Pomona College makes Forbes' top 10 colleges list again

File photo: ranked Pomona College 8th in the nation. Last year it ranked 2nd.
File photo: ranked Pomona College 8th in the nation. Last year it ranked 2nd.
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Pomona College in Los Angeles County has again ranked among the top 10 on Forbes' list of the best schools in the United States.

Pomona last year ranked 2nd among the 650 schools on the business magazine's annual ranking of U.S. colleges. This year it dropped lower but still held on to the 8th position.

Williams College in Massachusetts won top honors. Stanford University, another California school, dropped to 2nd place from its ranking as the top university last year.

Forbes says its ranking is different from many others in that its methodology focuses on what students get out of a school rather than on who's getting into it. The report relies on 12 metrics, with more than half the score coming from factors that can be categorized under "student satisfaction" and "post-graduate success." Other factors include the graduation rate and the number of students who go on to win a prestigious fellowship or earn a Ph.D.

Last year, Pomona beat out Ivy league heavyweights Harvard and Yale. 

Pomona College President David Oxtoby told KPCC then that the honor was well-deserved:

"Everyone is delighted that we are being discovered; we’re very proud of the quality of this place, and it’s nice others are recognizing it," he said.

The annual ranking is the result of a partnership between Forbes and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). It's the seventh year Forbes has published it.

Forbes' top 10 colleges

Rank Name State
1 Williams College Massachusetts
2 Stanford University California
3 Swarthmore College Pennsylvania
4 Princeton University New Jersey
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
6 Yale University Connecticut
7 Harvard University Massachusetts
8 Pomona College California
9 United States Military Academy New York
10 Amherst College Massachusetts

For more detailed information on the college rankings, check out Forbes' full list here.