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A-List colleges and universities deliver the best academic and economic value to students, while admitting a high percentage of applicants.

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Purdue University
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* College rankings based on editor generated composite of major ranking indices.

Top 25 Undergraduate Colleges for 2013

Our methodology for ranking the undergraduate colleges listed below is quite simple and straight forward. We simply select the best of the best! The rankings below represent a composite of the major college ranking indices including Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal and to a lesser degree Kiplinger and The Washington Monthly. By producing a composite ranking report from the most widely accepted indices, we're able to weed out ranking inconsistencies, and ultimately provide a more accurate and unbias view of one college's position relative to that of other colleges. Click on the following link to learn more about college rankings.

Rank College Name Location Tuition
& Fees
Freshman
Class Size
Accept.
Rate
Institution
Category
1
Cambridge, MA $40,866 1,655 6.3% National University
2
Princeton, NJ $38,650 1,242 8.4% National University
3
New Haven, CT $42,300 1,318 7.4% National University
4
Chicago, IL $44,574 1,300 16.3% National University
5
Williamstown, MA $44,920 1,182 17.3% Liberal Arts College
6
Amherst, MA $44,610 NA 13.3% Liberal Arts College
7
Swarthmore, PA $43,080 365 15.1% Liberal Arts College
8
New York, NY $47,246 1,333 6.9% National University
9
Philadelphia, PA $43,738 1,214 12.3% National University
10
Pasadena, CA $39,588 978 12.8% National University
11
Cambridge, MA $42,050 1,067 8.9% National University
12
Stanford, CA $41,787 1,721 7.1% National University
13
Durham, NC $43,623 365 14% National University
14
Claremont, CA $41,438 375 14% Liberal Arts College
15
Wellesley, MA $42,082 590 30.9% Liberal Arts College
16
Claremont, CA $44,085 250 14.1% Liberal Arts College
17
Hanover, NH $45,042 316 10.1% Liberal Arts College
18
Evanston, IL $43,779 1,981 18% National University
19
Brunswick, ME $44,118 476 16.1% Liberal Arts College
20
Middlebury, VT $44,111 644 18.3% Liberal Arts College
21
Northfield, MN $44,445 656 31% Liberal Arts College
22
Poughkeepsie, NY $46,270 733 22.5% Liberal Arts College
23
Haverford, PA $43,702 315 25.1% Liberal Arts College
24
Claremont, CA $44,442 363 22.3% Liberal Arts College
25
Davidson, NC $40,809 468 28% Liberal Arts College
* College rankings based on editor generated composite of major ranking indices.

Top 20 Business Schools
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Salary

Rank Name State YRS To Break Even Pre-MBA ($thou) Post-MBA ($thou) Tuition ($thou) GMAT
1
CA 4.2 82 129 118 730
2
MA 4.0 82 124 126 720
3
PA 4.4 75 121 108 715
4
MA 4.4 70 121 108 715
5
IL 4.2 66 116 113 710
6
IL 4.2 71 115 111 720
7
CA 4.2 67 115 117 718
8
NY 4.2 70 112 118 710
9
NH 4.0 70 110 90 720
10
MI 4.3 62 111 100 706
11
NC 4.3 62 111 109 697
12
TX 4.3 62 111 106 710
13
VA 4.2 60 109 95 700
14
PA n/a n/a 107 111 698
15
NY 4.1 60 106 107 693
16
CA 4.4 68 105 96 708
17
GA n/a n/a 103 88 710
18
CT 4.3 57 103 115 720
19
NC 4.2 55 102 66 690
20
NY 4.3 62 100 111 720
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Top 100 Colleges with
Highest Acceptance Rates

Fall 2011 College Acceptance Rates:
West Virginia University--Parkersburg
Parkersburg, WV
100.0%
Mountain State University
Beckley, WV
100.0%
Northwest University
Kirkland, WA
100.0%
Weber State University
Ogden, UT
100.0%
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Goodwell, OK
100.0%
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Alva, OK
100.0%
Cameron University
Lawton, OK
100.0%
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, OK
100.0%
Granite State College
Concord, NH
100.0%
University of Texas--Brownsville
Brownsville, TX
100.0%
CUNY--College of Staten Island
Staten Island, NY
100.0%
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO
100.0%
Pikeville University
Pikeville, KY
100.0%
Washburn University
Topeka, KS
100.0%
Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, OH
100.0%
Golden Gate University
San Francisco, CA
100.0%
University of Maryland--University College
Adelphi, MD
100.0%
Concordia College
Selma, AL
100.0%
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
99.8%
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