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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 Dartmouth College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Dartmouth College 20 18 13
2 Saint Anselm College 339 1,021 244
3 University of New Hampshire Main Campus 397 1,020 201
4 University of New Hampshire at Manchester 338 836 696
5 Keene State College 875 1,219 640
6 Franklin Pierce University 874 1,166 829
7 Plymouth State University 1,499 1,119 579
8 Thomas More College of Liberal Arts 1,502 1,501 334
9 Southern New Hampshire University 1,498 1,409 521
10 Colby Sawyer College 1,495 1,302 728
11 Rivier College 1,500 870 1,406
12 New Hampshire Institute of Art 1,827 231 1,838
13 New England College 1,497 1,479 1,267
14 Northeast Catholic College 1,496 1,463 1,442

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.