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Allen Grove

Forbes 2012 List of America's Top Colleges Now Available

By August 4, 2011

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For those of you who are interested in college rankings, be sure to visit the 2012 version of America's Top Colleges created by Forbes. The Forbes ranking, like any, is somewhat controversial. For one, Forbes uses the remarkably subjective and easily manipulated site ratemyprofessor.com to help gauge student satisfaction. They also use inclusion in Who's Who in America as a measure of post-graduate success. I'm not convinced Who's Who really deserves that much clout -- it's largely a vanity press set up to sell Who's Who books. Also, the Forbes list doesn't distinguish between types of schools, so small liberal arts colleges, military academies and large research universities are all in the same mix. This year, for example, Williams returns as #1. But can Williams really be compared to West Point (#3) or Cal Tech (#13)? Apples and oranges. You can check out the complete Forbes methodology here.

That said, Forbes more than U.S. News & World Report is looking at some real practical financial aspects of the colleges they evaluate: How much does it actually cost to attend, and how much are you likely to earn after graduation?

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