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Three Arizona state universities don’t fare well on Forbes ranking of US schools

PHOENIX — Forbes came out with its list of America’s Top Colleges this week and the three Arizona state universities did not fare too well.

The list said the University of Arizona in Tucson was the best school in the state, but came in at No. 220 when compared to other schools in the country.

Arizona State University, the largest public college in the state, ranked more than 50 spots lower than its Tucson rival and came in at No. 278.

Forbes said Northern Arizona University, with a population about half that of other state schools, was the worst public university in the state. The publication ranked NAU the 579th-best in the nation.

To compile the nationwide comparison, Forbes said it compares what students could theoretically get out of their education depending on the school they attend.

Think of it as a return on investment comparison: A student is paying thousands to earn their degree, so what does he or she get out of it in return?

Forbes said it takes into account the success of post-graduate students, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success when creating the list.

Stanford University in California was the best-ranked school in the nation. It was followed by four East Coast schools: Williams College in Massachusetts, Princeton University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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