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 rankingsort descending Acceptance rate
7
Harvard University
United States
5.9%
15
Wesleyan University
United States
24%
23
Duke University
United States
10.8%
31
Cornell University
United States
14%
39
Colby College
United States
29%
47
Whitman College
United States
53%
55
Hamilton College
United States
27%
63
Washington University in Saint Louis
United States
71
Villanova University
United States
45.6%
79
Brigham Young University
United States
49%
87
University of Florida
United States
39%
95
Denison University
United States
48%
103
Gettysburg College
United States
40%
111
Kalamazoo College
United States
69%
119
Purdue University, West Lafayette
United States
60.0%
127
Case Western Reserve University
United States
54.3%
135
University of Delaware
United States
56.6%
143
Drake University
United States
65.9%
151
Saint Michael's College
United States
78%
159
Thomas Aquinas College
United States
79%
167
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
United States
46.9%
175
Wheaton College
United States
62%
183
Loyola Marymount University
United States
50.2%
191
Saint Louis University
United States
64.0%
199
Manhattan College
United States
66%
8
Pomona College
United States
12.1%
16
Carleton College
United States
25.6%
24
University of Chicago
United States
8.4%
32
Rice University
United States
14%
40
University of Virginia
United States
30%
48
Lafayette College
United States
34%
56
Franklin and Marshall College
United States
39.3%
64
Cooper Union
United States
8%
72
New York University
United States
34%
80
Occidental College
United States
39.4%
88
Dickinson College
United States
44%
96
University of Richmond
United States
31%
104
Pitzer College
United States
13%
112
Pepperdine University
United States
37%
120
Yeshiva University
United States
84.0%
128
University of Miami
United States
40.5%
136
College of Wooster
United States
61%
144
University of California, Irvine
United States
35.4%
152
Hendrix College
United States
83%
160
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
United States
49%
168
College of New Jersey
United States
46%
176
Miami University, Oxford
United States
66.7%
184
Transylvania University
United States
83%
192
University of Iowa
United States
78.4%
200
University of Wyoming
United States
95.7%
1
Williams College
United States
17%
9
United States Military Academy
United States
9%
17
University of Notre Dame
United States
21.2%
25
Tufts University
United States
17.4%
33
Washington and Lee University
United States
18%
41
College of William and Mary
United States
33%
49
Smith College
United States
43%
57
Union College
United States
37%
65
Bryn Mawr College
United States
39.9%
73
University of Washington
United States
55%
81
Centre College
United States
71%
89
Boston University
United States
34%
97
Mount Holyoke College
United States
47%
105
Providence College
United States
60%
113
University of California, Davis
United States
41.3%
121
Muhlenberg College
United States
43%
129
Virginia Military Institute
United States
46%
137
Texas A&M University, College Station
United States
69.2%
145
Ohio Wesleyan University
United States
73.6%
153
Colorado School of Mines
United States
45.0%
161
Westmont College
United States
61%
169
Michigan State University
United States
68.7%
177
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
United States
61%
185
University of New Hampshire
United States
77%
193
Ursinus College
United States
70%
2
Stanford University
United States
5.1%
10
Amherst College
United States
14%
18
Dartmouth College
United States
11.5%
26
Vassar College
United States
22.8%
34
United States Air Force Academy
United States
9.9%
42
Kenyon College
United States
24.6%
50
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
United States
29%
58
Grinnell College
United States
27%
66
Macalester College
United States
74
Brandeis University
United States
35%
82
University of Maryland, College Park
United States
47%
90
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
33%
98
Sewanee—University of the South
United States
61%
106
Lawrence University
United States
53%
114
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States
16%
122
George Washington University
United States
34.4%
130
Willamette University
United States
41%
138
Saint Lawrence University
United States
43%
146
Clark University
United States
68%
154
Bard College
United States
35.2%
162
Saint John's College (MD)
United States
81%
170
Loyola University Maryland
United States
63%
178
Hillsdale College
United States
186
University of South Carolina, Columbia
United States
64.4%
194
College of the Ozarks
United States
9%

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