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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 Grinnell College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Grinnell College 27 46 64
2 Coe College 223 303 309
3 Drake University 135 800 215
4 Cornell College 209 858 292
5 Luther College 429 771 310
6 Northwestern College 492 719 390
7 University of Iowa 155 1,236 271
8 Central College 191 919 463
9 Iowa State University 224 1,293 327
10 Dordt College 390 888 543
11 Simpson College 302 1,256 311
12 Emmaus Bible College 1,166 124 862
13 University of Northern Iowa 333 1,208 359
14 Wartburg College 868 772 464
15 Clarke University 921 684 542
16 Loras College 265 1,385 572
17 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 175 718 1,346
18 Buena Vista University 1,091 648 688
19 Morningside College 1,359 450 634
20 Graceland University Lamoni 1,033 268 820
21 Saint Ambrose University 1,361 649 496
22 Mount Mercy University 1,198 597 544
23 Upper Iowa University 1,185 429 1,038
24 Iowa Wesleyan College 833 317 1,522
25 Maharishi University of Management 1,357 318 863
26 William Penn University 1,182 515 1,437
27 University of Dubuque 1,092 1,009 1,170
28 Grand View University 867 1,453 1,171
29 AIB College of Business 1,354 189 1,746
30 Divine Word College 1,356 1,490 1,610

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.