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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 West Virginia University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 West Virginia University 666 1,036 649
2 University of Charleston 1,054 351 844
3 Alderson Broaddus College 1,025 183 927
4 West Virginia Wesleyan College 747 1,070 715
5 West Virginia University Institute of Technology 711 374 1,468
6 Davis & Elkins College 966 313 1,321
7 Ohio Valley University 967 668 1,122
8 Bethany College 1,099 705 961
9 Wheeling Jesuit University 968 1,414 510
10 Marshall University 618 1,345 1,091
11 Appalachian Bible College 1,140 350 1,392
12 West Liberty University 1,112 910 1,027
13 Shepherd University 857 1,399 1,026
14 Fairmont State University 1,055 706 1,393
15 Concord University 821 1,179 1,360
16 Glenville State College 1,153 820 1,432
17 Bluefield State College 899 1,233 1,566
18 West Virginia State University 1,085 1,447 1,531

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.



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