Forbes - America's Top Colleges 2014

In 2008, Forbes.com began publishing an annual list, prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity of "America's Best Colleges". The Forbes rankings use student evaluations fromRateMyProfessors.com, self-reported salaries of alumni from PayScale, four-year graduation rates, numbers of students and faculty receiving "nationally competitive awards," and four-year accumulated student debt to calculate the rankings. The list emphasizes tuition costs, which boosts the ratings of the zero-cost United States Service academies. It disregards public reputation, which causes some colleges to score lower than in other lists. Most recent ranking puts Williams at the top, followed by Stanford, Swarthmore, Princeton, and MIT.

Ranking Institution Country Previous ranking Acceptance ratesort descending
27
United States Naval Academy
United States
53
College of the Holy Cross
United States
93
Rhodes College
United States
63
Washington University in Saint Louis
United States
66
Macalester College
United States
178
Hillsdale College
United States
12
University of Pennsylvania
United States
10%
23
Duke University
United States
10.8%
18
Dartmouth College
United States
11.5%
8
Pomona College
United States
12.1%
19
Northwestern University
United States
13%
104
Pitzer College
United States
13%
54
Vanderbilt University
United States
13.1%
52
Harvey Mudd College
United States
13.6%
31
Cornell University
United States
14%
32
Rice University
United States
14%
10
Amherst College
United States
14%
14
Bowdoin College
United States
14.9%
67
Johns Hopkins University
United States
15%
114
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States
16%
59
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
16.7%
3
Swarthmore College
United States
17%
37
University of California, Berkeley
United States
17%
1
Williams College
United States
17%
28
Georgetown University
United States
17.1%
30
Middlebury College
United States
17.3%
25
Tufts University
United States
17.4%
78
University of Southern California
United States
17.8%
33
Washington and Lee University
United States
18%
44
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
18.2%
35
Barnard College
United States
20.5%
17
University of Notre Dame
United States
21.2%
22
Davidson College
United States
21.6%
51
Colorado College
United States
22%
26
Vassar College
United States
22.8%
11
Haverford College
United States
23.5%
60
Bates College
United States
24%
15
Wesleyan University
United States
24%
42
Kenyon College
United States
24.6%
16
Carleton College
United States
25.6%
147
Tulane University
United States
26.0%
38
Colgate University
United States
26.2%
55
Hamilton College
United States
27%
58
Grinnell College
United States
27%
29
Wellesley College
United States
29%
39
Colby College
United States
29%
50
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
United States
29%
83
Trinity College
United States
30%
40
University of Virginia
United States
30%
77
Lehigh University
United States
31%
96
University of Richmond
United States
31%
43
Oberlin College
United States
31.3%
157
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
United States
31.3%
84
Connecticut College
United States
32%
45
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
United States
32.2%
41
College of William and Mary
United States
33%
90
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
33%
36
Boston College
United States
34%
61
Wake Forest University
United States Minor Outlying Islands
34%
48
Lafayette College
United States
34%
72
New York University
United States
34%
89
Boston University
United States
34%
122
George Washington University
United States
34.4%
74
Brandeis University
United States
35%
154
Bard College
United States
35.2%
62
University of Rochester
United States
35.3%
144
University of California, Irvine
United States
35.4%
69
Scripps College
United States
36%
46
Reed College
United States
36%
116
University of California, Santa Barbara
United States
36.1%
126
University of California, San Diego
United States
36.8%
102
Skidmore College
United States
37%
112
Pepperdine University
United States
37%
57
Union College
United States
37%
87
University of Florida
United States
39%
56
Franklin and Marshall College
United States
39.3%
80
Occidental College
United States
39.4%
65
Bryn Mawr College
United States
39.9%
103
Gettysburg College
United States
40%
76
University of Texas, Austin
United States
40.2%
128
University of Miami
United States
40.5%
130
Willamette University
United States
41%
113
University of California, Davis
United States
41.3%
134
American University
United States
41.6%
174
SUNY, Binghamton (Binghamton University)
United States
42.9%
196
Bentley University
United States
43%
49
Smith College
United States
43%
121
Muhlenberg College
United States
43%
138
Saint Lawrence University
United States
43%
131
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States
43.6%
88
Dickinson College
United States
44%
108
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
United States
44.4%
164
University of Connecticut
United States
44.7%
153
Colorado School of Mines
United States
45.0%
71
Villanova University
United States
45.6%
168
College of New Jersey
United States
46%
129
Virginia Military Institute
United States
46%
167
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
United States
46.9%
150
Fordham University
United States
47%
97
Mount Holyoke College
United States
47%

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