WILLIAMSBURG — In its seventh annual "America's Top College" list, Forbes.com has listed the College of William and Mary as number three in the category of state-supported schools, according to rankings published Thursday.

Overall, Forbes placed William and Mary sixth — up from last year's ranking as ninth — on a list of all public schools, including military academies. Forbes also placed William and Mary at 41st among all public and private institutions, up from 44th in 2013, and 22nd on a list of top research schools.

Forbes along with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity based the rankings on five categories: Student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success. The two entities used data from public sources including the National Center for Education Statistics along with RateMyProfessor.com and PayScale.com.

The rankings identify the 650 best colleges and universities according to Forbes. On the list of state schools, University of California at Berkeley took the top spot and University of Virginia came in second. The number one overall school was Williams College in Massachusetts, followed by Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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