America’s Top 25 Colleges: Students Vs. Critics

RateMyProfessors recently released its annual lists ranking the nation’s top universities and professors. The data is based entirely on students’ input. See the list of the site’s top 25 universities. posted on

MtvU’s RateMyProfessors.com, the largest online destination for college professor ratings, today released its annual lists ranking the nation’s top professors and universities, based entirely on students’ input.

Whereas the 2011–2012 top universities list was dominated by smaller universities and private schools, this year’s list is populated by many large institutions and state schools. The rankings for best schools were determined by analyzing both professor ratings and campus ratings. Different from typical college rankings, this list is generated entirely from the input of the students themselves – providing an authentic overview of daily life at each respective school.

We included each school’s spot on Forbes’ top colleges list and US News’ national university rankings for comparison. Doesn’t seem like students are on the same page as the guys who write the books.

25. University of California Los Angeles

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Forbes: #34
US News: #23

24. Biola University

Forbes: #168
US News: #177

Note: A previous version of this post featured Biola as “not ranked” by US News. The error has been fixed.

23. University of Mississippi

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Forbes: #278
US News: #150

22. University of Southern California

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Forbes: #63
US News: #23

21. University of California Santa Barbara

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Forbes: #96
US News: #41

20. University of Alabama

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Forbes: #205
US News: #86

19. University of Miami

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Forbes: #124
US News: #47

18. Michigan State University

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Forbes: #154
US News: #73

17. Cornell University

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Forbes: #19
US News: #16

16. Gustavus Adolphus College

Forbes: #220
US News: not ranked

15. University of Texas at Austin

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Forbes: #66
US News: #52

14. Brigham Young University

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Forbes: #75
US News: #62

13. Texas Christian University

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Forbes: #245
US News: #82

12. James Madison University

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Forbes: #168
US News: not ranked

11. Auburn University

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Forbes: #225
US News: #91

10. University of Michigan

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Forbes: #30
US News: #28

9. Texas A&M University

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Forbes: #122
US News: #69

8. Rollins College

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Forbes: #266
US News: not ranked

7. Washington University in St. Louis

Forbes: #57
US News: #14

6. University of Georgia

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Forbes: #90
US News: #60

5. University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Forbes: #68
US News: #41

4. Stanford University

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Forbes: #1
US News: #5

3. Pennsylvania State University

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Forbes: #93
US News: #37

2. Vanderbilt University

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Forbes: #37
US News: #17

1. Duke University

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Forbes: #15
US News: #7

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