Before applying to college, many students will look through U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. The higher the ranking, the higher the prestige. And hopefully, higher the starting salary.

And who wouldn’t want to attend a high-ranked college or university? From graduation on, that school’s name will stick to your resume. And if there is anything you can do to improve your school’s ranking, you should. It would essentially improve your credentials as well.

So today is a good day.

Forbes has released its take on the college ranking system, basing 25% of the rankings on 7 million student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the Web site

Let me repeat. Based on what you and your peers wrote on the infamous RateMyProfessors.

So maybe instead of bashing that professor for a low B, you should commend them for the greatest semester of your life. That is, if anyone actually reads Forbes.

[Forbes' Top 50 U.S. Colleges, via AboveTheLaw & Althouse]

A quick “top 10″ comparison between the two rankings after the jump.

Forbes’ Top 10:
1. Princeton
2. California Institute of Technology
3. Harvard
4. Swarthmore
5. Williams
6. U.S. Military Academy
7. Amherst
8. Wellesley
9. Yale
10. Columbia

U.S. News & World Report’s Top 10:
1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Yale University(CT)
4. Stanford University(CA)
5. University of Pennsylvania
5. California Institute of Technology
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
8. Duke University(NC)
9. Columbia University(NY)
9. University of Chicago