Forbes ranked Pomona College as the second best college in America, coming in just after winner Stanford University on its list of America's Top Colleges.
Pomona College, a private liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif., ranked second overall, second in private colleges and second in the West. The school was established in 1887 and received a financial grade of "A+" from Forbes.
Princeton University, Yale University and Columbia University rounded out the top five.
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In the Golden State, only California Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley joined Pomona and Stanford in the top 25 schools.
The 650-college list is based on the magazine's analysis, based on 12 factors, of student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt loads, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards won by students.
To see the complete list of top colleges, click here: Forbes Top Colleges
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