05 August 2017

The US business magazine Forbes has published the latest edition of America’s Top Colleges. These rankings, now in their tenth year, take a strict return on investment approach based on measures of output that indicate direct economic benefits for students. It says nothing about research, reputation or teaching quality.

The indicators are:

  • Post-Graduate Success (35%)
  • Debt (20%)
  • Graduation Rate (12.5%)
  • Academic Success (12.5%).

The top tencolleges this year are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Princeton University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Duke university
  9. Brown University
  10. Pomona College.

There also lists for the various regions and for private and public institutions. The top three northeastern colleges are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. Princeton University.

The top three southern colleges are:

  1. Duke University
  2. Rice University
  3. Vanderbilt University.

The top three midwestern colleges are:

  1. University of Chicago
  2. University of Notre Dame
  3. Northwestern University.

The top three western universities are:

  1. Stanford University
  2. Caltech
  3. Pomona College.

The top three public colleges are:

  1. US Naval Academy
  2. US Military Academy
  3. University of California Berkeley.

Source:
Forbes: America’s BestColleges

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