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Williams tops Forbes annual college ranking, as Brown improves to No. 45

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NEW YORK – Brown University improved its ranking as one of the best colleges in the nation, landing at No. 45 out of 610 schools on Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges 2010 list, an improvement over the school’s 2009 No. 72 ranking.

Other Ocean State post-secondary schools included by Forbes were Providence College (No. 199), the University of Rhode Island (No. 477), Bryant University (No. 503), Roger Williams University (No. 591) and Rhode Island College (No. 593). In Bristol County, Mass., Wheaton College (No. 244) and Stonehill College (No. 320) also made the list.

Forbes evaluated 610 U.S. colleges and universities, or approximately 9 percent of the roughly 6,600 accredited postsecondary schools, for the 2010 list. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity worked with the magazine to compile America’s Best Colleges 2010.

After compiling and analyzing the data, Williams College, located in western Massachusetts, was named this year’s top college. Rounding out the top five were Princeton University, Amherst College, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Institutions selected for the survey were evaluated on 11 components divided into five categories: student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards (for students).

Additionally, schools had to be recognized by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as doctorate-granting universities, master’s colleges and universities, or baccalaureate colleges in order to be included in the survey.

Schools such as the Rhode Island School of Design, which only confer degrees in a single field or set of related fields, are considered “Special Focus Institutions” by the Carnegie Foundation. These specialty institutions were not included in Forbes’ list.

For additional information about the methodology used to compile the America’s Best Colleges 2010 list, visit www.forbes.com.

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