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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 Grinnell College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Grinnell College 36 84 64
2 Coe College 210 411 308
3 Drake University 179 746 215
4 Cornell College 197 635 291
5 Luther College 271 636 309
6 Dordt College 230 843 540
7 Northwestern College 409 721 389
8 University of Iowa 153 1,258 270
9 Iowa State University 104 1,305 326
10 University of Northern Iowa 154 1,113 358
11 Emmaus Bible College 549 451 859
12 Central College 510 784 461
13 Simpson College 511 1,203 310
14 Clarke University 843 571 539
15 Wartburg College 763 1,009 462
16 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 270 490 1,342
17 Saint Ambrose University 1,358 514 493
18 Buena Vista University 842 597 685
19 Morningside College 1,355 397 631
20 Mount Mercy University 1,356 430 541
21 Loras College 678 1,421 569
22 Graceland University Lamoni 1,076 412 817
23 Upper Iowa University 1,151 413 1,035
24 University of Dubuque 919 907 1,166
25 William Penn University 1,152 373 1,431
26 Iowa Wesleyan College 1,173 295 1,516
27 Grand View University 801 1,382 1,167
28 AIB College of Business 1,350 178 1,737
29 Maharishi University of Management 1,353 1,306 860
30 Mercy College of Health Sciences 1,354 1,433 1,738

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.