Wednesday, September 9, 2015

U.S. News Releases 2016 ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

Princeton University ranks No. 1 in U.S. News' 2016 rankings of national universities. Photo: Princeton University
International students: If you’re shortlisting your top choices for colleges in the U.S., you may want to check out the U.S. News & World Report 2016 “Best Colleges” rankings released earlier today.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

These were the top 10 national universities in the U.S. for 2016, according to U.S. News:
1. Princeton University
2. Harvard University
3. Yale University
4. Columbia University
4. Stanford University
4. University of Chicago
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
8. Duke University
9. University of Pennsylvania
10. California Institute of Technology

And these were the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the U.S.:
1. Williams College
2. Amherst College
3. Swarthmore College
4. Bowdoin College
4. Middlebury College
4. Ponoma College
4. Wellesley College
8. Carleton College
9. Claremont McKenna College
9. United States Naval Academy

Keep in mind that a school’s ranking shouldn’t be the only reason you apply and take these rankings with a grain of salt.

U.S. News uses a specific methodology each year to determine these rankings based on a number of factors, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention rates, faculty resources, selectivity of students, financial aid, alumni donations, graduation rate performance, and high school counselor ratings (the last of which only applies to national university and liberal art college rankings).

This year, the methodology underwent a slight change in how it calculates “assessment of excellence.” You can learn more about that on Inside Higher Ed.

Read the full U.S. News & World Report 2016 "Best Colleges" rankings.

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