Forbes Magazine Ranks Bethany Among Nation’s Top 100 Colleges

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has been ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in a comprehensive report, “America’s Best Colleges,” just released on the Forbes magazine website. According to the authors of the report, the rankings are based on the quality of the education provided by the schools and the achievements of their students and alumni.

“We are extremely pleased and honored to be selected as one of the top 100 colleges in the nation by such a prestigious publication,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “This marks the third time in the past month that Bethany has been recognized on a national or regional list of top colleges. That’s a great validation of our previous efforts and a wonderful inspiration for the future as we eagerly move forward to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world and workforce in the 21st Century.”

Bethany is ranked No. 100 out of 569 institutions listed in the inaugural rankings. Princeton University was ranked No. 1, followed closely by the California Institute of Technology, Harvard, Swarthmore and Williams. With more than 4,000 colleges in the United States, the 569 schools that appear in the Forbes rankings represent the cream of the crop — the top 14 percent of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions.

Bethany is the highest-ranked public or private college in the state of West Virginia and the Presidents Athletic Conference. It ranks third among all Appalachian College Association member institutions. The ACA is a selective consortium of 37 private liberal arts colleges located in five Appalachian states.

The survey results were compiled for Forbes by Dr. Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). The CCAP staff utilized data from a wide variety of sources in constructing its study. These sources included student evaluations, number of prominent alumni, average amount of student debt at graduation, percentage of students graduating in four years and the number of students or faculty winning such national awards as Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes. The complete methodology and the list of all 569 schools are available online at

As Dr. Miller noted, this is the third such honor for Bethany College this summer. Earlier this month, Bethany was named one of just 285 “National Colleges of Distinction” in the annual guide produced by Student Horizons, Inc. In late July, Bethany made its fifth appearance on the annual list of “Best Colleges in the Southeast Region” compiled by The Princeton Review.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in the state.