Pomona College, Aerial campus shot

Forbes named Pomona College one of the nation’s 10 best colleges in its annual list released today.

This year, Harvard was No. 1, Stanford No. 2 and Yale No. 3. Caltech (No. 6) and Pomona College (No. 10) were the two Southern California institutions in the Top 10 among more than 650 colleges nationwide. Pomona is the only small liberal arts college in the Top 10.

Forbes “America’s Top Colleges 2017” rankings are based on a return-on-investment focus that is based on outcomes, from student satisfaction, to graduating on time, student debt incurred and post-graduation job prospects.

Pomona ranked No. 7 last year.

“Before you become a college student, you need to think like a graduate. Our goal is to showcase the colleges and universities that deliver the best return on your education investment dollars: low student debt, on-time graduation, quality academics, high earning potential and career success,” said Caroline Howard, digital managing editor at Forbes Media.

Located in Claremont, Calif., Pomona College is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty and a range of student research and leadership opportunities.