'Best College & University' List Has 1 Local Entry

College tuition and fees have risen three times faster than inflation over the past decade -- and with that in mind, the personal-finance website WalletHub.com has released its 2018 "Best College & University Rankings" in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

Rice University in Houston ranked 10th in the nation -- and No. 2 in the region -- on the list.

WalletHub analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 26 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 30 Colleges & Universities in America

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

2 Princeton University (NJ)

3 Harvard University (MA)

4 Stanford University (CA)

5 California Institute of Technology (CA)

6 Yale University (CT)

7 Duke University (NC)

8 University of Pennsylvania (PA)

9 Columbia University (NY)

10 Rice University (TX)

11 University of California-Berkeley (CA)

12 Harvey Mudd College (CA)

13 Johns Hopkins University (MD)

14 Brown University (RI)

15 Pomona College (CA)

16 University of Notre Dame (IN)

17 Dartmouth College (NH)

18 Vanderbilt University (TN)

19 Williams College (MA)

20 University of Chicago (IL)

21 University of California-Los Angeles (CA)

22 Northwestern University (IL)

23 Amherst College (MA)

24 Swarthmore College (PA)

25 Cornell University (NY)

26 Georgetown University (DC)

27 University of Virginia (VA)

28 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (NC)

29 Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

30 Vassar College (NY)

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