A report released Aug.14 by Forbes.com on America's Best Colleges ranked West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, the sixth best in American colleges on the quality of the education the Academy provides and how much its students achieve.

As the "best public college," as well as the most "surprising" top pick, West Point may be the finest, yet most undervalued, educational experience in America.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity staff gathered data from a variety of sources basing 25 percent of the rankings on seven million student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the Web site RateMyProfessors.com. Another 25 percent depends on how many of the school's alumni, adjusted for enrollment, were listed among the notable people in Who's Who in America.

The other half of the ranking were based equally on three factors; the average amount of student debt at graduation held by those who borrowed; the percentage of students graduating in four years; and the number of students or faculty, adjusted for enrollment, who have won nationally competitive awards like Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes.

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To see the complete rankings go to http://www.forbes.com/ or to see the specific West Point listing at: http://www.forbes.com/home/2008/08/13/best-universities-colleges-oped-college08-cx_mn_de_0813best_slide_6.html'thisSpeed=15000

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