Forbes Magazine Ranks Bethany College First in State, Among Top 175 U.S. Colleges and Universities

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has been ranked as one of the nation’s top 175 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities, the number one college in West Virginia and 68th in affordability in a comprehensive report released on the Forbes magazine website. According to the authors of the report, “America’s Best Colleges,” the rankings are based on the quality of the education provided by the schools, the experience of the students and the achievements of students and alumni.

“We are extremely pleased to have been recognized as one of the top 175 colleges in the nation by such a prestigious publication,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College. “As Bethany continues to further its rich history of academic excellence while providing a state-of-the-art yet affordable education, such rankings reinforce our continuing status as one of the nation’s premier private colleges—and one of the best higher learning choices students can make.”

Bethany is ranked No. 164 out of 600 institutions listed in the rankings. The United States Military Academy was ranked No. 1, followed by Princeton University, the California Institute of Technology, Williams College and Harvard University. With more than 4,000 colleges in the United States, the 600 schools that appear in the Forbes rankings represent the top 14 percent of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions and places Bethany in the top four percent nationally.

The survey results were compiled by Forbes and 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 600 schools are available online at

The Princeton Review recently named Bethany one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast. The nationally renowned education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The College was also identified as one of the nation's top bargains in higher education in the tenth edition of "Barron's Best Buys in College Education," one of 231 colleges and universities selected by Barron's for offering the best combination of an outstanding education and an affordable price.

Bethany College 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 state’s oldest private college.