Where Can I Find a Listing of the Top 100 Colleges in America?

If you are currently deciding which college you want to attend, you may be looking for a list of top colleges in America. Several well-known publications present annual lists of top 100 college rankings. Continue reading to find out more about where you can find these lists.

Publications Listing the Top 100 Colleges in America

Each year, lists of top 100 colleges in America begin to appear in several publications. Publications listing the top 100 colleges use a wide range of criteria to determine college rankings, from graduation rates to alumni success. The following are the three main publications listing the top 100 colleges in America:

  • U.S. News and World Report
  • The Princeton Review
  • Forbes Magazine

Important Facts About College Rankings

List Costs Free online access may be limited; print copies usually have a fee
Ranking Categories Academics, value, best dorms, best library
Other Considerations Location, class sizes, graduation rates, tuition

Available Listings

The following organizations publish a ranking of the top colleges in the U.S.:

U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report is perhaps the most well-known publication listing the top 100 colleges in America. This news magazine has been publishing an annual top 100 colleges list since the mid-1980s. The 'Best Colleges' list appears each year both in a print issue and on the publication's website (www.usnews.com). The magazine breaks down its rankings into several categories, including best national universities and best graduate schools.

The Princeton Review

Using surveys of students and administrators from over 600 colleges, The Princeton Review, a company offering educational test preparation, compiles a list of 100 'Best Value Colleges'. Ratings are listed in the areas of academics, financial aid and overall costs of each college. Colleges are listed in two separate lists, as either public or private schools. The company publishes these results in a trade paperback format.

Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine began publishing a list of 'America's Best Colleges' in 2008. The list also appears on the magazine's website (www.forbes.com). The rankings of the top 100 colleges in America are based on five criteria. The criteria are: student satisfaction, graduation rate, number of awards bestowed on faculty and students, student loan debt and postgraduate success.

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