About the Forbes Ranking
The Forbes rankings and methodology are posted online at the Forbes.com site. According to Forbes, its ranking system is designed to stress the outputs of a college education rather than the inputs stressed by the U.S. News and World Report college rankings.
Forbes measured whether students liked their courses (25 percent), achieved post-graduate vocational success (25 percent), graduated in four years (16 and 2/3 percent), and graduated without a lot of debt (20 percent). It also factored in faculty who competed for nationally competitive academic awards (13 1/3 percent). Forbes conducts its own research from third-party sources and did not use data supplied directly any institution. The Forbes ranking was created by Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
The Forbes ranking was rated No. 1 among college ranking systems by CBS MarketWatch.com, which states on its website that the Forbes’ ranking "comes the closest to actually measuring the quality of education at the nation’s best schools." Of all the college ranking systems, MarketWatch recommended one: Forbes’ "America’s Best Colleges."