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.

Rankingsort descending Institution Country Previous ranking Acceptance rate
101
Southern Methodist University
United States
53.8%
102
Skidmore College
United States
37%
103
Gettysburg College
United States
40%
104
Pitzer College
United States
13%
105
Providence College
United States
60%
106
Lawrence University
United States
53%
107
Indiana University, Bloomington
United States
74.4%
108
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
United States
44.4%
109
Saint Olaf College
United States
53%
110
Hampshire College
United States
71%
111
Kalamazoo College
United States
69%
112
Pepperdine University
United States
37%
113
University of California, Davis
United States
41.3%
114
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States
16%
115
Lewis & Clark College
United States
66%
116
University of California, Santa Barbara
United States
36.1%
117
Virginia Tech
United States
70%
118
University of Colorado, Boulder
United States
88.0%
119
Purdue University, West Lafayette
United States
60.0%
120
Yeshiva University
United States
84.0%
121
Muhlenberg College
United States
43%
122
George Washington University
United States
34.4%
123
University of Redlands
United States
67%
124
College of the Atlantic
United States
64%
125
Bennington College
United States
72%
126
University of California, San Diego
United States
36.8%
127
Case Western Reserve University
United States
54.3%
128
University of Miami
United States
40.5%
129
Virginia Military Institute
United States
46%
130
Willamette University
United States
41%
131
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States
43.6%
132
Trinity University
United States
61%
133
Juniata College
United States
71%
134
American University
United States
41.6%
135
University of Delaware
United States
56.6%
136
College of Wooster
United States
61%
137
Texas A&M University, College Station
United States
69.2%
138
Saint Lawrence University
United States
43%
139
University of Denver
United States
68%
140
University of Vermont
United States
77.0%
141
University of Utah
United States
82.6%
142
Presbyterian College
United States
67%
143
Drake University
United States
65.9%
144
University of California, Irvine
United States
35.4%
145
Ohio Wesleyan University
United States
73.6%
146
Clark University
United States
68%
147
Tulane University
United States
26.0%
148
Grove City College
United States
76%
149
Knox College
United States
72%
150
Fordham University
United States
47%
151
Saint Michael's College
United States
78%
152
Hendrix College
United States
83%
153
Colorado School of Mines
United States
45.0%
154
Bard College
United States
35.2%
155
Ohio State University, Columbus
United States
55.5%
156
Creighton University
United States
77%
157
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
United States
31.3%
158
Syracuse University
United States
49.5%
159
Thomas Aquinas College
United States
79%
160
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
United States
49%
161
Westmont College
United States
61%
162
Saint John's College (MD)
United States
81%
163
Clemson University
United States
57.2%
164
University of Connecticut
United States
44.7%
165
Beloit College
United States
67%
166
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
United States
54.8%
167
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
United States
46.9%
168
College of New Jersey
United States
46%
169
Michigan State University
United States
68.7%
170
Loyola University Maryland
United States
63%
171
Hampden-Sydney College
United States
55%
172
Hope College
United States
82%
173
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
United States
57%
174
SUNY, Binghamton (Binghamton University)
United States
42.9%
175
Wheaton College
United States
62%
176
Miami University, Oxford
United States
66.7%
177
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
United States
61%
178
Hillsdale College
United States
179
Wabash College
United States
67%
180
New College of Florida
United States
56%
181
University of Puget Sound
United States
52%
182
Elon University
United States
54%
183
Loyola Marymount University
United States
50.2%
184
Transylvania University
United States
83%
185
University of New Hampshire
United States
77%
186
University of South Carolina, Columbia
United States
64.4%
187
University of Portland
United States
64%
188
James Madison University
United States
60.5%
189
Saint Anselm College
United States
74%
190
Louisiana State University
United States
75.0%
191
Saint Louis University
United States
64.0%
192
University of Iowa
United States
78.4%
193
Ursinus College
United States
70%
194
College of the Ozarks
United States
9%
195
Baylor University
United States
57.5%
196
Bentley University
United States
43%
197
Southwestern University
United States
52.2%
198
University of Pittsburgh
United States
54.5%
199
Manhattan College
United States
66%
200
University of Wyoming
United States
95.7%

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