The list only includes accredited colleges, which helps to ensure that they meet a very high standard of educational quality. The colleges on the list are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which strives to foster excellence through evaluating institutions for performance, integrity, and academic quality.
The colleges were evaluated on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then they calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. The University of Utah scored a 98.78.