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    Stanford University has been ranked the No. 1 Top College in the country for 2016, according to Forbes.

    Following behind Stanford University was Williams College, Princeton University and Harvard University.

    “No one could have imagined that in the following century–plus this startup school would emerge as the nation’s preeminent university, which in large part created today’s Silicon Valley, the cult of entrepreneurship and a global boom of digital disruption,” stated the Forbes article

    In the list of the Top 25 Colleges for 2016 released by Forbes on Monday, the high ranking schools all prove to have the highest retention rates in the country with minimal student debt.

    Described as “Higher ed in transition” the 9th annual Top Colleges rankings are based on a firm Forbes belief: What is the return on investment (ROI)?

    A list curated alongside the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Department of Education, Payscale and the America’s Leader’s list looked for factors concerning students directly, not what is required to be accepted into the college.

    The 660 colleges across the nation were ranked on categories of student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success.

    The full list of all 660 schools will be announced on July 6, you can see the Top 25 Colleges of 2016 below.

    The 25 Top Colleges 2016

    1. Stanford University
    2. Williams College
    3. Princeton University
    4. Harvard University
    5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    6. Yale University
    7. Pomona College
    8. Brown University
    9. Wesleyan University
    10. Swarthmore College
    11. University of Pennsylvania
    12. Amherst College
    13. University of Notre Dame
    14. U.S. Military Academy 
    15. Northwestern University
    16. Columbia University
    17. Dartmouth College
    18. Tufts University
    19. Bowdoin College 
    20. University of Chicago
    21. Georgtown University
    22. Boston College
    23. Haverford College
    24. U.S. Naval Academy
    25. Davidson College

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