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Forbe's Best Colleges


In a slight break from sports material, Forbe's release their rankings of the best colleges in America today. As usual Vanderbilt is among the best in the nation. However only 2 SEC schools were ranked in the top 100. Find out how your school was ranked after the jump.

Rank

University

Cost

Student Population

43

Vanderbilt

$52,303

12,093

93

Florida

$32,093

51,474

150

Georgia

$33,070

33,070

284

South Carolina

$35,097

27,488

295

Mississippi (Ole Miss)

$25,800

15,289

323

Louisiana State

$25,260

28,810

336

Alabama

$31,996

27,014

368

Mississippi State

$24,149

17,824

399

Arkansas

$27,340

19,194

434

Auburn

$29,726

24,530

453

Tennessee

$32,576

30.410

507

Kentucky

$27,636

26,054

 

Only Vanderbilt was ranked in the top 50 among colleges in America. Florida was the only other SEC school in the top 100 of the rankings. Florida was able to do this despite having almost double the student population of every other SEC school and four times the number of students as Vanderbilt. Pretty impressive to me for a public university. Georgia also had a good ranking at #150.  Kentucky came in as the only SEC school ranked below 500. The gap between the each school from South Carolina to Arkansas is relatively small, going no larger than 31 spots. The largest gap between SEC schools is that between Georgia' s ranking and South Carolina's ranking; 134 spot drop in the rankings. This shows a large gap between the top 3 educational bodies in the SEC and the rest of the conference.

The rankings are compiled using the following information and weights I was able to thanks to dxf04:

No. 1: Student Satisfaction (27.5%)
Student Evaluations from RateMyProfessor.com (17.5%)
Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates (5%)
Student Evaluations from MyPlan.com (5%)

No. 2: Postgraduate Success (30%)
Salary of Alumni from Payscale.com (15%)
Listings of Alumni in Who's Who in America (10%)
Alumni in Forbes/CCAP Corporate Officers List (5%)

No. 3: Student Debt (17.5%)
Four-year Debt Load for Typical Student Borrower (12.5%)
Student Loan Default Rates (5%)

No. 4: Four-year Graduation Rate (17.5%)
Actual Four-year Graduation Rate (8.75%)
Predicted vs. Actual Four-year Graduation Rate (8.75%)

No. 5: Competitive Awards (7.5%)
Student Nationally Competitive Awards (7.5%)

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