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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 Kenyon College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Kenyon College 69 110 73
2 Oberlin College 77 111 67
3 Case Western Reserve University 39 102 174
4 Denison University 140 133 164
5 Ohio State University 78 264 150
6 The College of Wooster 142 419 219
7 Miami University 141 737 134
8 University of Dayton 254 855 231
9 Cedarville University 185 821 340
10 Ohio Northern University 255 680 423
11 Xavier University 436 926 192
12 Cleveland Institute of Art 355 380 612
13 Franciscan University of Steubenville 282 1,186 299
14 University of Cincinnati Main Campus 200 988 582
15 Capital University 433 763 524
16 Otterbein University 256 990 500
17 Ohio University Main Campus 383 925 424
18 Hiram College 609 620 398
19 The University of Findlay 563 959 701
20 Kettering College of Medical Arts 85 80 1,784
21 Walsh University 565 1,070 553
22 Bluffton University 1,060 281 581
23 Marietta College 524 708 831
24 John Carroll University 857 1,245 277
25 Bowling Green State University Main Campus 483 885 611
26 Ashland University 699 923 523
27 University of Mount Union 610 1,126 422
28 Malone University 858 679 583
29 College of Mount St. Joseph 780 886 584
30 Lake Erie College 930 500 762
31 Youngstown State University 525 621 1,331
32 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 893 1,019 642
33 Wilmington College 384 1,219 832
34 Heidelberg University 929 989 702
35 Art Academy of Cincinnati 965 219 1,077
36 Ohio Dominican University 564 1,020 949
37 Kent State University at Kent 523 1,297 874
38 University of Toledo 435 1,403 1,013
39 Muskingum University 966 924 733
40 Defiance College 1,185 418 830
41 University of Akron Main Campus 329 1,390 1,267
42 Shawnee State University 434 764 1,559
43 Ursuline College 700 1,391 734
44 Wright State University Main Campus 356 1,454 1,210
45 Cleveland Institute of Music 1,599 198 374
46 Cleveland State University 562 1,333 1,440
47 Wilberforce University 1,176 265 1,441
48 Central State University 1,197 263 1,535
49 Wittenberg University 1,633 856 278
50 Notre Dame College 967 1,312 982

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.