Head of the Class

Money magazine’s Sept. 6 issue ranks the nation’s Top 100 colleges in terms of costs and academic value. Nine California schools are on the list, but only Caltech in Pasadena ranks among the Top 10. Factors used in determining the rankings include entrance exam results, graduation rates, faculty resources and deployment, budgets for instruction and student services and default ratios on student loans. The magazine then compares those figures to each college’s tuition and fees. Here are the 10 highest-rated schools in the survey, followed by the magazine’s rankings of other California schools in its Top 100:

1. New College of the University of South Florida

2. Rice University (Tex.)

3. Trenton State College (N.J.)


4. State University of New York-Binghamton

5. Northeast Missouri State Univ.

6. Hanover College (Ind.)

7. Rutgers-New Brunswick (N.J.)


8. Caltech

9. Spelman College (Ga.)

10. St. Mary’s College of Maryland

43. Pomona College


46. Claremont McKenna College

50. Harvey Mudd (Claremont)

72. UC Berkeley

84. UCLA


89. Stanford University

91. Scripps College (Claremont)

92. UC Davis