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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 91.97%. 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%40,154
University of California-Los Angeles$12,920 / $39,60217%91%16%43,548
Pomona College$49,35210%97%7%1,563
United States Air Force Academy$0 / -17%83%8%4,237
Yale University$49,4807%98%6%12,458
Georgetown University$50,54717%94%11%18,525
University of Chicago$52,4918%94%6%15,775
Northwestern University$50,85513%94%7%21,823
University of Notre Dame$49,68520%95%10%12,393
Bowdoin College$49,90015%94%9%1,806
United States Naval Academy-$1 / -9%-8%4,528
Amherst College$52,47614%93%8%1,849
Boston College$51,29629%93%14%14,466
Harvard University$47,0746%97%7%29,908
Massachusetts Institute of Technology$48,4528%93%3%11,376
Tufts University$52,43016%92%9%11,489
Wellesley College$48,80230%91%7%2,482
Williams College$51,79018%94%7%2,150
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$15,310 / $47,00426%91%12%44,718
Dartmouth College$51,43811%97%7%6,409
Princeton University$45,3007%97%5%8,181
Colgate University$51,95527%90%9%2,890
Columbia University in the City of New York$49,9737%94%6%29,372
Weill Cornell Medical College----1,070
United States Military Academy$0 / -10%86%7%4,389
Vassar College$53,09026%91%8%2,424
Davidson College$48,37622%95%10%1,796
Duke University$51,26511%95%7%15,735
University of Pennsylvania$51,46410%95%6%24,960
Swarthmore College$49,10412%94%8%1,543
Brown University$51,3669%96%9%9,781
Rice University$43,91816%93%6%6,855
University of Virginia-Main Campus$15,164 / $45,99730%94%15%23,898
Western Washington University$7,653 / $21,56782%69%18%15,574
Stanford University$47,9405%94%11%17,184
Southern California Institute of Technology$17,335-71%20%571
Average$1,349 / $1,4760.50%2.71%0.26%361
***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.