Two Colorado schools rank in Forbes' top 100 colleges based on output, return on investment

DENVER - With four years of college tuition comparable to the cost of a private island, a 33-foot yacht or a Ferrari F430, families should be aware of what schools are worth the pricey experience.

Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and put together a list of top schools where students can get the best bang for their buck.

Two Colorado schools rank among the top 100 and no, it's not the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver.

The United States Air Force Academy places 31st on the list along with Colorado College, which ranks at 76th.

CU Boulder and DU fell just short of the top 100. CU ranked 101 and DU is 103. Colorado School of Mines ranked at 111 and Colorado State University in Fort Collins came in at 291.

Stanford University takes the No. 1 spot as America’s top college. The private university is followed by Pomona College in California; Princeton; Yale; Columbia; Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania; West Point; Harvard; Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Forbes report focuses on what students get out of college rather than admission requirements. Factors include student employment following graduation and the hefty student loans they may have to pay off.

These rankings were determined by five general categories which include student satisfaction, post graduate success, student debt, graduation rates and nationally competitive awards. 

To see the full list: go to .

Forbes also reported that the average cost of a 4-year education at one of the top 10 universities in the country was roughly $181,000 not including room and board, books, food and fun.

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