Forbes Ranks Caltech Number 2 in the West

Published : Friday, August 11, 2017 | 2:26 PM

The California Institute of Technology landed in the second spot behind Stanford University as the next best school in the west in Forbes America’s Top College ranking for this year.

The list, which was released by Forbes in its August 2 issue, also placed Pomona College in Claremont in the third place spot. Twenty-five colleges and universities made it to Forbes’ list of “Top 25 Schools in the West.”

Forbes’ listing is however in striking contrast to a ranking released by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (WUR) in March 2, 2017 which ranked Caltech as the top university among 20 “small universities” around the world.
According to Forbes, Stanford has a storied history of excellence in innovation and ingenuity, and has ranked in the top three on this list for the past five years: this year landing at No. 2 overall.

Meanwhile, this is the first time in the 10 years of the ranking of the best return on investment schools that CalTech has appeared in the overall top 10, landing at No. 6, while Pomona makes the grade at No. 10.

Caltech, Forbes added, is known for its superior tech and engineering programs, which help position graduates with one of the largest mid-career salary averages of $131,000, according to Payscale. Pomona, meanwhile, with its reputation as one of the finest liberal arts school in the West, sees graduates with mid-career salaries averaging $96,900.

Here is the list of the 2017 Top Colleges in the West according to Forbes:

1. Stanford University

2. California Institute of Technology

3. Pomona College

4. Claremont McKenna College

5. Harvey Mudd College

6. University of California, Berkeley

7. United States Air Force Academy

8. Scripps College

9. University of Southern California

10. University of California, Los Angeles

11. Pitzer College

12. Santa Clara University

13. Reed College

14. Colorado College

15. Occidental College

16. Whitman College

17. University of Washington, Seattle Campus

18. University of California, Santa Barbara

19. University of California, San Diego

20. University of California, Davis

21. University of California, Irvine

22. Brigham Young University, Provo

23. Colorado School of Mines

24. Loyola Marymount University

25. University of Denver







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