The annual rankings include only some 25 percent of America’s more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities.
With a rank of 93 in the West and 498 in the U.S., Western ranks ahead of the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Mesa University, Fort Lewis College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Adams State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. To view the list, visit Forbes.com/top-colleges.
Western State Colorado University President Dr. Greg Salsbury says the ranking by Forbes captures the momentum underway at Western.
"As Western charges forward, the world is noticing," Salsbury says. "Forbes is one of many opinion leaders recognizing Western. Colleges of Distinction featured Western as one of only five colleges in Colorado to receive the honor. EnvironmentalScience.org ranked Western as the #5 best college in the United States to study Environmental Science. And Best Value Schools included Western as one of the Top 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in America."
The Forbes rankings are based on five general categories: postgraduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction, which includes 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; and academic success, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a PhD.