Forbes College Rankings

2008 marked the first year that Forbes entered the college ranking fray. They choose to use a methodology that included the following percentages: Listing of Alumni in the 2008 Who’s Who in America (25 percent); student evaluations of professors from Ratemyprofessors.com (25 percent); four-year graduation rates (16 2/3 percent); enrollment-adjusted numbers of students and faculty receiving nationally competitive awards (16 2/3 percent); average four year accumulated student debt of those borrowing money (16 2/3 percent). They did not break colleges down into different schools as U.S. News does, but instead choose to separate private and public colleges instead.

Complete College Rankings

Methodology: In conjunction with Dr. Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), Forbes inaugurated its first ranking of America’s Best Colleges in 2008. They based 25 percent of their rankings on seven million student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the Web site RateMyProfessors.com. Another 25 percent depended upon how many of the school’s alumni, adjusted for enrollment, are listed among the notable people in Who’s Who in America. The other half of the ranking was based equally on three factors: the average amount of student debt at graduation held by those who borrowed; the percentage of students graduating in four years; and the number of students or faculty, adjusted for enrollment, who have won nationally competitive awards like Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes. CCAP ranked only the top 15 percent or so of all undergraduate institutions.

Top Private Colleges

This is a digital slide show of the top twenty-five private colleges compiled from the complete college rankings listed above. Each college slide reveals its overall rank, cost, class size, student to faculty ratio, SAT and ACT ranges, percentage of applicants admitted, application deadline and early admission dates. Cost includes tuition, room and board, books, fees and other expenses.

Top Public Colleges

This is a digital slide show of the top twenty-five public colleges compiled from the complete college rankings listed above. Each college slide reveals its overall rank, cost, class size, student to faculty ratio, SAT and ACT ranges, percentage of applicants admitted, application deadline and early admission dates. Cost includes tuition, room and board, books, fees and other expenses.

America’s 50 Best Colleges

This link takes you to a digital slide show of the top fifty colleges compiled from the complete college rankings listed above. Each college slide reveals its cost, class size, student to faculty ratio, SAT and ACT ranges, percentage of applicants admitted, application deadline and early admission dates. Cost includes tuition, room and board, books, fees and other expenses.

Top Ranked Online Colleges

The following online colleges and universities rank highly based on user interest data we've gathered. The schools offer accredited degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's level in a variety of fields from business to the humanities. If you're looking for an online degree program, these schools offer a convenient alternative to traditional classroom study. For students who need flexibility in meeting their educational objectives, our list of schools will help you find what you're looking for. Online learning is a great way to keep the learning process going while continuing to work or fulfill other responsibilities. And with the latest technology and course delivery methods, you'll be able to earn your degree while balancing your busy life.

Ashford University
Associate's Degrees
Bachelor's Degrees
Master's Degrees
Ashford UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. Now, school comes to you, making it possible to earn your college degree. Experience a new way of learning through innovative online classes at Ashford University. AU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Ave, Suite 100, Alameda, California 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.
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DeVry University
Associate's Degrees
Bachelor's Degrees
Master's Degrees
DeVry UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. DeVry University offers a career-oriented high quality online education to working professionals. Founded in 1931 as DeForest Training School, DeVry University has approximately 100 campuses across North American and offers degrees in liberal arts, business, science, technology, and more.
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Grand Canyon University
Bachelor's Degrees
Master's Degrees
Grand Canyon UniversityBachelor's and Master's Degrees. GCU represents one of the nation's fastest growing on line Christian universities. Enjoy top-rated classroom technology as you earn a highly-ranked education in one of their many degree programs.
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Northcentral University
Master's Degrees
Doctoral Degrees
Northcentral UniversityMaster's and Doctoral Degrees. Northcentral University prides itself on its mentorship programs. While you work towards your 100% online degree, help is not far away. Mentors are highly qualified and trained specifically to teach online, providing the individual support you need, when you need it.
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Strayer University
Associate's Degrees
Bachelor's Degrees
Master's Degrees
Strayer UniversityAssociate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degrees. If you want the quality of education that is reserved for veterans and members of the selective service and their dependents, then look closer at Strayer. This accredited university is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and participates in associate and bachelor's degree programs for active duty military personnel.
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