POMONA, Calif. (KTLA) — Two California schools took top honors Wednesday on the Forbes Magazine annual list of America’s top colleges.
The overall winner was Stanford University in Palo Alto, which jumped up from third place last year. Stanford has 19,945 students and costs $58,846 a year.
In second place was Pomona College in Claremont, which has only 1,586 students and costs $57,014 annually.
Forbes editors looked at 12 criteria, including student satisfaction, graduation rate, student debt, and post graduate success, including alumni salaries.
At Pomona College graduates earn an average starting salary of $49,000, according to school officials.
“We have people working on Wall Street, but we also have people in the medical profession, in academic positions, chemists and historians and all different fields as well,” College President David Oxtoby said.
The school did not receive advance notice of the rankings, so the announcement came as a big surprise.
“The students and faculty have been getting messages from all of the alumni from around the world actually, they’ve been hearing the news, so it’s been a great day for us,” Oxtoby said.
Here is the rest of the top 10.
- Stanford University
- Pomona College
- Princeton University
- Yale University
- Columbia University
- Swarthmore College
- United States Military Academy
- Harvard University
- Williams College
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Click here for the complete list on Forbes.com.