News Forbes Magazine top colleges list includes Columbia University Columbia University ranked 16th on Forbes Magazine's list of top 20 colleges in the nation, released July 5, 2016. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 July 5, 2016 3:35 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Forbes Magazine released Tuesday the top 20 colleges in the nation and New York’s Ivy League school made the cut. Columbia University ranked 16 among the schools beating out Dartmouth College and Tufts University. The Morningside Heights campus dropped one place from last year as Northwestern University took 15th place. The full list of 660 colleges will be released Wednesday. Forbes used several factors to come up with its rankings including: student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success. The top 25 colleges are: 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. Universityof Notre Dame 14. UnitedStates Military Academy 15. Northwestern University 16. Columbia University 17. Dartmouth College 18. Tufts University 19. Bowdoin College 20. University of Chicago By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.