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Forbes Releases America’s Top Colleges 2022 Rankings, MIT Bags 1st Spot

Updated on 15 January, 2024

Gauri Agrawal

Gauri Agrawal

Sr. Content Writer

Forbes, known for its lists and rankings worldwide, has released its 14th Annual list of America’s Top Colleges. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has bagged the top spot. This is the first time MIT has topped the US college rankings in Forbes. 

The other top-ranked universities are Stanford, University of California – Berkley, Princeton, and Columbia University, at 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions. 


Emma Whitford, a Senior Education Reporter at Forbes, said, “We know that a college degree is a significant investment for any student and one that’s been compounded by recent years of financial turmoil for many. This list reflects the public and private universities that are going above and beyond to deliver on that investment.”

The global media company ranked 498 US colleges this time. Those featured in the list are public, private, and Ivy League colleges. 

The colleges and universities this year have been assessed on several parameters such as return on investment, alumni salaries, outcomes delivered to students, debt ratio, degree delivered on time, and others. 

Top 25 Forbes America Colleges 2022 List: 

1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts
2Stanford UniversityCalifornia
2University of California, BerkeleyCalifornia
4Princeton UniversityNew Jersey
5Columbia UniversityNew York
6University of California, Los AngelesCalifornia
7Williams CollegeMassachusetts
8Yale UniversityConnecticut
9Duke UniversityNorth Carolina
10University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
11Northwestern UniversityIllinois
12Rice UniversityTexas
13Vanderbilt UniversityTennessee
14Dartmouth CollegeNew Hampshire
15Harvard UniversityMassachusetts
16Cornell UniversityNew York
17University of California, San DiegoCalifornia
18Johns Hopkins UniversityMaryland
19Brown UniversityRhode Island
20University of ChicagoIllinois
21University of Southern CaliforniaCalifornia
22Georgetown UniversityWashington, D.C. 
23University of California, DavisCalifornia
24Amherst CollegeMassachusetts
25University of Michigan, Ann ArborMichigan

In 2021, top 5 Forbes America Colleges were: 

  1. University of California, Berkeley
  2. Yale University
  3. Princeton University
  4. Stanford University
  5. Columbia University 

Gauri Agrawal

Sr. Content Writer

Gauri Agrawal is a passionate, professional and proactive content marketer who wants to grow in the field of content creation. She carries a rich experience of working in the Digital News sector with renowned names like Times Now Digital, and News X as a Copy Editor.

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