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Pomona College Named a Top 10 College by Forbes

In class with Professor of Politics Heather Williams

In class with Professor of Politics Heather Williams

In Forbes' 2012 list of America’s Top Colleges, Pomona College reaches the top 10 in spot No. 9.

The rankings are based on five general categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction (including professor performance), debt loads and default rates, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards, like the Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright fellowships. Pomona was also ranked No. 8 among private colleges and universities.

The criteria were chosen to “focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low levels of debt,” writes Michael Noer of Forbes. "They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.”

Rounding out the top 10, in order from No. 1, are Princeton University, Williams College, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, U.S. Military Academy, Columbia University and Swarthmore College.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is known for the close relationships between students and faculty, providing a range of opportunities for student research and leadership, and meeting the full financial aid need of each accepted student with financial aid packages that do not include loans.