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Williams College –  Massachusetts

College Forbes Rank:  #1        Williams College
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 2124
Percent on Financial Aid: 65%
Fees: $61,850
Website: http://www.williams.edu/
About the College: This year Williams College ranks as the No. 1 top college in America. It was founded in 1793 as a men’s college and women weren’t admitted until 1970. This elite liberal arts school is part of the “Little Three,” along with Wesleyan University and rival Amherst College. The school follows a 4-1-4 annual schedule, which includes a one-course winter study term in addition to two four-course semesters. There are 30 majors and no required courses at Williams, but all students must complete three arts and humanities, three social sciences and three science and math classes.

Stanford University – California

College Forbes Rank:  #2Swarthmore College
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 18519
Percent on Financial Aid: 70%
Fees: $60,749
Website: http://www.stanford.edu
About the College: Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, CA. It was founded in 1885 by railroad magnate Leland Stanford. Its community of scholars includes 22 Nobel laureates, 27 MacArthur Fellows, five Pulitzer Prize winners, 158 National Academy of Sciences members and three Presidential Medal of Freedom winners. Approximately 97% of students live on Stanford’s campus, which consists of nearly 700 major buildings spread across 8,180 acres.

Swarthmore College – Pennsylvania

College Forbes Rank:  #3Swarthmore College Pennsylvania
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 1552
Percent on Financial Aid: 62%
Fees: $60671
Website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/
About the College: Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts school in Swarthmore, PA. It was founded in 1864 and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia. The college has over 40 courses of study and approximately 93% of students live on campus. Swarthmore offers loan-free financial aid awards. First-year seminars are limited to 12 students. The school is a member of the Tri-College Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford and students can cross-register for courses at the nearby University of Pennsylvania.

Princeton University – New Jersey

College Forbes Rank:  #4Princeton University - New Jersey
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 7975
Percent on Financial Aid: 60%
Fees: $55832
Website: http://www.princeton.edu
About the College: Chartered in 1746, Princeton University is one of the oldest colleges in the country. Nassau Hall, perhaps first among the historic buildings that adorn Princeton’s 500-acre campus in Princeton, NJ, served as the nation’s capital in 1783. Undergraduates may select from 34 academic departments. Nearly a dozen current faculty members are Nobel Prize recipients. Admitted students can defer their enrollment for a year to participate in community service work abroad through the Bridge Year program.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Massachusetts

College Forbes Rank:  #5Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 11189
Percent on Financial Aid: 85%
Fees: $59020
Website: http://web.mit.edu/
About the College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s premier technological institutions. Founded in 1861, MIT’s community includes 78 Nobel laureates, 53 National Medal of Science winners, 41 MacArthur Fellows and 27 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners. Located in Cambridge, MIT is part of an intellectual community that includes Harvard University and Wellesley College, a cross-registration partner.

Yale University – Connecticut

College Forbes Rank: #6Yale University Connecticut
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 11906
Percent on Financial Aid: 62%
Fees: $61620
Website: http://www.yale.edu/
About the College: Granted its charter in 1701, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the country and one of the top institutions in the world. Located in New Haven, CT, Yale academics are divided into Yale College (the undergraduate school), the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and 13 professional schools. The university’s library is one of the largest in the country and houses more than 12 million volumes.

Harvard University – Massachusetts

College Forbes Rank: #7Harvard University Massachusetts
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 28147
Percent on Financial Aid: 77%
Fees: $59950
Website: http://www.harvard.edu/
About the College: Founded in 1636, Harvard University was the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. Its history, influence and wealth hasn’t stopped it from experimenting with new educational platforms, such as the MOOC edX, co-founded with nearby MIT. Harvard’s faculty and alumni have won 47 Nobel Prizes and the school recently hired former executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, to teach undergraduate courses.

Pomona College – California

College Forbes Rank: #8Pomona College California
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 1607
Percent on Financial Aid: 68%
Fees: $59730
Website: http://www.pomona.edu/
About the College: Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, CA. Established in 1887, it is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of neighboring schools. The college offers 47 majors. Students can choose from approximately 650 classes at Pomona and over 2,200 classes offered through the consortium. Around 80% of students have taken a class at another Claremont school. Nearly all students live on campus.

United States Military Academy – New York

College Forbes Rank: #9Class of 2011 graduates from US Naval Academy
Forbes Financial Grade: N/A
Student Population: 4592
Percent on Financial Aid: N/A
Fees: N/A
Website: http://www.usma.edu
About the College: In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation that established the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. The academy is a coeducational, public liberal arts college where applicants must have a nomination from a member of Congress to be admitted. During the course of their education, students can choose from more than 40 majors. At the end of their matriculation, they earn a commission into the U.S. Army as 2nd Lieutenants.

Amherst College – Massachusetts

College Forbes Rank: #10Amherst College Massachusetts
Forbes Financial Grade: A+
Student Population: 1817
Percent on Financial Aid: 71%
Fees: $61544
Website: https://www.amherst.edu/
About the College: As one of the top small private liberal arts schools in the country, students frequently work one-on-one with faculty, who are among the nation’s leading scholars and have received awards from National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, to name a few. Amherst, one of the few need-blind institutions, offers bachelor’s degrees in 38 fields of study, with many students exploring their major further with a senior year thesis.

 

 

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