List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

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Number of
4-year colleges

13,381,015

Students attending
4-year colleges

$18,178

Average
in-state tuition

$20,357

Average
out-of-state tuition

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Brown University

Providence, RI

8 Forbes
The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Brown University

Providence, RI

Total undergraduates: 7,214
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $25,264
Average salary: $59,700
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

4 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Total undergraduates: 14,128
Acceptance rate: 5%
Average annual cost: $16,205
Average salary: $95,500
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

5 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Total undergraduates: 4,680
Acceptance rate: 7%
Average annual cost: $21,576
Average salary: $89,200
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

7 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,677
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $18,140
Average salary: $51,400
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

3 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Total undergraduates: 5,666
Acceptance rate: 6%
Average annual cost: $17,732
Average salary: $77,900
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List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

1 Forbes
http://exploredegrees.stanford.edu/stanfordsmission/ From the Stanford University Founding Grant, November 11, 1885: ...the Nature, Object, and Purposes of the Institution Hereby Founded, to Be: Its nature, that of a university with such seminaries of learning as shall make it of the highest grade, including mechanical institutes, museums, galleries

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Total undergraduates: 8,302
Acceptance rate: 4%
Average annual cost: $16,695
Average salary: $86,000
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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

10 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,606
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $19,641
Average salary: $48,500
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Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

9 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Total undergraduates: 3,091
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $20,490
Average salary: $48,400
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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

2 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,233
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $18,167
Average salary: $54,200
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Yale University

New Haven, CT

6 Forbes

List of the top U.S. colleges 2018

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Total undergraduates: 7,150
Acceptance rate: 6%
Average annual cost: $18,319
Average salary: $74,200
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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