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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 Columbia University in the City of New York.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Columbia University in the City of New York 12 7 24
2 Cornell University 22 26 25
3 Colgate University 46 77 34
4 Vassar College 48 61 45
5 Hamilton College 38 60 60
6 New York University 54 78 82
7 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 29 25 203
8 University of Rochester 55 109 111
9 Skidmore College 120 66 103
10 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 47 197 102
11 Jewish Theological Seminary of America 83 345 7
12 SUNY at Binghamton 84 156 191
13 Fordham University 107 231 173
14 St Lawrence University 162 260 147
15 Syracuse University 184 241 148
16 Stony Brook University 110 180 369
17 Sarah Lawrence College 109 346 297
18 Yeshiva University 96 578 104
19 Rochester Institute of Technology 139 435 443
20 Hobart William Smith Colleges 218 617 217
21 State University of New York at New Paltz 381 208 318
22 New York School of Interior Design 890 100 83
23 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 279 324 396
24 Clarkson University 217 676 260
25 University at Buffalo 380 436 276
26 Pratt Institute Main 307 434 499
27 SUNY at Geneseo 280 854 133
28 The King's College 289 174 846
29 Polytechnic Institute of New York University 108 703 728
30 The New School 252 557 520
31 Hofstra University 251 618 605
32 Le Moyne College 426 619 261
33 SUNY at Albany 379 378 444
34 SUNY College at Oswego 481 379 640
35 Saint John Fisher College 480 644 244
36 SUNY College at Cortland 604 261 370
37 Manhattan College 429 957 262
38 St John's University New York 430 734 608
39 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 351 1,064 337
40 Roberts Wesleyan College 479 760 419
41 Canisius College 378 1,036 367
42 Adelphi University 424 883 395
43 Houghton College 235 1,344 338
44 SUNY College at Brockport 694 347 397
45 SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome 308 559 976
46 Alfred University 559 575 548
47 Saint Bonaventure University 522 819 474
48 SUNY College at Oneonta 649 497 371
49 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 183 85 472
50 SUNY College at Plattsburgh 650 348 577

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.