The Ivy Coach Daily

September 9, 2021

2021 Forbes College Ranking

Forbes has released its annual college ranking.

’Tis the season for college rankings. Forbes is out with its latest college rankings. US News & World Report, the leader in the college rankings game (and it sure is a game as Malcolm Gladwell will attest — do check out his recent podcasts on the matter), will be releasing its rankings on September 13th. And while all publications rank colleges based on different algorithms, which means that where a school lands in the Forbes ranking is absolutely no indication whatsoever of where it will land in the all-important US News Ranking, it’s interesting nonetheless where schools land in the various publications. So which university takes the grand prize in the Forbes ranking?

UC Berkeley Claims the Grand Prize in Forbes Ranking

That would be the University of California – Berkeley. Long considered one of the finest — if not the finest — public school in the land, it’s interesting to see that Cal bested the likes of Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others. As Christian Kreznar writes for Forbes in a piece entitled “America’s Top Colleges,” “Public universities deliver the most outstanding education to the broadest range of students at the most affordable price. That’s the message of Forbes’ 2021 ranking of top colleges. Using a new methodology that counts low-income student outcomes and adds a giant federal database to Forbes’ tally of graduate earnings, for the first time ever, Forbes has ranked a public school, the University of California at Berkeley, in the No. 1 spot. Harvard, unseated from first place, is a distant No. 7. There are five other publics in the top 25 including three UCs, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.”

Harvard Slips Significantly in Forbes Ranking

So Forbes sure is spreading the love among America’s top public schools, pushing Harvard all the way down the list to…that’s right…#7, right after some of the usual suspects! So which schools follow UC Berkeley in the Forbes ranking? Yale University sits at #2, Princeton University at #3, Stanford University at #4, Columbia University at #5, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at #6, Harvard University at #7, University of California, Los Angeles at #8, University of Pennsylvania at #9, Northwestern University at #10, Dartmouth College at #11, Duke University at #12, Cornell University at #13, Vanderbilt University at #14, University of California, San Diego at #15, Amherst College at #16, University of Southern California at #17, Williams College at #18, Pomona College at #19, University of California, Davis at #20, Georgetown University at #21, University of Michigan at #22, University of Chicago at #23, Rice University at #24, and University of Florida at #25.

Have a question about the Forbes college ranking methodology? Surprised there are so many California-based universities in the top 25? Let us know your question by posting it below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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