Forbes lists W&M as one of nation's top universities

  • Ranked among the bestWilliam & Mary has once again been counted among the nation's top universities.

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    Ranked among the best

The rankings season has officially begun and William & Mary continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s top universities.

In its annual undergraduate listing of “America’s Top Colleges,” Forbes once again listed William & Mary as the second highest state-supported school in the country. W&M was listed as the fifth-best public college overall (including military institutions) and 49th among all public and private universities. The College made the magazine's list as the 20th-ranked research university. Forbes also ranked the best business schools based on return on investment. William & Mary’s full time MBA program was ranked 41st in the country, up from 49th a year ago.

The magazine’s annual list, unveiled Wednesday, is compiled in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability & Productivity. According to Forbes, more than 650 undergraduate institutions were ranked based on the quality of teaching, students’ career prospects, graduation rates and debt levels. Williams College in Massachussets was ranked in the top spot overall.

The Forbes rankings comes a week after the Princeton Review released their annual college guidebook that listed William & Mary 12th in the category of “Professors Get High Marks.”

Only two state-supported schools made Forbes’ top 50 – and both come from Virginia. In addition to William & Mary, the University of Virginia also represented the Commonwealth in 46th place overall. The other public institutions in the magazine’s top 50 were military schools – the U.S. Military Academy (third overall), the U.S. Air Force Academy (eighth) and U.S. Naval Academy (17th). Last year, Forbes ranked William & Mary 46th overall and fifth among public colleges.