Western Washington University is No. 309 on Forbes magazine's annual list of America's top colleges.
Some 650 schools were rated for student satisfaction, post-graduate success, graduation rate and academic success in the 2014 list compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., ranked first, followed by Stanford University and Swarthmore College.
WWU ranked eighth among 10 Washington state colleges and universities that made the list. Whitman College in Walla Walla was tops in Washington at No. 47, followed by the University of Washington at No. 73.
Trailing WWU were Seattle Pacific University at No. 326 and Washington State University at No. 370. No Washington state schools made Forbes' companion list of Top 25 Best Value Colleges or Top 25 Best Private Colleges.
The rankings appear in the Aug. 12 issue of Forbes magazine, which is online now at Forbes.com.