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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 Washington University in St Louis.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Washington University in St Louis 10 40 23
2 Truman State University 95 700 317
3 Saint Louis University Main Campus 127 609 515
4 William Jewell College 421 257 469
5 Kansas City Art Institute 327 699 188
6 College of the Ozarks 418 24 724
7 University of Missouri Columbia 182 1,033 316
8 Webster University 420 377 516
9 Missouri University of Science and Technology 199 1,212 365
10 Rockhurst University 475 850 227
11 Drury University 249 675 753
12 University of Missouri Kansas City 94 608 1,174
13 Maryville University of Saint Louis 348 1,364 332
14 Ozark Christian College 417 278 1,232
15 University of Missouri St Louis 518 980 822
16 William Woods University 422 955 866
17 Missouri State University Springfield 419 1,213 692
18 Westminster College 691 1,332 468
19 Southwest Baptist University 690 881 944
20 St Louis College of Pharmacy 274 851 1,762
21 Northwest Missouri State University 689 918 909
22 Avila University 1,131 143 1,139
23 Central Bible College 347 1,499 752
24 Lindenwood University 888 917 1,041
25 Evangel University 599 1,475 796
26 Culver Stockton College 1,053 399 1,173
27 Central Christian College of the Bible 1,187 49 1,399
28 Missouri Baptist University 996 401 1,470
29 Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary 1,201 916 1,106
30 Central Methodist University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 961 1,435 1,107
31 University of Central Missouri 1,461 1,211 865
32 Southeast Missouri State University 1,475 1,243 1,005
33 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 416 1,425 1,761
34 Cox College 1,460 1,498 32
35 Fontbonne University 1,464 1,363 1,108
36 Hannibal LaGrange University 1,465 400 1,231
37 Missouri Valley College 1,470 376 1,508
38 Park University 1,472 754 1,233
39 Missouri Southern State University 1,469 1,426 1,373
40 Messenger College 1,811 1,081 1,641

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.