Newsweek/The Daily Beast has released its rankings of the nation's best colleges for 2011. The rankings were based on a variety of measures, ranging from data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics and the College Board, to student assessments in the College Prowler. Following are some of the top performers in the rankings:

Lawrence University - In its 2011 college rankings, Newsweek/The Daily Beast named Lawrence the country's 18th most rigorous college or university, ahead of Ivy League universities such as Princeton (20th) and Yale (23rd), as well as Stanford (25th). In a list of the colleges with the most accessible professors, Lawrence is ranked 21st nationally.

University of Georgia - UGA made the top 10 in two categories: Most Beautiful (8th) and Healthiest (10th). In the category in which UGA placed 12th-Future Politicians-Newsweek collected numbers on how many graduates of these institutions have become president or are a current U.S. senator or representative.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - It is ranked 23rd for healthiest, 9th for most beautiful, 8th for future politicians, and 22nd for the greenest campus.

Bryn Mawr College - It is ranked as a top school in a number of categories such as: Accessible Professors (6); Most Rigorous (24); Most Service-Oriented (17); Activists (16).

Mount Holyoke College - Ranked 12th on the list of the country's most academically rigorous schools, ahead of six of the eight Ivy League colleges, including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. It is also rated as the tenth best school for student activists.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Rated as the 11th happiest school in America. In its evaluation of SMU, they gave the University A's for housing and nightlife.

* Suggested Reading:

Forbes Best Colleges 2011

Newsweek/Kaplan College Guide 2010

Washington Monthly 2011 College Ranking

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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