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Forbes College Rankings: Which Schools Made The Top 12? (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/12/10 01:50 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:20 PM ET

Forbes has released a list of the best colleges in America -- and their findings may surprise you.

Brown University, typically regarded as a top 20 school, falls at No. 45. Wesleyan University ranks higher than the oft-laureled University of Chicago. And the best college in America is not Harvard or Princeton, but tiny liberal arts school Williams.

Forbes based their rankings on research by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity. According to a report on their methodology, the Center used 11 factors to determine the rankings, and the largest being graduate success rate. They also looked at average graduate salary, student satisfaction and graduation rate.

View the Forbes' top 12 schools in America below -- and see their full list of 610 colleges here.

What do you think? Do you take issue with these rankings? Or do you think they're valid? Join the discussion below.

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