Philadelphia area college fare well on Forbes' America's Top Colleges list.

Swathmore did the best among local schools with the University of Pennsylvania not too far behind. 's rank would have been higher, according to Forbes, and round out the rest of the local schools making the top 100.

Local colleges overall ranking:

Forbes ranking were based on the following criteria:

Quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.

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