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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 Middlebury College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Middlebury College 40 43 59
2 University of Vermont 188 713 265
3 Champlain College 286 965 506
4 College of St Joseph 1,040 389 1,056
5 Castleton State College 903 1,162 990
6 Bennington College 1,725 440 378
7 Johnson State College 1,015 1,285 1,446
8 Lyndon State College 742 1,457 1,424
9 Norwich University 1,729 656 710
10 Saint Michael's College 1,730 1,251 123
11 Vermont Technical College 1,733 582 1,251
12 Marlboro College 1,728 1,458 404
13 Green Mountain College 1,727 1,046 1,086
14 Sterling College 1,732 1,410 885
15 Southern Vermont College 1,731 1,350 1,591

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.