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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 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 8 6 24
2 Cornell University 28 29 25
3 Vassar College 39 74 45
4 Colgate University 55 86 34
5 Hamilton College 48 71 60
6 New York University 49 101 82
7 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 50 209 102
8 Skidmore College 153 87 103
9 SUNY at Binghamton 91 175 191
10 Fordham University 114 224 173
11 Jewish Theological Seminary of America 79 463 7
12 Yeshiva University 116 326 104
13 Stony Brook University 115 176 370
14 Sarah Lawrence College 90 343 298
15 Syracuse University 198 345 148
16 Hobart William Smith Colleges 125 491 217
17 Rochester Institute of Technology 152 411 444
18 University at Buffalo 230 519 277
19 SUNY at Geneseo 178 748 133
20 State University of New York at New Paltz 400 198 319
21 Pratt Institute Main 197 492 502
22 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 247 393 397
23 Clarkson University 214 779 261
24 The New School 215 544 523
25 The King?s College 235 184 849
26 Le Moyne College 364 697 262
27 Polytechnic Institute of New York University 80 746 731
28 Hofstra University 246 606 608
29 SUNY at Purchase College 469 210 671
30 Manhattan College 365 873 263
31 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 275 805 338
32 SUNY College at Oneonta 534 367 372
33 SUNY at Albany 497 392 445
34 SUNY College at Oswego 468 413 643
35 SUNY College at Plattsburgh 366 325 580
36 Adelphi University 363 837 396
37 St John's University New York 467 626 611
38 SUNY College at Cortland 601 344 371
39 SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica Rome 154 660 979
40 Houghton College 277 1,122 339
41 Saint John Fisher College 569 699 245
42 Saint Bonaventure University 533 731 476
43 SUNY at Fredonia 691 607 478
44 Canisius College 438 1,089 368
45 SUNY College at Brockport 690 412 398
46 SUNY Maritime College 367 495 981
47 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 151 95 474
48 New York School of Interior Design 840 116 83
49 Alfred University 600 625 551
50 Roberts Wesleyan College 532 698 420

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.