Top Ranked Colleges

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 Brown University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Brown University 16 14 15
2 Rhode Island School of Design 140 111 78
3 Providence College 284 419 98
4 University of Rhode Island 502 935 482
5 Rhode Island College 1,050 998 1,085
6 Bryant University 1,688 754 196
7 Salve Regina University 1,692 787 252
8 Roger Williams University 1,691 1,129 592
9 Johnson & Wales University Providence 1,689 1,323 840

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.