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Top 100 Colleges by Forbes

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The following table compares the basic academic information between Top 100 Colleges by Forbes. By school type, there are 25 public and 75 private schools in Top 100 Colleges by Forbes. By school level, all 100 schools are 4 years or high institutes.
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Academic Comparison - Top 100 Colleges By Forbes
RankNameLocationType/LevelHighest DegreeOffered Degree
1 Harvard UniversityCambridge, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
2 Stanford UniversityStanford, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
3 Yale UniversityNew Haven, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
4 Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
5 Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
6 University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
7 Brown UniversityProvidence, RIPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
8 California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
9 Duke UniversityDurham, NCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
10 Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
11 Cornell UniversityIthaca, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
12 Pomona CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
13 University of California-BerkeleyBerkeley, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
14 Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
15 Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
16 University of ChicagoChicago, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
17 Northwestern UniversityEvanston, ILPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
18 University of Notre DameNotre Dame, INPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
19 Williams CollegeWilliamstown, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
20 University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MIPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
21 Rice UniversityHouston, TXPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
22 Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MDPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
23 Harvey Mudd CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
24 United States Naval AcademyAnnapolis, MDPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
25 Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
26 Bowdoin CollegeBrunswick, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
27 Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
28 Amherst CollegeAmherst, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
29 Claremont McKenna CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
30 University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
31 Washington University in St LouisSaint Louis, MOPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
32 United States Military AcademyWest Point, NYPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
33 University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesville, VAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
34 Tufts UniversityMedford, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
35 New York UniversityNew York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
36 Middlebury CollegeMiddlebury, VTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
37 Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
38 University of California-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
39 Bates CollegeLewiston, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
40 Wesleyan UniversityMiddletown, CTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
41 Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
42 Washington and Lee UniversityLexington, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Doctorate
43 United States Air Force AcademyUSAF Academy, COPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
44 Wellesley CollegeWellesley, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
45 University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NCPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
46 Colgate UniversityHamilton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
47 William & MaryWilliamsburg, VAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
48 Davidson CollegeDavidson, NCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
49 Haverford CollegeHaverford, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
50 Barnard CollegeNew York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
51 Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
52 Carleton CollegeNorthfield, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
53 United States Coast Guard AcademyNew London, CTPublic, 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
54 Pitzer CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
55 Emory UniversityAtlanta, GAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
56 Wake Forest UniversityWinston-Salem, NCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
57 Lafayette CollegeEaston, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
58 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtNew York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
59 Hamilton CollegeClinton, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
60 Scripps CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor, Post-Graduate
61 Vassar CollegePoughkeepsie, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
62 Babson CollegeWellesley, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
63 University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park, MDPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
64 University of Washington-Seattle CampusSeattle, WAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
65 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusAtlanta, GAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
66 United States Merchant Marine AcademyKings Point, NYPublic, 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
67 Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
68 University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, ILPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
69 University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison, WIPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
70 University of FloridaGainesville, FLPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
71 Kenyon CollegeGambier, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
72 Villanova UniversityVillanova, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
73 Bucknell UniversityLewisburg, PAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
74 Boston UniversityBoston, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
75 Colby CollegeWaterville, MEPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
76 The University of Texas at AustinAustin, TXPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
77 College of the Holy CrossWorcester, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
78 George Washington UniversityWashington, DCPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
79 University of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate
80 Grinnell CollegeGrinnell, IAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
81 Smith CollegeNorthampton, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
82 University of RochesterRochester, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
83 University of RichmondUniversity of Richmond, VAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
84 University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
85 Oberlin CollegeOberlin, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Post-Graduate
86 Macalester CollegeSaint Paul, MNPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
87 University of California-IrvineIrvine, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
88 University of California-DavisDavis, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
89 Whitman CollegeWalla Walla, WAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
90 University of MiamiCoral Gables, FLPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
91 Southern Methodist UniversityDallas, TXPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
92 Colorado CollegeColorado Springs, COPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
93 Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
94 Colorado School of MinesGolden, COPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
95 Brigham Young University-ProvoProvo, UTPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
96 Brandeis UniversityWaltham, MAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
97 Yeshiva UniversityNew York, NYPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeAssociate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
98 University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MNPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
99 University of GeorgiaAthens, GAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeCertificate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
100 Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, OHPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
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Key Facts Comparison

The average tuition & fees of Top 100 Colleges by Forbes is $42,713 for State residents and $53,796 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 25.83% and graduation rate is 90.20%. The following 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 Between Top 100 Colleges By Forbes
RankNameTuition & FeesAcceptance RateGraduation RateStudent Faculty RatioStudent Population
1 Harvard University $55,587 5% 98% 7:130,391
2 Stanford University $56,169 5% 95% 5:115,953
3 Yale University $59,950 7% 96% 6:112,060
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $55,878 7% 96% 3:111,254
5 Princeton University $56,010 6% 98% 5:17,853
6 University of Pennsylvania $61,710 9% 96% 6:126,552
7 Brown University $62,304 8% 95% 6:19,948
8 California Institute of Technology $58,680 7% 92% 3:12,240
9 Duke University $60,244 8% 96% 6:116,172
10 Dartmouth College $60,870 9% 95% 7:16,292
11 Cornell University $61,015 11% 95% 9:123,620
12 Pomona College $56,686 9% 94% 7:11,475
13 University of California-Berkeley $14,226 / $43,980 17% 92% 20:142,327
14 Columbia University in the City of New York $63,530 7% 96% 6:130,135
15 Georgetown University $59,957 17% 94% 11:119,371
16 University of Chicago $62,241 7% 96% 5:117,834
17 Northwestern University $60,768 9% 95% 6:122,603
18 University of Notre Dame $58,843 19% 97% 10:112,809
19 Williams College $59,660 15% 96% 6:11,987
20 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $16,178 / $53,232 26% 93% 11:147,907
21 Rice University $52,895 11% 94% 6:17,643
22 Johns Hopkins University $58,720 11% 94% 7:128,890
23 Harvey Mudd College $60,703 18% 93% 8:1854
24 United States Naval Academy -$1 / - 9% 90% 8:14,594
25 Swarthmore College $56,056 9% 97% 8:11,437
26 Bowdoin College $58,322 9% 95% 9:11,777
27 Vanderbilt University $56,966 12% 93% 7:113,537
28 Amherst College $61,150 12% 95% 7:11,745
29 Claremont McKenna College $58,111 13% 92% 8:11,264
30 University of Southern California $61,503 16% 92% 9:146,287
31 Washington University in St Louis $58,866 16% 94% 7:115,449
32 United States Military Academy $0 / - 9% 85% 7:14,536
33 University of Virginia-Main Campus $19,244 / $53,626 23% 94% 15:125,628
34 Tufts University $63,000 16% 94% 9:112,219
35 New York University $56,500 21% 88% 9:152,775
36 Middlebury College $59,770 22% 94% 8:12,669
37 Carnegie Mellon University $58,924 17% 93% 10:113,519
38 University of California-Los Angeles $13,258 / $43,012 14% 91% 18:144,589
39 Bates College $59,062 14% 92% 10:11,876
40 Wesleyan University $62,049 21% 91% 8:13,053
41 Boston College $61,706 26% 92% 13:114,934
42 Washington and Lee University $59,380 25% 93% 8:12,183
43 United States Air Force Academy $0 / - 13% 87% 8:14,307
44 Wellesley College $60,752 20% 94% 8:12,280
45 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $9,028 / $36,891 25% 91% 13:130,092
46 Colgate University $61,966 27% 91% 9:13,054
47 William & Mary $23,812 / $47,038 42% 91% 11:18,939
48 Davidson College $55,200 20% 93% 9:11,983
49 Haverford College $61,210 18% 93% 8:11,307
50 Barnard College $59,687 14% 90% 9:12,744
51 Santa Clara University $55,860 51% 92% 10:18,616
52 Carleton College $60,225 21% 94% 9:11,940
53 United States Coast Guard Academy - / - 20% 86% 7:11,056
54 Pitzer College $57,978 17% 83% 10:1922
55 Emory University $55,468 19% 90% 9:113,997
56 Wake Forest University $59,770 32% 89% 10:18,789
57 Lafayette College $57,114 36% 90% 10:12,514
58 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art $46,820 18% 79% 6:1887
59 Hamilton College $59,970 18% 91% 9:11,902
60 Scripps College $58,442 35% 88% 10:1958
61 Vassar College $62,870 25% 88% 8:12,435
62 Babson College $54,944 27% 95% 14:13,340
63 University of Maryland-College Park $10,955 / $38,636 51% 87% 18:140,709
64 University of Washington-Seattle Campus $12,076 / $39,906 56% 82% 19:148,149
65 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus $12,852 / $33,964 21% 91% 18:139,771
66 United States Merchant Marine Academy $1,167 / $1,167 24% 82% 13:11,045
67 Lehigh University $57,470 50% 88% 9:17,067
68 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $15,442 / $32,892 63% 86% 20:152,679
69 University of Wisconsin-Madison $10,720 / $38,608 57% 88% 17:144,640
70 University of Florida $6,381 / $28,659 31% 89% 18:153,372
71 Kenyon College $63,310 37% 89% 10:11,615
72 Villanova University $59,020 31% 92% 11:111,032
73 Bucknell University $59,802 38% 88% 9:13,726
74 Boston University $59,816 20% 89% 10:132,718
75 Colby College $61,220 10% 90% 10:12,155
76 The University of Texas at Austin $11,752 / $40,996 32% 88% 18:150,476
77 College of the Holy Cross $56,540 38% 93% 10:12,970
78 George Washington University $59,870 43% 85% 13:127,017
79 University of California-San Diego $14,700 / $44,454 37% 87% 19:139,576
80 Grinnell College $58,648 19% 87% 9:11,493
81 Smith College $56,114 37% 87% 9:12,504
82 University of Rochester $59,378 35% 86% 10:111,741
83 University of Richmond $58,570 31% 88% 8:14,056
84 University of California-Santa Barbara $14,417 / $44,171 37% 84% 22:126,179
85 Oberlin College $60,240 35% 86% 9:12,658
86 Macalester College $60,518 39% 93% 10:12,049
87 University of California-Irvine $13,775 / $43,529 30% 85% 18:136,303
88 University of California-Davis $14,645 / $44,399 46% 86% 20:139,074
89 Whitman College $55,982 54% 86% 9:11,360
90 University of Miami $54,760 33% 83% 12:117,809
91 Southern Methodist University $60,236 53% 81% 11:112,373
92 Colorado College $62,070 14% 88% 10:12,050
93 Worcester Polytechnic Institute $55,731 59% 89% 13:16,920
94 Colorado School of Mines $19,538 / $40,838 55% 84% 15:16,744
95 Brigham Young University-Provo $6,120 69% 75% 20:136,461
96 Brandeis University $60,006 33% 89% 10:15,440
97 Yeshiva University $47,500 67% 77% 7:15,524
98 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities $15,254 / $33,818 70% 84% 17:152,017
99 University of Georgia $12,068 / $31,108 48% 87% 17:139,147
100 Case Western Reserve University $54,532 30% 85% 11:111,465
Average$42,713 / $53,79625.83%90.20%10.40:115,444
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