Forbes Top 10 Colleges of 2016

Forbes Top 10 Colleges of 2016

When making an important decision “what college should I go to”, you want to enroll in the college with a good reputation and a quality education to get a well-paying job after graduation and get your efforts and money pay off. Excellent provided education combined with pleasurable campus life makes a good college. But how do you identify a good college with so many the best-top-ultimate-best lists and rankings all over the net? You need a trustable source, providing reliable data.

We trust Forbes, well known for its lists and rankings. In 2008 Forbes Magazine published their first (hereafter annual) list of America’s best colleges. So we’ve decided to give you Forbes list of best colleges of 2016 with a brief description of each one to help you choose (or just grasp a general picture).

How is the list formed?

  • Forbes forms the list based on following criteria:
  • Student satisfaction (makes 75% of the score). It’s evaluated by a combination of retention rates anlid Facebook surveys on student satisfaction.
  • Post-grad success (32,5%), based on alumni salaries.
  • Student debt loans (25%).
  • Graduation rate (7,5%). A ratio of students completing their programs on time.
  • Academic success (10%). A ratio of students gaining national awards in competitions.

1. Stanford University

Stanford consists of 7 schools covering an expanded range of fields: Graduate School of Business, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Humanities & Sciences, School of Law and School of Medicine.

Stanford is known for impressively successful startups born on campus or thanks to alumni networking. Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Coursera, Yahoo!, Instagram - all have been founded by alumni or faculty of Stanford. Stanford’s engineering and computer science programs are top-notch. Stanford’s scholars community includes 19 Nobel Prize laureates.

Stanford campus includes 700 buildings and 97% of undergraduate students live on campus.

Financial assistance:

You can apply for grants, fellowships and scholarships, including athletic scholarships. Families making under $125,000 a year don’t have to contribute towards tuition. Go here to discover more information, calculate estimated aid and cost or send your documents to apply for financial aid.

2. Williams College

Williams college encourages civic involvement through experiential learning with a mission to enhance students’ ability to improve society. Experiential learning programs include various research projects, education outreach programs (tutoring and teaching) and alternative spring break trips with the running of service projects.

Williams college has traditional academic majors (e.g., chemistry, biology, Chinese, math or computer science), but instead of minors concentrations are offered. They are interdisciplinary groups of courses covering particular topics from the perspectives of different branches of knowledge and departments. Like cognitive science, which combines knowledge of psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, math, or public health.

An important part of Williams campus life is sustainability. Students and faculty are sorting food waste and are encouraged to use reusable tableware. College is committed to reducing, reusing, and recycling materials, reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and using cleaner and renewable energy sources.

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Financial assistance:

$50 million are directed to providing financial aid for students each year. Funding is distributed individually, depending on the student’s needs. You can learn more and apply for financial assistance here.

3. Princeton University

Princeton's areas of studies cover humanities, social sciences, engineering and natural sciences.

Princeton has always been bursting with remarkable alumni, including 16 Nobel Prize winners, 3 U.S. Supreme Court justices and 2 U.S. presidents - James Madison and Woodrow Wilson (and former First Lady Michelle Obama). Princeton faculty has 26 Nobel Prize winners in its ranks.

Princeton claims its mission is to serve the public good and help their students, alumni and faculty to use education for society’s benefit, to think of how their work and research can help the humanity. Princeton sponsors service programs like University Volunteer Firefighter program, participates in food and clothing donations for charities, advocates sustainability.

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Financial assistance:

Princeton offers aid in the form of grants and can fully cover tuition, room and board. Financial aid bases in individual needs of a student and his family resources. If your family’s income is less than $180,000 you can apply for financial aid.

4. Harvard University

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6. Yale University

7. Pomona College

8. Brown University

9. Wesleyan University

10. Swarthmore College

Some other honorable mentions from Forbes list:

  1. University of Pennsylvania (By the way, Elon Musk is a University of Pennsylvania alumnus. Quite a persuasive argument, isn’t it?)
  2. Amherst College
  3. University of Notre Dame
  4. U.S. Military Academy
  5. Northwestern University
  6. Columbia University
  7. Dartmouth College
  8. Tufts University
  9. Bowdoin College
  10. University of Chicago
  11. Georgetown University
  12. Boston College
  13. Haverford College
  14. U.S. Naval Academy
  15. Davidson College

All these colleges have a good reputation and attract lots of talents to their classrooms. But don’t forget to make your own research on colleges before making THAT life-influencing decision. The criteria used to form top lists may not include those important for you personally. What do you deem important - location, financial aid, accreditation status, future career possibilities? Focus on your needs, not the media.

Choose carefully, you need to have a vivid picture of your expectations to make the right choice. Networking might help to understand what you desire. Speak with people working in the field you are interested in, talk to career coaches. If you are still not sure what you want and what your aspirations are, consider taking a gap year to figure things out. No rush in such important decision. But also remember that your degree is not a sentence, and your education does not necessarily determine your whole life.

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