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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 Oberlin College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Oberlin College 60 79 67
2 Kenyon College 67 76 73
3 Case Western Reserve University 43 117 174
4 Denison University 101 212 164
5 Ohio State University 81 398 150
6 The College of Wooster 128 498 219
7 Miami University 127 700 134
8 University of Dayton 281 548 231
9 Cedarville University 166 809 341
10 Ohio Northern University 282 662 424
11 Xavier University 440 810 192
12 Franciscan University of Steubenville 179 1,126 300
13 Cleveland Institute of Art 340 571 615
14 Capital University 471 808 527
15 University of Cincinnati Main Campus 199 1,025 585
16 Otterbein University 341 931 503
17 Marietta College 313 572 834
18 John Carroll University 404 1,223 278
19 Ohio University Main Campus 405 990 425
20 Hiram College 983 397 399
21 Ashland University 499 899 526
22 University of Mount Union 737 1,060 423
23 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 472 957 645
24 Bowling Green State University Main Campus 572 1,024 614
25 Walsh University 739 1,093 556
26 Ohio Dominican University 984 347 952
27 Malone University 942 930 586
28 The University of Findlay 982 929 704
29 University of Toledo 368 1,420 1,016
30 Bluffton University 1,601 307 584
31 Muskingum University 695 1,061 736
32 Heidelberg University 842 1,124 705
33 Kent State University at Kent 536 1,264 877
34 College of Mount St. Joseph 604 1,317 587
35 Defiance College 1,076 496 833
36 Lake Erie College 1,046 630 765
37 Youngstown State University 810 750 1,335
38 Art Academy of Cincinnati 1,599 96 1,081
39 Ursuline College 738 1,357 737
40 Wright State University Main Campus 369 1,431 1,214
41 University of Akron Main Campus 470 1,443 1,271
42 Cleveland Institute of Music 1,606 275 375
43 Wilberforce University 1,143 142 1,447
44 Cleveland State University 535 1,304 1,446
45 Baldwin Wallace College 1,600 547 299
46 Mount Carmel College of Nursing 1,621 1,125 400
47 Central State University 1,190 191 1,541
48 Wilmington College 1,098 1,305 835
49 Lourdes University 766 1,340 1,480
50 Cincinnati Christian University 881 1,391 1,148

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.