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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 Whitman College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Whitman College 76 335 87
2 University of Washington Seattle Campus 120 230 156
3 Gonzaga University 187 761 113
4 Seattle University 202 971 281
5 Whitworth University 251 1,344 157
6 Pacific Lutheran University 320 1,069 407
7 Western Washington University 349 1,232 256
8 Seattle Pacific University 321 1,310 237
9 Walla Walla University 377 616 926
10 Washington State University 554 909 381
11 The Evergreen State College 479 1,459 742
12 Central Washington University 580 1,153 677
13 Northwest University 480 1,413 890
14 Saint Martin's University 581 1,437 960
15 University of Washington Bothell Campus 506 1,155 1,828
16 Eastern Washington University 856 1,436 1,025
17 University of Washington Tacoma Campus 772 1,252 1,829
18 University of Puget Sound 1,755 1,133 255
19 Cornish College of the Arts 1,749 555 1,062

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.