TheDC’s Definitive Ranking of America’s 50 Best Colleges, 10 – 1

On Monday, The Daily Caller began revealing its Ranking of America’s 50 Best Colleges. We encourage you to check out our methodology and the reasons why our college ranking is uniquely definitive.

Now take a look at the top 10 colleges:

10) Georgetown University

Location: Washington, D.C.

Undergraduate population: 7,433

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (7): Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois); Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming); Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan); Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota); Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas); Rep. Glenn Nye III (D-Virginia)

Other Famous Alums: President Bill Clinton; NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacuqes Wamutombo (better known simply as Dikembe Mutombo); Owner of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals Ted Leonsis

9) Williams College

Location: Williamstown, MA

Undergraduate population: 2,067

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (2): Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado); Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-Connecticut)

Other Famous Alums: Founder and CEO of AOL Steve Case; President James Garfield

8} Willamette University

Location: Salem, OR

Undergraduate population: 1,997

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (2): Rep. Sam Farr (D-California); Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Arkansas)

Other Famous Alums: Llama breeder Andy Tillman; Former Oregon Gov. Theodore Thurston Geer

7) Smith College

Location: Northampton, MA

Undergraduate population: 2,614

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (3): Rep. Jane Harman (D-California); Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Massachusetts); Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

Other Famous Alums: Writer Sally Quinn; Author Sylvia Plath; Cookbook author Julia Child

6) Albion College

Location: Albion, MI

Undergraduate population: 1,738

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (2): Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan); Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Michigan)

Other Famous Alums: Former Newsweek Chairman Richard Mills Smith; Children’s author John Scieszka

5) Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, PA

Undergraduate population: 1,525

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (2): Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland)

Other Famous Alums: World Bank President Robert Zoellick; Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis; Influential Princeton Professor Robert P. George

4) College of the Holy Cross

Location: Worcester, MA

Undergraduate population: 2,933

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (4): Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pennsylvania); Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-New York); Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont); Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia)

Other Famous Alums: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; ESPN sports columnist Bill Simmons; MSNBC host Chris Matthews

3) Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Undergraduate population: 6,602

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (11): Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California); Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana); Sen. Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota); Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon); Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon); Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-California); Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California); Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Illinois); Rep. David Wu (D-Oregon); Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin)

Other Famous Alums: Late Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl; President Herbert Hoover; Actress Sigourney Weaver

2) Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Undergraduate population: 5,275

Congressional Undergraduate Alumni (10): Sen. Joe Lieberman (Ind. – Connecticut); Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida); Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts); Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio); Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island); Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky); Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas); Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas); Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Virginia)

Other Famous Alums: FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith; “Impossible is Nothing” video resume creator Aleksey Vayner; National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr.; Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

  • truebearing

    Harvard sure has lowered its standards. My evidence: Al Franken, Bill Maher, Alan Grayson, just to name a few. (current POTUS not included out of respect for the office of the presidency)

  • polletters

    Al Franken, Chuck Schumer, Alan Grayson, Barney Frank, Sheila Jackson Lee? I guess this disproves the theory that one has to be supper smart to get into Yale & Harvard.

  • bbbeard

    Funny, I would have expected my alma mater — MIT — to make the list somewhere. MIT has such a huge mindshare as the elite university for über-smart geeky people, huge enough that Hollywood can’t resist invoking it whenever they need shorthand for “über-smart geek”.

    Yet DC put universities like, ahem, UT Knoxville and LSU ahead of MIT.

    Maybe there is a disconnect between the people running the country and the people who know how everything works…. It sounds to me that this disconnect deserves a column on its own. Anyone? Anyone? Treacher?


  • dw

    The overall result of all these graduates from these elite colleges is a bankrupted, socialist country. We place and give way to much credence and responsibility to these so called intellectuals who, as stated, have come together to essentially ruin this country.

  • criticalthinker

    Hey, “thephranc” you are absolutely correct. I take a continous poll of black people and every one of them (and I have polled over 50 blacks) have never heard of Thomas Sowell, but they ALL have heard of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan. I feel so sorry for the black people because they will forever be victims until they start to READ AND LEARN,

  • ArianaHuffingPaint

    Whenever I have a case and see that opposing counsel graduated from Harvard or Yale, I jump for joy. If you can say racist, homophobe, islamophobe or abortion is good, you pass with an A. If you screw that up, but can show up for the exam you get a B. Obama got straight C’s.

  • FreedomRocket

    What a crock.

  • chuckshick

    I was waiting all week for my alma mater. Number 4, not bad.

    • theneighborhoodguy

      Funny thing though…mine (Hardknocks U.)has probably graduated more millionaires, billionaires, and successful entrepreneurs than all of the 50 combined…not to be a smart ass, but what does that say about degree=success?

      To me, a degree is only necessary if you want to depend on someone else for your employment. Just saying.

    • Redsrover

      Chuck Shick…lol…

      • chuckshick

        Is that you Danny? Didn’t you go to St. Copius of Northern…?

  • sundanceguy

    California now has three senators???? See Kent Conrad, under Stanford.

    • sundanceguy

      I see it got fixed.

  • thephranc

    Thomas Sowel: One of the greatest men to ever live.