The 2012 Forbes ranking of the U.S. colleges and universities is now available.
This particular study is based primarily on outcomes and satisfaction criteria, not the typical school reputation criteria used by U.S. News and World Report (the granddaddy of all college ranking). Much of the weight in this study comes from measures of student satisfaction (via RateMyProfessor.com) or post-graduate success. Also taken into consideration is the cost of the schools and debt loads of their students.
Below is a excerpt from the Center of College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) website.
While much attention goes to seeing who the very top schools are (this year the top five are Princeton, Williams College, Stanford, Chicago and Yale), schools ranking in the top 100… are all very good schools, not only being in the 15 percent of those ranked by us, but almost certainly in the top 10 percent of all institutions.
We are not surprised to see that of the schools ranked (650 in total) the top 100 is dominated by private schools (88 of the top 100 to be exact).
You can read more about these rankings here.