A new college ranking released by ranks George Fox University in the top 25 percent of “America’s best colleges.”

Forbes ranked 569 out of the approximate 4,000 colleges in the United States, focusing on those it described as “the top 15 percent or so of all undergraduate institutions.” Princeton, Cal Tech and Harvard took the top three spots. George Fox ranked 131st, second among Oregon colleges behind Reed College (No. 64). Rounding out the state’s top five are Lewis & Clark College (No. 170), Pacific University (No. 184) and Willamette University (No. 210).

Among West Coast institutions in the 105-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, George Fox received the highest ranking.

The Forbes rankings and methodology are posted online at the site. According to Forbes, its ranking system is designed to stress the outputs of a college education rather than the inputs stressed by the U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The Forbes ranking was created by Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.