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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 University of Pennsylvania.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Pennsylvania 15 13 8
2 Swarthmore College 29 24 14
3 Haverford College 33 48 36
4 Carnegie Mellon University 26 51 75
5 Lehigh University 73 72 76
6 Bucknell University 102 90 47
7 Lafayette College 97 80 68
8 Villanova University 74 214 58
9 Muhlenberg College 158 276 85
10 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus 103 418 166
11 Penn State Main Campus 182 436 77
12 University of the Sciences 250 550 428
13 Drexel University 181 993 343
14 Duquesne University 316 960 248
15 Arcadia University 370 631 506
16 Messiah College 231 1,146 232
17 University of Scranton 345 997 194
18 Geneva College 474 876 344
19 Lebanon Valley College 344 1,029 249
20 Saint Joseph's University 317 1,101 209
21 Elizabethtown College 540 934 165
22 Saint Vincent College 543 733 251
23 Saint Francis University 542 753 448
24 DeSales University 473 1,028 320
25 Westminster College 544 964 234
26 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 575 665 347
27 Philadelphia University 657 576 616
28 York College Pennsylvania 609 578 563
29 Penn State Erie Behrend College 371 1,321 403
30 Penn State Harrisburg 372 1,265 480
31 Lycoming College 697 843 301
32 Eastern University 605 575 377
33 Misericordia University 606 961 447
34 The University of the Arts 607 1,065 508
35 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 654 811 426
36 Gannon University 653 1,099 402
37 Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary 699 1,147 208
38 Widener University Main Campus 659 844 739
39 Wilson College 1,017 501 771
40 Delaware Valley University 814 783 706
41 Penn State Hazleton 574 1,195 805
42 Robert Morris University 608 1,150 590
43 University of Pittsburgh Johnstown 658 962 589
44 La Salle University 846 1,064 378
45 Wilkes University 660 1,031 618
46 Point Park University 743 878 880
47 Lancaster Bible College 696 752 918
48 Penn State Lehigh Valley 475 1,307 987
49 University of Pittsburgh Bradford 816 370 953
50 Penn State Shenango 989 902 1,083

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.