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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 Vanderbilt University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Vanderbilt University 9 20 37
2 Rhodes College 118 401 220
3 Union University 184 633 533
4 Bryan College 129 195 673
5 Lipscomb University 233 581 484
6 Aquinas College 168 159 1,275
7 The University of Tennessee 286 1,066 485
8 Belmont University 285 1,173 350
9 Johnson University 346 258 740
10 Milligan College 477 757 430
11 Maryville College 612 502 741
12 Tennessee Technological University 443 759 885
13 Lincoln Memorial University 745 310 921
14 The University of Tennessee Martin 503 758 956
15 Carson Newman College 705 632 1,056
16 Trevecca Nazarene University 613 903 711
17 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences 1,704 400 449
18 Lee University 476 1,309 920
19 University of Memphis 550 468 1,276
20 Middle Tennessee State University 551 816 1,058
21 Memphis College of Art 549 151 1,411
22 Christian Brothers University 1,705 349 809
23 Tennessee Wesleyan College 891 582 1,087
24 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 442 1,103 1,251
25 Freed Hardeman University 849 1,445 884
26 Cumberland University 1,020 293 1,355
27 East Tennessee State University 662 1,396 1,086
28 Sewanee The University of the South 1,712 215 86
29 Bethel University 951 756 1,410
30 Visible Music College 416 1,472 1,588
31 Tusculum College 992 965 1,277
32 Austin Peay State University 704 1,343 1,354
33 Watkins College of Art Design & Film 507 1,460 1,307
34 Fisk University 1,080 1,102 1,057
35 Lane College 1,708 309 1,356
36 King College 1,707 329 1,186
37 O'More College of Design 1,711 817 1,804
38 Hiwassee College 1,139 1,426 1,803
39 Le Moyne Owen College 1,709 1,507 1,625

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.