With the understanding that "best," like "beauty," is in the mind of the beholder, and that the most important element in college selection is to find not the most prestigious but the best "fit," here are the 10 colleges that rise to the top in terms of faculty resources, class size, student-faculty ratio, financial resources, and selectivity. Yes, they are all highly selective -- for good reason. Also weighed in here is feedback from current and former students, which accounts for some highly-touted schools being conspicuously absent, and others slipping in under the radar.
5. MIT and Cal Tech*
8. University of Virginia
9. Notre Dame
* MIT and Cal Tech: Twins. So much the same brand of students and similar environment, except, of course, that one is on the Atlantic and the other on the Pacific.