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Institutional Characteristics

Next table compares basic academic information between Forbes Top 50. By school type, There are 8 public and 28 private schools in Forbes Top 50. By school level, all 36 Forbes Top 50 are 4 years or high institutes.

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Academic Comparison - Forbes Top 50
NameLocationType/LevelHighest DegreeOffered Degree
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Pomona College Claremont, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
United States Air Force Academy USAFA, CO Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
Yale University New Haven, CT Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Georgetown University Washington, DC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
University of Chicago Chicago, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Northwestern University Evanston, IL Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
Amherst College Amherst, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Harvard University Cambridge, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Tufts University Medford, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Wellesley College Wellesley, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
Williams College Williamstown, MA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's degree Bachelor, Master
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Public, 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Princeton University Princeton, NJ Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Colgate University Hamilton, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's degree Bachelor, Master
Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Master, Doctorate
United States Military Academy West Point, NY Public, 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's degree Bachelor, Master
Davidson College Davidson, NC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Bachelor
Duke University Durham, NC Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Master's degree Bachelor
Brown University Providence, RI Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Rice University Houston, TX Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA Public, 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Western Washington University Bellingham, WA Public, 4 or more years Master's degree Certificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
Stanford University Stanford, CA Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more years Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
Southern California Institute of Technology Anaheim, CA Private (for-profit), 4 or more years Bachelor's degree Certificate, Associate, Bachelor

Key Facts Comparison

The average tuition & fees of Forbes Top 50 is $43,178 for in-state students and $47,235 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance ratio is 17.12% and graduation rate is 91.66%. Next table compares key facts for each schools including acceptance rate, graduation rate, tuition, student to faculty ratio, and student population.

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Key Facts Comparison - Forbes Top 50
NameTuition & FeesAcceptance RateGraduation RateStudent Faculty RatioStudent Population
University of California-Berkeley$13,509 / $40,19117%92%17%38,189
University of California-Los Angeles$12,920 / $39,60217%91%16%41,908
Pomona College$49,35210%94%7%1,663
United States Air Force Academy$0 / -17%79%8%4,111
Yale University$49,4807%97%6%12,385
Georgetown University$50,54717%94%11%18,459
University of Chicago$52,4918%92%6%15,391
Northwestern University$50,85513%93%7%21,655
University of Notre Dame$49,68520%97%10%12,292
Bowdoin College$49,90015%93%9%1,799
United States Naval Academy-$1 / -9%86%8%4,525
Amherst College$52,47614%95%8%1,795
Boston College$51,29629%92%14%14,354
Harvard University$47,0746%98%7%29,652
Massachusetts Institute of Technology$48,4528%92%3%11,331
Tufts University$52,43016%93%9%11,137
Wellesley College$48,80230%93%7%2,510
Williams College$51,79018%96%7%2,171
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$15,310 / $47,00426%90%12%43,651
Dartmouth College$51,43811%94%7%6,350
Princeton University$45,3007%97%5%8,138
Colgate University$51,95527%90%9%2,861
Columbia University in the City of New York$49,9737%95%6%28,086
Weill Cornell Medical College----1,037
United States Military Academy$0 / -10%83%7%4,348
Vassar College$53,09026%91%8%2,435
Davidson College$48,37622%93%10%1,784
Duke University$51,26511%95%7%15,984
University of Pennsylvania$51,46410%95%6%24,876
Swarthmore College$49,10412%94%8%1,581
Brown University$51,3669%96%9%9,458
Rice University$43,91816%91%6%6,719
University of Virginia-Main Campus$15,164 / $45,99730%93%15%23,883
Western Washington University$7,653 / $21,56782%71%18%15,332
Stanford University$47,9405%94%11%16,980
Southern California Institute of Technology$17,335-79%20%559
Average$1,349 / $1,4760.50%2.62%0.26%354
***All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education. Tuition and costs are based on 2016-2017 data and other data is from 2015-2016 data.