These schools rank among the top 100 private colleges and universities in the U.S. on Forbes’ 2009 list of America’s Best Colleges. Below, each school is listed with both their rank among private colleges.  Click here to read more about each school’s Ranking in United States and world university rankings.

Top 100 Private Colleges Ranking

Private-Colleges Ranking College Name State
1 Princeton University New Jersey
2 California Institute of Technology California
3 Williams College Massachusetts
4 Harvard University Massachusetts
5 Wellesley College Massachusetts
6 Amherst College Massachusetts
7 Yale University Connecticut
8 Stanford University California
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts
10 Swarthmore College Pennsylvania
11 Columbia University New York
12 Centre College Kentucky
13 Haverford College Pennsylvania
14 Boston College Massachusetts
15 Northwestern University Illinois
16 Bowdoin College Maine
17 Vassar College New York
18 Whitman College Washington
19 University of Chicago Illinois
20 Kenyon College Ohio
21 Carleton College Minnesota
22 Colby College Maine
23 Middlebury College Vermont
24 Union College New York
25 Claremont McKenna College California
26 Pomona College California
27 Colgate University New York
28 Smith College Massachusetts
29 Wabash College Indiana
30 Harvey Mudd College California
31 Washington and Lee University Virginia
32 Bryn Mawr College Pennsylvania
33 Franklin and Marshall College Pennsylvania
34 Wesleyan University Connecticut
35 Brandeis University Massachusetts
36 Tufts University Massachusetts
37 Barnard College New York
38 Lawrence University Wisconson
39 DePauw University Indiana
40 Rice University Texas
41 Reed College Oregon
42 Washington University, St. Louis Missouri
43 Bucknell University Pennsylvania
44 Mount Holyoke College Massachusetts
45 Hamilton College New York
46 University of Notre Dame Indiana
47 Connecticut College Connecticut
48 Kalamazoo College Michigan
49 Colorado College Colorado
50 Hampden-Sydney College Virginia
51 Mills College California
52 St. Mary’s College of California California
53 Principia College Illinois
54 George Fox University Oregon
55 Emory University Georgia
56 Davidson College North Carolina
57 Rhodes College Tennessee
58 College of the Holy Cross Massachusetts
59 Sarah Lawrence College New York
60 Doane College Nebraska
61 Salem College North Carolina
62 Sweet Briar College Virginia
63 Drew University New Jersey
64 Wofford College South Carolina
65 Brown University Rhode Island
66 College of Wooster Ohio
67 Juniata College Pennsylvania
68 Hillsdale College Michigan
69 Vanderbilt University Tennessee
70 Skidmore College New York
71 Hendrix College Arkansas
72 Macalester College Minnesota
73 University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
74 Berea College Kentucky
75 Transylvania University Kentucky
76 Lake Forest College Illinois
77 Nebraska Wesleyan University Nebraska
78 Oberlin College Ohio
79 St. John’s College Maryland
80 Centenary College of Louisiana Louisiana
81 Earlham College Indiana
82 Wheaton College Massachusetts
83 Sewanee-University of the South Tennessee
84 Hollins University Virginia
85 Wesleyan College Georgia
86 Huntington University Indiana
87 Dartmouth College New Hampshire
88 Lafayette College Pennsylvania
89 Ripon College Wisconsin