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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 Wisconsin Madison.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Wisconsin Madison 77 375 125
2 Lawrence University 93 636 197
3 Beloit College 121 850 210
4 Milwaukee School of Engineering 142 735 652
5 Marquette University 234 1,250 138
6 Ripon College 555 707 305
7 Saint Norbert College 322 1,180 306
8 Carthage College 619 851 596
9 Wisconsin Lutheran College 293 1,360 489
10 Carroll University 582 911 650
11 University of Wisconsin Whitewater 748 821 743
12 Viterbo University 1,056 637 928
13 Concordia University Wisconsin 1,764 635 621
14 University of Wisconsin La Crosse 1,774 972 352
15 Edgewood College 900 1,037 845
16 Lakeland College 1,100 424 1,160
17 Cardinal Stritch University 858 1,200 716
18 University of Wisconsin Eau Claire 1,772 1,106 431
19 University of Wisconsin Green Bay 1,773 938 717
20 University of Wisconsin Stevens Point 1,783 1,181 536
21 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 1,775 708 892
22 University of Wisconsin River Falls 1,782 912 847
23 University of Wisconsin Platteville 1,781 1,154 813
24 University of Wisconsin Stout 1,778 1,329 773
25 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 1,780 939 1,223
26 Marian University 1,766 1,071 812
27 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 1,767 585 651
28 University of Wisconsin Superior 1,779 1,038 1,093
29 Northland College 1,770 402 962
30 University of Wisconsin Parkside 1,776 617 1,484
31 Silver Lake College of the Holy Family 1,771 425 1,161
32 Maranatha Baptist Bible College 1,765 791 846
33 Herzing University Madison 1,777 1,251 1,092
34 Northland International University 1,769 1,470 891
35 Herzing University Kenosha 1,873 1,513 1,859
36 Herzing University Brookfield 1,874 1,514 1,860

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.