- Princeton University
- California Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- Swarthmore College
- Williams College
- United States Military Academy
- Amherst College
- Wellesley College
- Yale University
- Columbia University
Data was gathered from a variety of sources, covering factors such as instructor evaluations, notable alumni and faculty achievements, student debt at graduation and the percent of students graduating in four years.
The ranking relies entirely on outside databases and surveys rather than on the involvement or cooperation of the colleges.