Forbes Magazine places UC Davis 23rd among public colleges and 99th overall in its annual ranking.
UCD also ranks 17th in the west and 52nd among research schools.
The magazine places the U.S. Military Academy No. 1 on the public college list. Among California institutions, UC Berkeley is second (22nd overall), UCLA seventh (34th) and UC Santa Barbara 21st (94th).
In the overall rankings — which include public and private institutions — Stanford University tops the list, followed by Pomona College, Claremont in second — ahead of Ivy League universities Princeton, Yale and Columbia.
Forbes says its rankings emphasize “output over input.” It based them on post-graduate success (37.5 percent), student satisfaction (22.5 percent), student debt (17.5 percent), graduation rate (11.25 percent) and nationally competitive awards (11.25 percent).
Its “post-graduate success” figure draws on alumni salary figures from payscale.com and a “leader’s list” from its ranking partner, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. “Student satisfaction” includes scores from the website RateMyProfessor and both actual and predicted freshman-to-sophomore retention rates reported to the U.S. Department of Education.
The magazine’s print edition is due out Aug. 12. Rankings are also available at http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges.