America's No. 1 College: Williams And it's followed by Princeton, says Forbes By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 3, 2011 2:26 PM CDT Updated Aug 6, 2011 12:30 PM CDT 5 comments Comments The campus of Williams College, which is No. 1 again. (AP Photo/The Berkshire Eagle, Darren Vanden Berge) (Newser) – Forbes is out with its annual rankings of the top US colleges, and Williams College of Massachusetts is in the No. 1 spot for the second straight year. At $55,000, "a Williams education is certainly not cheap, but the 2,000 undergraduates here have among the highest four-year graduation rates in the country, win loads of prestigious national awards like Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, and are often rewarded with high-paying careers," writes Michael Noer. Top five: Williams College, Princeton, West Point, Amherst College, and Stanford. Ivy League: Only Princeton and Harvard (6) crack the top 10. The others: Yale (14), Brown (21), Dartmouth (30), Columbia (42), Cornell (51), and Penn (52). Top public schools: University of Virginia (46), College of William and Mary (49), and UCLA (55). Click to read the full list.