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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 Colby College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Colby College 53 44 40
2 Maine Maritime Academy 592 1,012 312
3 University of Maine 431 1,351 546
4 Bowdoin College 1,385 30 30
5 Bates College 1,384 53 29
6 University of New England 565 1,210 636
7 College of the Atlantic 1,383 685 274
8 Saint Joseph's College of Maine 1,036 1,080 691
9 University of Southern Maine 797 1,140 1,375
10 Husson University 796 1,049 1,289
11 University of Maine at Farmington 1,387 1,139 575
12 University of Maine at Fort Kent 1,103 1,161 1,374
13 Unity College 1,392 1,406 973
14 Maine College of Art 1,390 1,279 1,136
15 University of Maine at Presque Isle 1,389 1,298 1,438
16 New England School of Communications 1,798 586 1,453

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.