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Top Colleges 2021

After spending the pandemic year rethinking the way we evaluate the country’s finest schools, low-cost public universities surged up our ranking, grabbing six of the top 25 spots. Public universities can deliver the most outstanding education to the broadest range of students at the most affordable price. That’s the message of Forbes’ 2021 ranking of top colleges.

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    America’s Top Colleges 2021: For The First Time A Public School Is Number One

    America’s Top Colleges 2021: For The First Time A Public School Is Number One

    After spending the pandemic year rethinking the way we evaluate the country’s finest schools, low-cost public universities surged up our ranking, grabbing six of the top 25 spots. Public universities can deliver the most outstanding education to the broadest range of students at the most affordable …

    How We Rank America's Top Colleges

    How We Rank America's Top Colleges

    The nuts-and-bolts underlying our annual list of the best schools. The Schools We first selected colleges and universities that educate undergraduates, based on their Carnegie Classification, a higher education framework that categorizes schools by their degree offerings, research output and …

    Why Berkeley Is Number One

    Why Berkeley Is Number One

    The flagship campus of the massive University of California system provides a top-drawer education to a diverse group of students at a fraction of the price of an elite private school. The University of California at Berkeley has it all: World-class academics, great sports, a stunning Bay Area …

    A Short History Of The Forbes Top Colleges List

    A Short History Of The Forbes Top Colleges List

    Thirteen years ago we set out to create a different type of ranking of America’s best schools – one based on student outcomes, not reputation and test scores. Back in 2008 I wrote a column for Forbes magazine about how students should choose a college. “I think the U.S. News ranking ought to get a …

    A True Test: College Sports During The Pandemic

    A True Test: College Sports During The Pandemic

    The 2020-2021 academic year accelerated the divide between the haves and have nots in college athletics. by Derek Saul It’s safe to say that the last 18 months have caused the most stress college athletics has ever seen. From wildly-changing legislation to hundreds of millions in lost revenues to …

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