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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 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 20 14 8
2 Swarthmore College 24 19 14
3 Haverford College 30 46 36
4 Carnegie Mellon University 19 54 75
5 Lehigh University 88 67 76
6 Villanova University 89 125 58
7 Bucknell University 97 91 47
8 Lafayette College 87 92 68
9 Muhlenberg College 201 267 85
10 Penn State Main Campus 202 299 77
11 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus 98 502 166
12 Allegheny College 237 738 152
13 University of the Sciences 284 523 427
14 Ursinus College 258 1,044 153
15 Duquesne University 359 859 247
16 Drexel University 163 1,072 342
17 Messiah College 257 1,022 232
18 University of Scranton 333 962 194
19 Elizabethtown College 331 930 165
20 Saint Joseph's University 311 1,024 209
21 Arcadia University 437 562 503
22 Saint Vincent College 571 563 250
23 Westminster College 531 861 234
24 Philadelphia University 570 501 613
25 Lebanon Valley College 438 890 248
26 DeSales University 486 929 319
27 Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary 569 992 208
28 Geneva College 529 767 343
29 Eastern University 611 682 376
30 Lycoming College 612 622 300
31 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 572 768 346
32 Saint Francis University 487 995 447
33 Penn State Harrisburg 387 1,222 478
34 Penn State Dubois 654 1,223 558
35 Penn State Erie Behrend College 439 1,316 402
36 Gannon University 528 1,099 401
37 Misericordia University 568 1,075 446
38 Wilkes University 532 964 615
39 York College Pennsylvania 657 798 560
40 Cedar Crest College 731 580 876
41 Penn State Mont Alto 784 961 803
42 Wilson College 975 477 768
43 Robert Morris University 616 1,191 587
44 Widener University Main Campus 705 651 736
45 Delaware Valley University 732 681 703
46 Point Park University 656 650 877
47 Marywood University 935 960 504
48 University of Pittsburgh Bradford 785 381 950
49 University of Pittsburgh Johnstown 704 994 586
50 Penn State Beaver 613 1,129 985

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.