Welcome to Scholarships360’s comprehensive list of the top colleges in America! With over 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States, finding the perfect fit can be a daunting task. That’s where Scholarships360 comes in.
Our editorial team took a long look at the data to select the top colleges and universities across all fifty states. Our methodology focuses on student outcomes, which means that graduate income, student debt, and completion rates are all very important data points. While other rankings may emphasize reputation, selectivity, and other vanity metrics, we’re focused on the data that’s most aligned with student success and affordability.
We’ve gone through all fifty states to find our picks for the top colleges in the country. Find them down below.
To put together our list of the best colleges, we created the Scholarships360 College Index using reliable data sourced from the College Scorecard. This index weighs graduate income, net price, student debt, and completion rates to produce a figure that indicates how well the school performs for its students. Here are some reasons why we think these numbers are so important:
Our list consists of the four-year, in-person institutions that ranked highest on our index. These schools were selected from all across the country and perform well in all four of the categories listed above.
Note: We assessed each college based on data available in the College Scorecard. However, the Scorecard was missing data from some schools. We were unable to consider schools with missing data which may have otherwise qualified. U.S. Military Academies were among the schools we were unable to consider due to lack of data.
Our college rankings are focused on specific data points that are linked to student success and affordability including graduate income, completion rates, student debt, and net price. All of the data sourced for this project is verified through the College Scorecard via the Department of Education.
Yes, each year the rankings will be updated to ensure that the data is current for students. In the future, we hope to offer major-specific rankings as research shows that choice of major can be even more determinative of outcomes than simply the choice of college.
When we took a look at popular college rankings, we realized that most sites are more concerned with prestige than they are with student outcomes. That’s why we decided to create our own ranking system that only considers factors that are directly related to how the school serves its students.
By simplifying the rankings process, we are able to deliver a list of schools who have demonstrated a commitment to their students. These schools offer affordable education and increase the earning potential of their graduates significantly. While other rankings look into alumni donations and peer reviews, we go straight to the facts to see whether a school is delivering.
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