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Forbes: Three Memphis Colleges Among Top 20 Pct. Nationwide

Forbes’ list of public and private colleges and universities ranked three Memphis higher education institutions among “America’s Best Colleges in the Nation” from the students’ perspectives: Christian Brothers University, University of Memphis and Rhodes College.

The Forbes ranking is geared toward undergraduates and the evaluation process when selecting a college. Forbes list of 650 undergraduate schools – the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions – focuses on quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.

This year, five criteria were used in compiling the rankings:

  1. post graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence
  2. student satisfaction, including professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates
  3. debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates
  4. four-year graduation rate
  5. competitive awards, rewarding schools whose students win scholarships and fellowships

Other Tennessee universities to make the list included Vanderbilt University; Sewanee – University of the South; Fisk University; Union University; Maryville College; Carson-Newman College; The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Middle Tennessee State University; and Belmont University.

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