An annual list ranking “America's Top Colleges” includes 17 locations in Indiana. Forbes and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity considered factors such as student satisfaction, graduation rate and post-graduate success. The list includes 650 schools throughout the country and Indiana placed three in the top 100. More specific factors include average graduate salary, retention rates, alums receiving major national awards and numbers of prestigious scholarships.

The publication says the results show what students are “getting out of college,” as opposed to how they got into a particular institution.

A total of 17 schools in the state are ranked on this year's list.

17. University of Notre Dame

91. DePauw University

92. Earlham College

107. Indiana University

119. Purdue University

179. Wabash College

239. Butler University

243. Saint Mary's College

257. Taylor University

258. Hanover College

270. Valparaiso University

307. University of Evansville

313. Goshen College

406. Huntington University

561. Ball State University

607. IUPUI

647. Indiana State University

The top 5 in the nation are:

1. Williams College in Massachusetts

2. Stanford University in California

3. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania

4. Princeton University in New Jersey

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Source: Forbes

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