How Massachusetts Ranked in Forbes‘ 2018 Top Colleges List

Harvard and MIT are still at the top.

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Once again, Massachusetts schools are sitting comfortably atop a list of the county’s top colleges.

According to a list published by Forbes this week, Harvard came in at number one, MIT was ranked fourth, and Williams College, just barely missing the top 10, placed 11th.

This marks the second year Forbes placed Harvard at the top, after giving it the honor for the first time last year.

Proud of you, Harvard.

Unlike some other lists, which analyze students’ SAT scores and other factors, Forbes says its methodology focuses on what happens to students after they are admitted, tabulating evidence that includes colleges’ retention and graduation rates, and students’ debt and salaries after graduation. “Especially at a time when Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student loan debt,” assistant editor Carter Coudriet writes, “we believe it’s important to value ‘outputs’ rather than ‘inputs.'”

Local schools also dominated further down the list. Other Massachusetts colleges in the top 100 include Amherst College (#16), Tufts (#33), Wellesley (#44), Boston College (#50), Holy Cross (#59), Babson (#64), Boston University (#78), Smith (#79), and Brandeis (#97).

You can scroll through the rest of the 650 top colleges here.