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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 Harvard University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Harvard University 4 1 2
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6 9 21
3 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 11 16 10
4 Amherst College 19 26 4
5 Williams College 24 42 12
6 Tufts University 32 27 56
7 Boston College 54 94 42
8 Brandeis University 46 107 43
9 Northeastern University 31 83 184
10 Boston University 71 82 92
11 Babson College 113 66 55
12 Bentley University 193 239 65
13 Emerson College 147 270 130
14 University of Massachusetts Amherst 148 538 363
15 University of Massachusetts Lowell 239 566 865
16 Wentworth Institute of Technology 335 863 547
17 Springfield College 681 724 364
18 Emmanuel College 392 861 465
19 Gordon College 359 1,387 225
20 Massachusetts College of Art and Design 525 862 330
21 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 454 1,237 314
22 Western New England University 432 1,143 517
23 Lesley University 524 654 908
24 Massachusetts Maritime Academy 566 1,142 415
25 Eastern Nazarene College 726 723 796
26 Framingham State University 800 687 797
27 University of Massachusetts Boston 453 803 1,201
28 College of the Holy Cross 1,415 140 44
29 Worcester State University 727 864 976
30 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 635 1,050 752
31 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 636 1,015 940
32 The New England Conservatory of Music 1,422 114 183
33 Suffolk University 682 1,239 724
34 Becker College 634 686 1,496
35 Westfield State University 802 1,083 604
36 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1,432 271 200
37 Clark University 1,408 409 143
38 College of Our Lady of the Elms 927 1,014 603
39 Salem State University 801 948 1,138
40 Bridgewater State University 798 1,162 795
41 Fitchburg State University 799 981 974
42 Berklee College of Music 1,403 109 794
43 Wheaton College 1,431 742 185
44 The Boston Conservatory 1,405 240 751
45 Stonehill College 1,430 921 131
46 Wheelock College 1,066 1,240 605
47 Lasell College 926 1,013 975
48 Hampshire College 1,413 653 516
49 Curry College 978 1,336 938
50 Assumption College 1,402 1,082 361

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.