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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 University of Virginia Main Campus.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Virginia Main Campus 51 73 19
2 Washington and Lee University 56 55 49
3 College of William and Mary 65 127 48
4 University of Richmond 71 104 112
5 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 169 801 124
6 Virginia Military Institute 335 358 321
7 James Madison University 391 966 137
8 Eastern Mennonite University 745 390 405
9 Liberty University 452 88 991
10 Roanoke College 495 714 320
11 University of Mary Washington 392 895 279
12 George Mason University 313 1,134 449
13 Randolph Macon College 494 567 565
14 Bridgewater College 743 329 591
15 Hampton University 943 128 711
16 Virginia Commonwealth University 393 1,229 769
17 Emory and Henry College 744 866 592
18 Randolph College 661 1,267 486
19 Virginia Wesleyan College 791 802 956
20 Jefferson College of Health Sciences 790 150 1,639
21 University of Lynchburg 710 967 808
22 Shenandoah University 624 1,194 1,057
23 Old Dominion University 623 1,266 886
24 Regent University 660 1,047 1,384
25 Mary Baldwin College 622 1,431 922
26 Southern Virginia University 1,041 421 1,524
27 Longwood University 870 1,377 564
28 Averett University 1,145 529 1,184
29 Virginia Union University 1,158 209 1,461
30 Marymount University 871 1,378 955
31 The University of Virginia's College at Wise 944 1,048 1,252
32 Averett University Non Traditional Programs 1,849 423 282
33 Ferrum College 1,090 867 1,425
34 Bluefield College 1,070 1,351 1,316
35 Christopher Newport University 1,734 865 484
36 Virginia State University 1,163 1,352 1,217
37 Norfolk State University 1,137 1,335 1,385
38 Radford University 1,735 936 673
39 Virginia Intermont College 1,157 1,467 1,513

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.