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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 Duke University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Duke University 23 18 18
2 Davidson College 64 45 35
3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 68 62 61
4 North Carolina State University at Raleigh 129 311 263
5 Elon University 219 705 122
6 University of North Carolina School of the Arts 309 101 610
7 University of North Carolina at Wilmington 253 706 373
8 Appalachian State University 352 792 421
9 University of North Carolina at Asheville 382 1,098 521
10 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 353 677 757
11 Gardner Webb University 606 349 700
12 Laurel University 696 218 552
13 Western Carolina University 608 146 873
14 Warren Wilson College 310 1,069 1,045
15 Queens University of Charlotte 607 1,068 522
16 Piedmont International University 818 63 981
17 Catawba College 1,004 181 730
18 Barton College 854 145 979
19 St. Andrews University 698 169 1,110
20 Campbell University 651 1,124 699
21 East Carolina University 695 1,067 579
22 University of North Carolina at Greensboro 697 1,040 758
23 Wake Forest University 1,586 79 66
24 Greensboro College 855 168 1,209
25 Methodist University 816 437 1,239
26 Mount Olive College 1,084 280 1,043
27 Montreat College 817 646 1,330
28 William Peace University 892 476 1,311
29 Johnson C Smith University 1,184 138 1,291
30 Mars Hill University 1,005 459 1,265
31 Pfeiffer University 1,006 678 1,044
32 North Carolina A & T State University 1,034 560 1,179
33 Elizabeth City State University 1,170 499 1,076
34 Wingate University 856 1,389 760
35 Livingstone College 1,194 132 1,472
36 Mid Atlantic Christian University 1,118 351 1,494
37 North Carolina Wesleyan College 1,117 350 1,557
38 Lenoir Rhyne University 730 922 980
39 Winston Salem State University 1,155 707 1,180
40 Chowan University 1,183 498 1,438
41 Belmont Abbey College 815 1,476 1,264
42 Fayetteville State University 1,154 736 1,421
43 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 1,085 1,125 1,344
44 Brevard College 1,581 217 1,329
45 North Carolina Central University 1,143 1,184 1,266
46 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 927 1,218 1,778
47 Saint Augustines College 1,188 985 1,548
48 Shaw University 1,585 352 1,495
49 Guilford College 1,582 1,346 551
50 Lees McRae College 1,584 820 1,534

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.