07/30/2014 05:02 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2014

These Are The Top Colleges In 2014, According To Forbes

Everybody loves a good ol' college ranking.

On Wednesday, Forbes released a list of the best colleges in America in 2014. But Forbes emphasizes what sets their ranking apart is a "firm belief in 'output' over 'input.'

"We're not all that interested in what gets a student into college," Forbes explained. "Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college."

Forbes calculated their rankings working with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

The above video and list below summarizes the top 10 colleges, but the full article -- including the methodology of the rankings -- can be found here. Forbes' top public colleges are here and the best value colleges are here.

  • 10 #10 Amherst College
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    Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 9 #9 United States Military Academy
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    West Point, New York
  • 8 #8 Pomona College
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    Claremont, California
  • 7 #7 Harvard University
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    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 6 #6 Yale University
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    New Haven, Connecticut
  • 5 #5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 4 #4 Princeton University
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    Princeton, New Jersey
  • 3 #3 Swarthmore College
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    Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • 2 #2 Stanford University
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    Standford, California
  • 1 #1 Williams College
    Williams College, Williamstown, MA


  • 1 Principia College
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    Elsah, Ilinois
  • 2 University of Washington-Bothell
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    Bothell, Washington
  • 3 Manhattan College
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    Riverdale, New York
  • 4 Massachusetts Maritime Academy
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    Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
  • 5 Montana Tech of the University of Montana
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    Butte, Montana
  • 6 Holy Family University
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 7 Molloy College
    Rockville Centre, New York
  • 8 Oregon Institute of Technology
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    Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 9 California Maritime Academy
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    Vallejo, California
  • 10 Bryant University
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    Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • 11 Louisiana State University and Agriculture & Mechanical College
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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 12 University of Arizona
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    Tucson, Arizona
  • 13 University of Illinois at Chicago
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    Chicago, Illinois CORRECTION: A previous version of this slide showed an image of the University of Chicago, not the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • 14 Rutgers University-Newark
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    Newark, New Jersey