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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 Colby College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Colby College 43 39 40
2 University of Maine 411 1,361 543
3 University of New England 553 1,114 633
4 Bowdoin College 1,385 28 30
5 Bates College 1,384 52 29
6 Maine Maritime Academy 684 1,090 311
7 College of the Atlantic 1,383 722 273
8 University of Southern Maine 766 1,176 1,370
9 Husson University 1,028 1,010 1,285
10 University of Maine at Farmington 1,387 1,175 572
11 Saint Joseph's College of Maine 1,391 1,091 688
12 Maine College of Art 1,390 723 1,132
13 University of Maine at Fort Kent 1,029 1,450 1,369
14 Unity College 1,393 1,309 970
15 New England School of Communications 1,788 534 1,447
16 University of Maine at Presque Isle 1,389 1,424 1,432

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.