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2 California schools get top ranking




Forbes.com ranked Pomona College second in the nation after Stanford.
Forbes.com ranked Pomona College second in the nation after Stanford.
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Forbes.com released its college rankings this week, and two California schools topped the list.

Stanford ranked first on the list, and our own Pomona College took second place. This is the first time two West Coast colleges have topped a major rankings list.

In 2012, the ranking order was: Princeton University, Williams College, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, U.S. Military Academy, Columbia University, Pomona College and Swarthmore College.

How did Pomona College climb the list? Why do East Coast school traditionally dominate rankings lists? What methodologies are used to create these rankings?

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