About half of them are more than 150 years old—three were founded before the colonies declared their independence from Britain. All but two are on the East Coast. Two are heavy into technology, and one was the cradle of the American technology revolution, but all have strong liberal arts programs, including the school that trains the nation’s military leaders. If you want to attend, be prepared for sticker shock: None costs less than $40,000 a year.
Forbes has released its America’s Top Colleges list, a ranking of the 100 best American colleges and universities, just in time for anxious high school seniors (and their parents) to start shopping for their college education. The list includes some of the usual suspects, including three Ivy League schools, as well as some well-kept secrets, such as tiny Pomona College near Los Angeles and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point—a surprise to some, and the only service academy to crack the top 10.
Despite the hefty price tags, Forbes says these schools deliver a lot of academic bang for the buck.
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