Forbes partners with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to create this list. They rate schools using five broad categories: student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success. Readers can click on individual school profiles to get more detailed information on each institution, such as student population, total annual cost and percent admitted. Forbes uses a variety of sources to obtain their data, including RateMyProfessor, Payscale.com and the U.S. Department of Education.
For 2015, the site listed the top universities as Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University, in that order.
Encyclopedia Britannica notes the company began the ranking in 1983. U.S. News and World Report uses formulas to determine specific scores for each school. Employees evaluate indicators of academic success, such as faculty-to-student ratio, how many students graduate from the school who enter, how selective the school is, and how successful students are after graduation, according to U.S. News and World Report.Learn more about Colleges & Universities