I’m not sure what actually distinguishes this “Best Colleges” list from the other one, aside from a somewhat vague commitment to parsing schools based on the “the quality of the education they provide, and how much their students achieve,” but Wesleyan is #21 overall, between Pomona and Haverford. Make of that what you will.
Forbes ranks universities and liberal arts colleges together on its list and places heavy emphasis on such somewhat fluffy factors as the number of alumni listed in “Who’s Who in America” and the quality of teacher ratings on Ratemyprofessors.com (25% each), as well as more conventional factors as graduation rates, average student debt, and endowment values.
This is probably at least partially why Wesleyan is ranked significantly higher than half the Ivies. Not that we’re complaining.
Forbes Magazine: America’s Best Colleges