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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 Middlebury College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Middlebury College 40 34 59
2 University of Vermont 186 819 266
3 Champlain College 288 847 509
4 Castleton State College 896 1,434 993
5 Bennington College 1,731 554 379
6 Southern Vermont College 1,111 614 1,598
7 Marlboro College 1,735 734 405
8 Saint Michael's College 1,737 1,068 123
9 Johnson State College 963 1,435 1,452
10 Lyndon State College 964 1,468 1,430
11 Norwich University 1,736 848 713
12 College of St Joseph 1,738 503 1,060
13 Green Mountain College 1,734 1,132 1,090
14 Goddard College 1,733 438 1,812
15 Sterling College 1,739 1,446 888
16 Vermont Technical College 1,740 1,327 1,255

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.