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These Are the Top Colleges of 2016, According to Forbes

Schools that offer the best return on investment are featured prominently in this year's Forbes magazine list of top colleges.

That's for good reason: With the price of college higher than ever, parents and students alike are looking for schools where they'll graduate on time and get a good job after earning their degree.

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Incorporating those concerns, as well as other factors — retention rates, student satisfaction, and student debt, to name a few — Forbes released its top 660 U.S. colleges and universities on Wednesday.

Image: Stanford campus
Stanford University Paul Sakuma / AP file

In the top slot this year is Stanford University in California, which is no stranger to being number one on Forbes' annual list. It's followed by Williams College in Massachusetts, and Princeton University in New Jersey.

Here are the top 25 colleges of 2016, according to Forbes. Find the whole list here.

  1. Stanford University
  2. Williams College
  3. Princeton University
  4. Harvard University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. Yale University
  7. Pomona College
  8. Brown University
  9. Wesleyan University
  10. Swarthmore College
  11. University of Pennsylvania
  12. Amherst College
  13. University of Notre Dame
  14. U.S. Military Academy
  15. Northwestern University
  16. Columbia University
  17. Dartmouth College
  18. Tufts University
  19. Bowdoin College
  20. University of Chicago
  21. Georgetown University
  22. Boston College
  23. Haverford College
  24. U.S. Naval Academy
  25. Davidson College