NEW YORK, NY - With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and the price of college tuition and fees rising three times faster than inflation over a decade, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2018’s Best College & University Rankings, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 26 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 30 Colleges & Universities in America

 

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

 

16

University of Notre Dame (IN)

2

Princeton University (NJ)

 

17

Dartmouth College (NH)

3

Harvard University (MA)

 

18

Vanderbilt University (TN)

4

Stanford University (CA)

 

19

Williams College (MA)

5

California Institute of Technology (CA)

 

20

University of Chicago (IL)

6

Yale University (CT)

 

21

University of California-Los Angeles (CA)

7

Duke University (NC)

 

22

Northwestern University (IL)

8

University of Pennsylvania (PA)

 

23

Amherst College (MA)

9

Columbia University (NY)

 

24

Swarthmore College (PA)

10

Rice University (TX)

 

25

Cornell University (NY)

11

University of California-Berkeley (CA)

 

26

Georgetown University (DC)

12

Harvey Mudd College (CA)

 

27

University of Virginia (VA)

13

Johns Hopkins University (MD)

 

28

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (NC)

14

Brown University (RI)

 

29

Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

15

Pomona College (CA)

 

30

Vassar College (NY)

           

To view the full reports, please visit: 

Best Colleges & Universities Overall: http://wallethub.com/edu/college-rankings/40750/

Best Colleges: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-colleges-in-the-us-ranking/40748/

Best Universities: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-universities-in-usa-ranking/39704/