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
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%
3
Swarthmore College
United States
17%
11
Haverford College
United States
23.5%
19
Northwestern University
United States
13%
27
United States Naval Academy
United States
35
Barnard College
United States
20.5%
43
Oberlin College
United States
31.3%
51
Colorado College
United States
22%
59
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
16.7%
67
Johns Hopkins University
United States
15%
75
Wheaton College
United States
65%
83
Trinity College
United States
30%
91
DePauw University
United States
61.5%
99
Sarah Lawrence College
United States
62%
107
Indiana University, Bloomington
United States
74.4%
115
Lewis & Clark College
United States
66%
123
University of Redlands
United States
67%
131
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States
43.6%
139
University of Denver
United States
68%
147
Tulane University
United States
26.0%
155
Ohio State University, Columbus
United States
55.5%
163
Clemson University
United States
57.2%
171
Hampden-Sydney College
United States
55%
179
Wabash College
United States
67%
187
University of Portland
United States
64%
195
Baylor University
United States
57.5%
4
Princeton University
United States
7.4%
12
University of Pennsylvania
United States
10%
20
Columbia University
United States
6.9%
28
Georgetown University
United States
17.1%
36
Boston College
United States
34%
44
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
18.2%
52
Harvey Mudd College
United States
13.6%
60
Bates College
United States
24%
68
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
United States
62%
76
University of Texas, Austin
United States
40.2%
84
Connecticut College
United States
32%
92
Earlham College
United States
68%
100
Furman University
United States
77.5%
108
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
United States
44.4%
116
University of California, Santa Barbara
United States
36.1%
124
College of the Atlantic
United States
64%
132
Trinity University
United States
61%
140
University of Vermont
United States
77.0%
148
Grove City College
United States
76%
156
Creighton University
United States
77%
164
University of Connecticut
United States
44.7%
172
Hope College
United States
82%
180
New College of Florida
United States
56%
188
James Madison University
United States
60.5%
196
Bentley University
United States
43%

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