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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 Duke University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Duke University 14 19 18
2 Davidson College 66 47 35
3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 72 75 61
4 North Carolina State University at Raleigh 126 274 264
5 Elon University 216 545 122
6 University of North Carolina School of the Arts 280 396 613
7 Laurel University 248 150 555
8 Appalachian State University 278 780 422
9 University of North Carolina at Wilmington 249 898 374
10 University of North Carolina at Asheville 279 1,023 524
11 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 401 609 760
12 Western Carolina University 694 178 876
13 Piedmont International University 571 60 984
14 Gardner Webb University 736 346 703
15 Catawba College 807 256 733
16 Queens University of Charlotte 602 1,222 525
17 East Carolina University 648 839 582
18 Wingate University 650 841 763
19 Mount Olive College 570 273 1,047
20 University of North Carolina at Greensboro 649 955 761
21 Barton College 980 177 982
22 Campbell University 647 1,170 702
23 Wake Forest University 1,591 89 66
24 Greensboro College 1,073 126 1,213
25 Pfeiffer University 1,045 211 1,048
26 Methodist University 841 414 1,243
27 North Carolina A & T State University 1,074 395 1,183
28 Mars Hill University 981 466 1,269
29 Montreat College 940 570 1,334
30 St. Andrews University 1,136 435 1,114
31 Elizabeth City State University 1,148 465 1,080
32 Johnson C Smith University 1,169 225 1,295
33 Mid Atlantic Christian University 1,142 244 1,500
34 William Peace University 1,044 628 1,315
35 North Carolina Wesleyan College 1,012 610 1,563
36 Livingstone College 1,196 272 1,478
37 Winston Salem State University 1,161 629 1,184
38 Lenoir Rhyne University 808 840 983
39 Fayetteville State University 1,149 520 1,427
40 Guilford College 1,587 569 554
41 Chowan University 1,183 464 1,444
42 Belmont Abbey College 806 1,456 1,268
43 North Carolina Central University 1,160 749 1,270
44 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 1,075 956 1,348
45 Brevard College 1,586 190 1,333
46 Saint Augustines College 1,194 928 1,554
47 Shaw University 1,590 291 1,501
48 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 1,072 1,505 1,787
49 Lees McRae College 1,589 627 1,540
50 Warren Wilson College 1,592 1,193 1,049

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.