Georgetown, KY — Georgetown College climbed 80 places from last year to No. 300 on the and Forbes magazine annual “America’s Best Colleges” list that was released earlier this week. The business publication considers just 12 Kentucky institutions among the top 10 percent in the nation and ranks only 650 colleges and universities (out of more than 4,000).

“We at Georgetown College are very encouraged to move up 80 positions in the Forbes rankings,” said Jim Allison, Associate VP College Relations/ Communications & Marketing. “We’re certainly very proud to be included among what Forbes considers the top 650 colleges in America.”

The Kentucky colleges and universities, with this year’s rankings, are:

■ Centre College, 34th

■ Transylvania University, 94th

■ Berea College, 121st

■ Asbury College, 164th

■ Georgetown College, 300th

■ Bellarmine University, 345th

■ University of Kentucky 427th

■ Murray State University, 518th

■ University of Louisville, 579th

■ Western Kentucky University, 591st

■ Eastern Kentucky University, 640th

■ Northern Kentucky University, 644th

Forbes fourth annual report was compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

For the second year in a row, Williams College, a small, western-Massachusetts liberal arts school, has been named as the best undergraduate institution in America.

The rest of the top 10 in order: Princeton University (NJ), United States Military Academy (NY), Amherst College (MA), Stanford University (CA), Harvard University (MA), Haverford College (PA), University of Chicago (IL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), United States Air Force Academy (CO).