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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 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 56 91 19
2 Washington and Lee University 57 62 49
3 College of William and Mary 52 137 48
4 University of Richmond 75 103 112
5 Virginia Military Institute 292 334 322
6 Christopher Newport University 289 615 486
7 Eastern Mennonite University 505 583 406
8 James Madison University 348 908 137
9 Liberty University 447 61 994
10 University of Mary Washington 376 970 280
11 Roanoke College 414 937 321
12 George Mason University 290 1,176 450
13 Randolph Macon College 448 584 568
14 Bridgewater College 746 373 594
15 Virginia Commonwealth University 415 1,178 772
16 Emory and Henry College 708 849 595
17 Randolph College 579 1,249 488
18 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 160 880 124
19 University of Lynchburg 709 667 811
20 Southern Virginia University 617 229 1,530
21 Hampton University 994 704 714
22 Longwood University 897 969 567
23 Old Dominion University 665 1,270 889
24 Shenandoah University 710 1,328 1,061
25 Regent University 578 1,175 1,390
26 Averett University 1,083 469 1,188
27 Mary Baldwin College 854 1,484 925
28 Virginia Wesleyan College 965 1,359 959
29 Averett University Non Traditional Programs 1,859 232 283
30 Marymount University 855 1,379 958
31 The University of Virginia's College at Wise 898 1,105 1,256
32 Ferrum College 1,144 907 1,431
33 Bluefield College 1,084 1,268 1,320
34 Virginia State University 1,180 1,427 1,221
35 Norfolk State University 1,191 1,269 1,391
36 Virginia Union University 1,745 182 1,467
37 Virginia Intermont College 1,053 1,469 1,519
38 Radford University 1,742 1,177 676

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.