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
1
Williams College
United States
17%
2
Stanford University
United States
5.1%
3
Swarthmore College
United States
17%
4
Princeton University
United States
7.4%
5
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States
7.7%
6
Yale University
United States
6.3%
7
Harvard University
United States
5.9%
8
Pomona College
United States
12.1%
9
United States Military Academy
United States
9%
10
Amherst College
United States
14%
11
Haverford College
United States
23.5%
12
University of Pennsylvania
United States
10%
13
Brown University
United States
8.6%
14
Bowdoin College
United States
14.9%
15
Wesleyan University
United States
24%
16
Carleton College
United States
25.6%
17
University of Notre Dame
United States
21.2%
18
Dartmouth College
United States
11.5%
19
Northwestern University
United States
13%
20
Columbia University
United States
6.9%
21
California Institute of Technology
United States
8.0%
22
Davidson College
United States
21.6%
23
Duke University
United States
10.8%
24
University of Chicago
United States
8.4%
25
Tufts University
United States
17.4%
26
Vassar College
United States
22.8%
27
United States Naval Academy
United States
28
Georgetown University
United States
17.1%
29
Wellesley College
United States
29%
30
Middlebury College
United States
17.3%
31
Cornell University
United States
14%
32
Rice University
United States
14%
33
Washington and Lee University
United States
18%
34
United States Air Force Academy
United States
9.9%
35
Barnard College
United States
20.5%
36
Boston College
United States
34%
37
University of California, Berkeley
United States
17%
38
Colgate University
United States
26.2%
39
Colby College
United States
29%
40
University of Virginia
United States
30%
41
College of William and Mary
United States
33%
42
Kenyon College
United States
24.6%
43
Oberlin College
United States
31.3%
44
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
18.2%
45
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
United States
32.2%
46
Reed College
United States
36%
47
Whitman College
United States
53%
48
Lafayette College
United States
34%
49
Smith College
United States
43%
50
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
United States
29%
51
Colorado College
United States
22%
52
Harvey Mudd College
United States
13.6%
53
College of the Holy Cross
United States
54
Vanderbilt University
United States
13.1%
55
Hamilton College
United States
27%
56
Franklin and Marshall College
United States
39.3%
57
Union College
United States
37%
58
Grinnell College
United States
27%
59
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
16.7%
60
Bates College
United States
24%
61
Wake Forest University
United States Minor Outlying Islands
34%
62
University of Rochester
United States
35.3%
63
Washington University in Saint Louis
United States
64
Cooper Union
United States
8%
65
Bryn Mawr College
United States
39.9%
66
Macalester College
United States
67
Johns Hopkins University
United States
15%
68
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
United States
62%
69
Scripps College
United States
36%
70
University of Wisconsin, Madison
United States
51.1%
71
Villanova University
United States
45.6%
72
New York University
United States
34%
73
University of Washington
United States
55%
74
Brandeis University
United States
35%
75
Wheaton College
United States
65%
76
University of Texas, Austin
United States
40.2%
77
Lehigh University
United States
31%
78
University of Southern California
United States
17.8%
79
Brigham Young University
United States
49%
80
Occidental College
United States
39.4%
81
Centre College
United States
71%
82
University of Maryland, College Park
United States
47%
83
Trinity College
United States
30%
84
Connecticut College
United States
32%
85
Wofford College
United States
65%
86
Santa Clara University
United States
51.2%
87
University of Florida
United States
39%
88
Dickinson College
United States
44%
89
Boston University
United States
34%
90
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
33%
91
DePauw University
United States
61.5%
92
Earlham College
United States
68%
93
Rhodes College
United States
94
University of Georgia
United States
54.7%
95
Denison University
United States
48%
96
University of Richmond
United States
31%
97
Mount Holyoke College
United States
47%
98
Sewanee—University of the South
United States
61%
99
Sarah Lawrence College
United States
62%
100
Furman University
United States
77.5%

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