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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 Carleton College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Carleton College 28 48 22
2 Macalester College 61 167 71
3 St Olaf College 118 191 95
4 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 62 297 295
5 Concordia College at Moorhead 248 552 315
6 University of Minnesota Morris 126 606 545
7 Martin Luther College 325 815 242
8 Minneapolis College of Art and Design 415 473 296
9 University of St Thomas 214 1,209 226
10 The College of Saint Scholastica 272 728 467
11 Bethel University 159 1,179 241
12 Hamline University 374 752 331
13 St Catherine University 273 789 417
14 Winona State University 215 674 723
15 Augsburg College 414 641 416
16 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 558 607 496
17 University of Minnesota Duluth 326 1,015 690
18 Northwestern College 474 1,386 441
19 Crown College 960 310 819
20 University of Minnesota Rochester 114 315 1,844
21 Minnesota State University Moorhead 687 494 1,040
22 Bethany Lutheran College 473 1,059 751
23 North Central University 160 1,341 1,201
24 University of Minnesota Crookston 846 753 1,004
25 Minnesota State University Mankato 1,445 517 863
26 Saint Cloud State University 644 1,261 941
27 Gustavus Adolphus College 1,444 727 121
28 Southwest Minnesota State University 1,451 553 1,228
29 Bemidji State University 1,442 673 1,138
30 Concordia University Saint Paul 1,443 398 940
31 Oak Hills Christian College 1,450 72 1,492
32 Metropolitan State University 1,446 416 1,452
33 Crossroads College 1,448 1,060 1,491
34 Dunwoody College of Technology 1,452 880 1,757
35 Herzing University Minneapolis 1,447 1,014 1,755

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.