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The Best Colleges in Kansas Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Kansas as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Kansas 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 Kansas is McPherson College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Kansas
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 McPherson College 679 259 1,002
2 University of Saint Mary 764 283 1,129
3 Newman University 296 621 1,486
4 Tabor College 1,109 354 788
5 MidAmerica Nazarene University 591 696 1,067
6 Friends University 802 258 1,485
7 Wichita State University 343 1,465 1,102
8 Central Christian College of Kansas 920 146 1,168
9 Kansas Wesleyan University 1,026 386 1,128
10 Sterling College 1,077 333 933
11 University of Kansas 1,366 1,445 512
12 Baker University 954 1,308 686
13 Manhattan Christian College 1,127 622 1,258
14 Benedictine College 1,359 1,518 661
15 Bethany College 1,108 719 1,127
16 Bethel College North Newton 1,360 428 787
17 Ottawa University Ottawa 1,050 1,125 969
18 Southwestern College 1,139 1,519 632
19 Pittsburg State University 1,368 1,322 902
20 Emporia State University 1,363 1,218 1,101
21 Barclay College 1,365 720 1,169
22 Kansas State University 1,367 1,464 662
23 Fort Hays State University 1,364 1,360 1,194
24 Cleveland Chiropractic College 1,462 1,133 1,758
25 Central Baptist Theological Seminary 1,361 1,570 1,739

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.