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 Institutionsort descending Country Previous ranking Acceptance rate
79
Brigham Young University
United States
49%
92
Earlham College
United States
68%
86
Santa Clara University
United States
51.2%
99
Sarah Lawrence College
United States
62%
62
University of Rochester
United States
35.3%
71
Villanova University
United States
45.6%
61
Wake Forest University
United States Minor Outlying Islands
34%
63
Washington University in Saint Louis
United States
134
American University
United States
41.6%
10
Amherst College
United States
14%
154
Bard College
United States
35.2%
35
Barnard College
United States
20.5%
60
Bates College
United States
24%
195
Baylor University
United States
57.5%
165
Beloit College
United States
67%
125
Bennington College
United States
72%
196
Bentley University
United States
43%
36
Boston College
United States
34%
89
Boston University
United States
34%
14
Bowdoin College
United States
14.9%
74
Brandeis University
United States
35%
13
Brown University
United States
8.6%
65
Bryn Mawr College
United States
39.9%
21
California Institute of Technology
United States
8.0%
157
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
United States
31.3%
16
Carleton College
United States
25.6%
59
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
16.7%
127
Case Western Reserve University
United States
54.3%
81
Centre College
United States
71%
146
Clark University
United States
68%
163
Clemson University
United States
57.2%
39
Colby College
United States
29%
38
Colgate University
United States
26.2%
168
College of New Jersey
United States
46%
124
College of the Atlantic
United States
64%
53
College of the Holy Cross
United States
194
College of the Ozarks
United States
9%
41
College of William and Mary
United States
33%
136
College of Wooster
United States
61%
51
Colorado College
United States
22%
153
Colorado School of Mines
United States
45.0%
20
Columbia University
United States
6.9%
84
Connecticut College
United States
32%
64
Cooper Union
United States
8%
31
Cornell University
United States
14%
156
Creighton University
United States
77%
18
Dartmouth College
United States
11.5%
22
Davidson College
United States
21.6%
95
Denison University
United States
48%
91
DePauw University
United States
61.5%
88
Dickinson College
United States
44%
143
Drake University
United States
65.9%
23
Duke University
United States
10.8%
182
Elon University
United States
54%
150
Fordham University
United States
47%
56
Franklin and Marshall College
United States
39.3%
100
Furman University
United States
77.5%
122
George Washington University
United States
34.4%
28
Georgetown University
United States
17.1%
90
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
33%
103
Gettysburg College
United States
40%
58
Grinnell College
United States
27%
148
Grove City College
United States
76%
55
Hamilton College
United States
27%
171
Hampden-Sydney College
United States
55%
110
Hampshire College
United States
71%
7
Harvard University
United States
5.9%
52
Harvey Mudd College
United States
13.6%
11
Haverford College
United States
23.5%
152
Hendrix College
United States
83%
178
Hillsdale College
United States
160
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
United States
49%
172
Hope College
United States
82%
107
Indiana University, Bloomington
United States
74.4%
188
James Madison University
United States
60.5%
67
Johns Hopkins University
United States
15%
133
Juniata College
United States
71%
111
Kalamazoo College
United States
69%
42
Kenyon College
United States
24.6%
149
Knox College
United States
72%
48
Lafayette College
United States
34%
106
Lawrence University
United States
53%
77
Lehigh University
United States
31%
115
Lewis & Clark College
United States
66%
190
Louisiana State University
United States
75.0%
183
Loyola Marymount University
United States
50.2%
170
Loyola University Maryland
United States
63%
66
Macalester College
United States
199
Manhattan College
United States
66%
5
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States
7.7%
176
Miami University, Oxford
United States
66.7%
169
Michigan State University
United States
68.7%
30
Middlebury College
United States
17.3%
97
Mount Holyoke College
United States
47%
121
Muhlenberg College
United States
43%
180
New College of Florida
United States
56%
72
New York University
United States
34%
167
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
United States
46.9%
19
Northwestern University
United States
13%
43
Oberlin College
United States
31.3%

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