Forbes college rankings: Princeton, NJIT, Rutgers in Top 100

Forbes, which released its colleges rankings Tuesday, said its list spotlights schools that offer an excellent education at a great price, graduate high-earners and propel students to become successful entrepreneurs and influential leaders in their fields.

It’s editors also said it doesn’t give as much weight to prestige — noting that Harvard University did not make its Top 10.

Princeton University, however, did. As usual, it was tops among New Jersey schools, coming in at No. 4.

New Jersey Institute of Technology (No. 75) and Rutgers University–New Brunswick (No. 93) were the only other New Jersey schools to crack the Top 100.

Here’s a look at the top N.J. schools:

No. 4: Princeton
No. 75: New Jersey Institute of Technology
No. 93: Rutgers-New Brunswick
No. 151: Rutgers-Newark
No. 185: The College of New Jersey
No. 226: Stevens Institute of Technology
No. 245: Rutgers-Camden
No. 247: Seton Hall University
No. 254: Rowan University
No. 265: Ramapo College of New Jersey
No. 284: Montclair State University

Forbes editors say their rankings are a more complete look at schools. They are weighted as follows:

  • Alumni salary (20%);
  • Debt (15%);
  • Graduation rate (15%);
  • Forbes American Leaders list (15%);
  • Return on investment (15%);
  • Retention rate (10%);
  • Academic success (10%).

Because we know you’re interested, here is the Top 5:

No. 1: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
No. 2: Stanford University
No. 3: University of California–Berkeley
No. 4: Princeton
No. 5: Columbia University

For the complete list, click here.