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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 Vanderbilt University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Vanderbilt University 14 20 37
2 Rhodes College 111 313 220
3 Lipscomb University 223 504 482
4 Union University 238 506 530
5 The University of Tennessee 262 1,025 483
6 Belmont University 261 1,131 349
7 Aquinas College 260 157 1,271
8 Bryan College 573 383 670
9 Tennessee Technological University 445 625 882
10 Maryville College 830 284 738
11 Milligan College 706 711 429
12 Trevecca Nazarene University 575 800 708
13 Fisk University 389 220 1,053
14 Middle Tennessee State University 574 478 1,054
15 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 1,697 382 448
16 King College 828 312 1,182
17 Lee University 443 1,249 917
18 Watkins College of Art Design & Film 749 185 1,303
19 Lincoln Memorial University 829 653 918
20 Carson Newman College 827 710 1,052
21 Christian Brothers University 1,698 357 806
22 Johnson University 442 1,466 737
23 Freed Hardeman University 789 1,430 881
24 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 444 1,193 1,247
25 Tennessee Wesleyan College 1,012 505 1,083
26 Cumberland University 739 384 1,351
27 East Tennessee State University 658 1,248 1,082
28 Sewanee The University of the South 1,705 243 86
29 University of Memphis 492 1,250 1,272
30 The University of Tennessee Martin 1,707 565 953
31 Memphis College of Art 1,703 385 1,405
32 Austin Peay State University 618 1,334 1,350
33 Visible Music College 339 1,510 1,581
34 Tusculum College 1,065 1,317 1,273
35 Lane College 1,700 270 1,352
36 Hiwassee College 1,089 624 1,794
37 O'More College of Design 1,704 93 1,795
38 Bethel University 1,136 1,407 1,404
39 Martin Methodist College 1,702 1,481 919
40 Le Moyne Owen College 1,701 1,506 1,618

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.