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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 Washington Seattle Campus.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Washington Seattle Campus 99 233 156
2 Whitman College 145 330 87
3 Gonzaga University 189 657 113
4 Seattle University 225 937 280
5 Whitworth University 264 1,321 157
6 Western Washington University 337 1,252 255
7 Pacific Lutheran University 364 968 406
8 Seattle Pacific University 336 1,353 236
9 Washington State University 538 896 380
10 The Evergreen State College 662 1,442 739
11 Northwest University 496 1,459 887
12 Central Washington University 1,016 1,268 674
13 Saint Martin's University 663 1,468 957
14 University of Washington Bothell Campus 498 1,105 1,818
15 Eastern Washington University 1,042 1,441 1,022
16 University of Washington Tacoma Campus 666 1,232 1,819
17 University of Puget Sound 1,746 1,230 254
18 Cornish College of the Arts 1,741 1,286 1,058

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.