544 898
29 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 507 1,328 785
30 Northern Illinois University 1,338 342 657
31 Quincy University 798 689 857
32 Eastern Illinois University 1,329 318 568
33 Greenville College 914 666 782
34 Saint Xavier University 634 944 784
35 Augustana College 1,325 469 198
36 Lake Forest College 1,333 341 325
37 Illinois State University 1,331 1,304 267
38 Western Illinois University 1,343 489 746
39 Blackburn College 1,166 487 932
40 Lincoln Christian University 1,104 546 1,125
41 Robert Morris University Illinois 1,339 690 172
42 Roosevelt University 1,150 779 1,001
43 Rockford College 1,105 239 1,414
44 Knox College 1,332 841 171
45 Illinois College 1,330 396 628
46 Moody Bible Institute 1,336 667 357
47 MacMurray College 880 488 1,307
48 DePaul University 1,327 840 387
49 Methodist College of Nursing 1,335 117 1,733
50 VanderCook College of Music 1,342 1,491 1,033

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.