For the third straight year, in collaboration with Forbes Magazine, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity is proud to release its list of America's 610 Best Colleges and Universities.
Williams College tops the list as the best school in America. Last year's number one, the US Military Academy, dropped to number four. The top ranked public school on this year's list was the University of Virginia, a change from last year's top public, The College of William and Mary.
This year CCAP created several alternate rankings of colleges and universities. Regional lists, ranking the best schools in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West are available on our website. A set of new lists this year breaks down our rankings by 75th percentile composite SAT scores. It ranks the best schools within four tiers of SAT scores. These lists are especially student friendly as they allow students to see the best schools that they can actually get into.
Several new variables were added this year. These included retention rates, student loan default rates, a Corporate Officers database and an exciting new website that measures student satisfaction, Myplan.com. For more on this see our methodology.
For more on the 2010 rankings, check out them out on the CCAP website, or go to Forbes to see the rankings and articles by Richard Vedder, Daniel Bennett and others.