Hamline News

August 05, 2011

Hamline Again Ranks on List of the Nation's Top Colleges by Forbes.com

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Hamline University is again among ‘America’s Top Colleges’ according to the latest rankings by Forbes.com.

For the past four years, Forbes has analyzed the quality of higher education institutions in the United States, and Hamline has made the list each year. The rankings are based on what matters most to families when choosing a college.

“Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, student debt, and graduation rates,” according to Forbes editor Michael Noer. “We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would.”

Forbes worked with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank, to prepare the results.

Post-graduate success was determined in part by alumni salary and prominence and took into account graduates mentioned in Who’s Who in America and corporate officers lists from Forbes and the Center. Student satisfaction was gauged by evaluations and retention rates. In addition, the list rewarded schools that have students with lower debt loads and default rates.

Of the 650 American colleges and universities that had the distinction of making the ‘best’ list (out of more than 6,000 institutions nationwide), Hamline ranked 268th. Read more about Hamline's ranking on Forbes.com.