LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Forbes has released its annual list of America’s Top Colleges and Southland schools – except for one – aren’t at the top of the list.

“Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt,” Michael Noer writes for Forbes.com. “Unlike other lists, we pointedly ignore ephemeral measures such as school “reputation” and ill-conceived metrics that reward wasteful spending. We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?”

Forbes ranked Claremont McKenna College an impressive 12th. Caltech in Pasadena follows close on its heels at No. 13.

The University of Southern California, which came in a 23 on U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of National University Rankings, came in at a shocking 165 on Forbes’ list. The University of California, Los Angeles fared better at 55, but slipped 30 spots from its top-25 position on U.S. News & World Report’s list.

To see the complete list of schools, visit Forbes.

Comments (7)
  1. AD says:

    Um, Caltech is listed #13 right behind Claremont.

    1. sanndy myers says:

      I saw that too….it makes this list laughable.

  2. alg says:

    They ( who are they?) the experts say that Apple has more money in the bank than the US GOVT.
    Take a look at the bank account of USC..
    Yet my experience with this place was sickening. I was a patient at their dental school which was training dentists from LEBANON. While I was in the ‘chair’ this student dentist not only was eating his lunch, he had his wife standing nearby, and they were talking and arguing in front of me. He actually left me with a patch in my mouth while he took his wife to another part of the room and they finished their lunch. I had to get out of the chair and go to his supervisor to get help, as the time had stretched to 20 minutes.
    All this for the money I spent to get there, to join the program, and the parking fees. This was a place (I won’t give USC the destinction of being an institution)
    that was supposed to help those who couldn’t afford a dentist.
    I never received a reply from the dean of the school. I heard later that this practice goes on all the time.
    I was wondering how many other foreigners and terrorists they train at USC.
    I wonder how many other colleges are doing the same thing.?????

    1. alg is a loser says:

      Yeah, real intelligent to generalize an entire educational institution based on our one bad experience. You are quite the scholar.

  3. Jack says:

    I was a patient there. I was treated great & saved money

  4. donna says:

    I was a patient there and received great care from an American dental student.

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