America's Best Colleges
Princeton tops annual list from Forbes
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2012 4:02 PM CDT
Princeton University is No. 1.   (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, File)
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(Newser) Forbes is out with its annual list of the nation's best bang-for-your-buck colleges, with its rankings based on five criteria: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, graduation rate, and competitive awards. The top five:

  1. Princeton (annual cost: $53,934)
  2. Williams College ($57,141)
  3. Stanford ($57,755)
  4. University of Chicago ($59,950)
  5. Yale ($58,250)
Click to read the whole list, which has the University of Virginia as the highest-ranked public school at No. 36.