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MILWAUKEE, WI — New college rankings from Forbes Magazine name 650 schools, including 5 in Wisconsin that it says are the best in the country for 2019.

Names like Harvard, Stanford and Yale predictably topped Forbes’ list. The magazine says that whether a school ranks among the top 10 or is closer to the bottom, the institutions “count as the best in the country.” Forbes’ annual rankings looks at colleges that “deliver the top academics, career success and lowest debt.”

Here’s how Wisconsin colleges were ranked on Forbes’ list:

Rank: 69

Rank: 180

  • Marquette University
  • Average Price: $55,273
  • Type: Private not-for-profit
  • Average Debt: $9,169
  • Average Early-Career Salary: $57,800

Rank: 193

  • Lawrence University
  • Average Price: $58,458
  • Type: Private not-for-profit
  • Average Debt: $7,141
  • Average Early-Career Salary: $51,500

Rank: 257

  • Beloit College
  • Average Price: $59,442
  • Type: Private not-for-profit
  • Average Debt: $7,792
  • Average Early-Career Salary: $47,400

Rank: 326

The top 10 colleges on Forbes’ list are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Princeton University
  6. University of Pennsylvania
  7. Brown University
  8. California Institute of Technology
  9. Duke University
  10. Dartmouth College

The methodology behind the rankings looks at five categories: alumni salary, student satisfaction, debt, on-time graduation rate and academic success. (Read more about Forbes’ methodology)


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