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Forbes just released its 13th annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges and 15 schools from NJ made the list. Forbes looked at factors such as how well colleges serve low-income students, return on investment and outcomes for students. Forbes put the list together in consultation with higher ed consultant Michael Itzkowitz.

And, for the first time ever, a public school, the University of California at Berkeley, took the very top spot on Forbes’ list. (Harvard, which is usually number one, fell to number seven on the overall list). Here’s how NJ colleges ranked:

  1. Princeton University, Princeton (National ranking: 3)
  2. Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (National ranking: 158)
  3. The College of New Jersey, Ewing (National ranking: 189)
  4. New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark (National ranking: 189)
  5. Rutgers University, New Brunswick (National ranking: 212)
  6. Seton Hall University, South Orange (National ranking: 215)
  7. Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah (National ranking: 223)
  8. Montclair State University, Montclair (National ranking; 277)
  9. Drew University, Madison (National ranking: 293)
  10. Rowan University, Glassboro (National ranking: 352)
  11. Fairleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck (National ranking: 374)
  12. Monmouth University, West Long Branch (National ranking: 394)
  13. Stockton University, Galloway (National ranking: 452)
  14. Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City (National ranking: 531)
  15. New Jersey City University, Jersey City (National ranking: 538)

Known for its high academic quality, it’s not surprising to see that Princeton University took the top spot among NJ colleges and that it was number three on the overall list (and the only NJ school to make Forbes’ top 25). Princeton is also known as a great college town.

Did your student’s school make the list? Which great colleges in NJ did you think should be recognized?