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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2011 U.S. News College Rankings

U.S. News Logo At 12:01 this morning, U.S. News & World Report released its 2011 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges (along with their 2008-2010 rankings):

2011

Rank

 

National Universities

2010

Rank

2009

Rank

2008

Rank

1

Harvard

1

1

2

2

Princeton

1

2

1

3

Yale

3

3

3

4

Columbia

8

8

9

5

Penn

4

6

5

5

Stanford

4

4

4

7

Cal-Tech

4

6

6

7

MIT

4

4

7

9

Chicago

8

8

9

9

Dartmouth

11

11

11

9

Duke

10

8

8

12

Northwestern

12

12

14

13

Washington (St. Louis)

12

12

12

13

Johns Hopkins

14

15

14

15

Cornell

15

14

12

15

Brown

16

16

14

17

Rice

17

17

17

17

Vanderbilt

17

18

19

19

Notre Dame

20

18

19

20

Emory

17

18

17

21

Georgetown

23

23

23

22

UC-Berkeley

21

21

21

23

Carnegie-Mellon

22

22

22

23

USC

26

27

27

25

UCLA

24

25

25

25

Virginia

24

23

23

25

Wake Forest

28

28

30

2011

Rank

 

Liberal Arts Colleges

2010

Rank

2009

Rank

2008

Rank

1

Williams

1

1

1

2

Amherst

2

1

2

3

Swarthmore

3

3

3

4

Middlebury

4

5

5

4

Wellesley

4

4

4

6

Bowdoin

6

6

7

6

Pomona

6

6

7

8

Carleton

8

8

5

9

Davidson

8

9

9

9

Haverford

10

10

10

11

Claremont-McKenna

11

11

11

12

Vassar

11

11

11

12

Wesleyan

13

13

11

14

Smith

18

18

17

14

Washington & Lee

14

17

15

16

U.S. Military Academy

14

14

22

16

U.S. Naval Academy

19

22

20

18

Grinnell

14

14

11

18

Hamilton

21

20

17

18

Harvey Mudd

14

14

15

21

Bates

25

25

24

21

Colgate

19

18

17

23

Colby College

22

24

22

23

Oberlin

22

20

20

23

Scripps

25

27

28

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I am surprised that the US Military Academy is classed as a 'Liberal Arts College' merely because it focuses on undergrads. The vast majority of Cadets are engineering majors of one type or another, and there is a requirement of at least an engineering minor.

That said, it is probably a better actual liberal arts education (due to the broad and serious core course requirements) than almost any of the actual liberal arts colleges.

Posted by: Daedalus Mugged | Aug 17, 2010 2:26:07 PM

Harvey Mudd is a pure engineering college...one of the absolute best in the country. students of the same calibre as caltech and MIT...yet still liberal arts

Posted by: who | Aug 18, 2010 2:34:37 PM

USC should not be in the top 25.

Posted by: confused | Aug 18, 2010 4:03:57 PM

WTF is Michigan?

Posted by: anon | Aug 18, 2010 9:19:46 PM

I have to be the only Academy grad asking two questions:

1. Seriously . . . Haverford over Navy? Vassar over Army?

2. Where the heck is Air Force?

Posted by: Ross Perot | Aug 18, 2010 10:41:45 PM

Roar Lions Roar!

Posted by: Simon | Aug 19, 2010 6:22:24 AM

Can you take this seriously when Michigan isn't on the list and Wake Forest is?

Posted by: J | Aug 19, 2010 7:36:15 AM

Stop ranking colleges. Just go to the college that is best value for you.

Posted by: Brandon | Aug 19, 2010 9:42:50 AM

Why does Berkeley come out consistently in the top 3 for most graduate program rankings (not law or business school), and rank 22 as an undergraduate institution?

Hasn't any one else ever questioned this discrepancy?

I mean if they have a Top 3 English, Physics, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and on and on grad program, why such a drop off in the quality of the undergraduate program?

The undergraduate rankings obviously skew in favor of private schools. Virginia barely makes the list and where's Michigan!

Posted by: Tim | Aug 19, 2010 9:58:53 AM

Michigan and UVA are much better than UCLA, which does not deserve to be in the top 25.

Posted by: Scott | Aug 20, 2010 3:34:19 PM

UCLA absolutely does deserve to be in the rankings.

Posted by: Bill | Sep 6, 2010 11:26:41 AM

Simon, way off on Wake Forest. They have an exceptional undergraduate program.

Posted by: . | Sep 13, 2010 7:53:16 PM