Ranking Shakeups in 2018

What’s New in 2018

College Factual has updated all of their rankings for 2018 based on the latest data from the Department of Education and other sources.

The top 10 colleges in 2018 are nearly identical to 2017, except for Duke University moving up one placement from #5 to #4, and the University of Pennsylvania moving down from #4 to #5.

Brigham Young University-Provo is a new admittance to the top 200, moving from a ranking of #205 to #195. The school also has consistently been ranked as one of the top ten Best Schools for the Money by College Factual for the past few years.

The University of Dayton also moved into the top 200, currently ranked at #199, an improvement from the #202 spot.

Movement in the Best for the Money Rankings

There is a new #1 Best College for the Money in the U.S. and that is Soka University of America, displacing Brigham Young Uniersity - Provo which has moved to the #2 best value after 2 consecutive years at the top of the value rankings.

There are also several new additions to the top 10.

Emmaus Bible College (2018 ranking #3) and Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health (2018 ranking #10) were not ranked last year due to missing data and this year have come in with high marks for value.

Eureka College went from #28 in value to #8 - they have maintained low tuition while increasing the number of full-time teachers and freshman retention rate.

New Admissions to the Top 10 for Rankings for International Students

Last year we revealed our rankings of the Best U.S. Colleges & Universities for International Students.

This ranking highlights schools that are offering high-quality educational outcomes, and have proven success with students from other countries.

In 2018, there were two new admissions to the top 10 for international students which include Stanford University, which went from being ranked #14 for international students to #9, and Northeastern University, which went from being ranked #11 to #10.

Check out the full ranking here.

College has become a more important decision than ever...

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