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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

2013 U.S. News College Rankings

2013U.S. News & World Report today released its 2013 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges (along with their 2010-2012 rankings): 

2013

Rank

 

National Universities

2012

Rank

2011

Rank

2010

Rank

1

Harvard

1

1

1

1

Princeton

1

2

1

3

Yale

3

3

3

4

Chicago

5

9

8

4

Columbia

4

4

8

6

MIT

5

7

4

6

Stanford

5

5

4

8

Duke

10

9

10

8

Penn

5

5

4

10

Cal-Tech

5

7

4

10

Dartmouth

11

9

11

12

Northwestern

12

12

12

13

Johns Hopkins

13

13

14

14

Washington (St. Louis)

14

13

12

15

Cornell

15

15

15

15

Brown

15

15

16

17

Rice

17

17

17

17

Vanderbilt

17

17

17

17

Notre Dame

19

19

20

20

Emory

20

20

17

21

UC-Berkeley

21

22

21

21

Georgetown

22

21

23

23

Carnegie-Mellon

23

23

22

24

USC

23

23

26

24

UCLA

25

25

24

24

Virginia

25

25

24

27

Wake Forest

25

25

28

 

2013

Rank

 

Liberal Arts Colleges

2012

Rank

2011

Rank

2010

Rank

1

Williams

1

1

1

2

Amherst

2

2

2

3

Swarthmore

3

3

3

4

Pomona

4

6

6

4

Middlebury

5

4

4

6

Bowdoin

6

6

6

6

Wellesley

6

4

4

8

Carleton

6

8

8

9

Haverford

10

9

10

10

Clermont-McKenna

9

11

11

10

Vassar

14

12

11

12

Davidson

11

8

8

12

Harvey Mudd

18

18

14

14

Washington & Lee

12

14

14

14

U.S. Naval Academy

14

16

19

16

Hamilton

17

18

21

17

Wesleyan

12

12

13

18

Colby

21

23

22

18

Colgate

21

21

19

18

Smith

19

14

18

18

U.S. Military Academy

14

16

14

22

Bates

21

25

25

22

Grinnell

19

18

14

24

Macalester

 

 

 

24

Scripps

 

 

 

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So, Emory University didn't drop with its "corrected data"...or, is it? Without independent audits of these self-reported numbers, the rankings will always be suspect.

Posted by: Woody | Sep 12, 2012 8:35:25 AM

Ranking as to what? I disagree with rankings on a general basis as they show no indication of certain programs and mislead the public that school A is better then school B. These rankings are subjective for the most part and lack objectivity-but what do you expect from a newspaper. The sad part is people and academia embrace them. I know for a fact that the University of Texas at Dallas has the top chess program in the U.S. (along with Texas tech) and objectively they would wipe the top ten schools listed in the "news" rankings off the map. However, these are teams from the "south" not the "northeast" and we would not want to "bias" the preconception that people from the south are more ignorant than the northeastern establishment-By the way I will put my money where my "mouth from the south" is..I will give $10,000 to any of the top 5 schools if their chess team can beat UT Dallas.

Posted by: Nick Paleveda MBA J.D LL.M | Sep 13, 2012 4:55:01 AM

Was that a serious post Nick? Chess team? really?

I do not disagree for one moment that the rankings are arbitrary, nor that they show a bias towards the Northern schools (and I concede this being a Penn alum, one of the schools that certainly benefits from such bias).

However, these rankings are about the overall university, not any 1 particuar program (program rankings also exist). The general consensus is that they are fairly accurate as far as putting schools into a general tier or range. Again I have to ask, were you really serious in making your point based on chess?

Posted by: Todd | Sep 13, 2012 5:35:11 AM