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:
- post graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence
- student satisfaction, including professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates
- debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates
- four-year graduation rate
- 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.