Local Colleges Rank High on Forbes Top Colleges List

See where area schools rank on Forbes list of Top Colleges.

Philadelphia area college fare well on Forbes' America's Top Colleges list.

Swathmore did the best among local schools with the University of Pennsylvania not too far behind. 's rank would have been higher, according to Forbes, and round out the rest of the local schools making the top 100.

Local colleges overall ranking:

Forbes ranking were based on the following criteria:

Quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.

Donna Picotta August 08, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I is a student at KKF (Kommunity Kollege of Filadelfia). Why didn't we make the top 10?
Jim Knowles August 08, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Stay classy
LJ Reed August 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I find this ranking off. While a Penn grad, its ranking here lower than elsewhere isn't what caught my eye; it was a number of the other schools' rankings. Without the complete list to compare, I find it difficult to think that Temple, West Chester and especially Drexel ranked where they did. Our region should be incredibly proud of our tradition of higher education; we rival Boston's and certainly exceed New York's. I hope no one is changing their minds about applying to certain Philadelphia area schools because of these rankings.
tim baker January 23, 2013 at 08:36 PM
not surprise with WCU or temple. Both are large public schools that does not carry any prestige. They are also PA state schools so the ranking is absolutely right for these two schools. Drexel should be much higher because it is better than most of the schools on the list. Immacuetta is not better than La Salle or any of those other colleges. my order: Penn Swarthmore Haverford Villanova Bryn Mawr Drexel Ursinus St. Joseph's La Salle Immaculata Temple West Chester
Deidre March 01, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Sorry Tim Baker, Bryn Mawr is head and shoulders above Villanova.


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