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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2017 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report today released its 2017 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges (along with their 2014-2016 rankings):

2017

Rank

 

National Universities

2016

Rank

2015

Rank

2014

Rank

1

Princeton

1

1

1

2

Harvard

2

2

2

3

Chicago

3

4

5

3

Yale

3

3

3

5

Columbia

4

4

4

5

Stanford

4

4

5

7

MIT

7

7

7

8

Duke

8

8

7

8

Penn

9

9

8

10

Johns Hopkins

10

12

12

11

Dartmouth

12

11

10

12

Cal-Tech

10

10

10

12

Northwestern

12

13

12

14

Brown

14

16

14

15

Cornell

15

15

16

15

Notre Dame

18

18

18

15

Rice

18

19

18

15

Vanderbilt

16

17

17

19

Washington (St. Louis)

15

15

14

20

Emory

21

21

20

20

Georgetown

21

21

20

20

UC-Berkeley

20

20

20

23

USC

23

25

23

24

Carnegie Mellon

23

25

23

24

UCLA

23

23

23

24

Virginia

26

23

23

Pepperdine is ranked #50 (tied with Florida, Penn State, and Villanova, above #54 Ohio State and University of Washington).

2017

Rank

 

Liberal Arts Colleges

2016

Rank

2015

Rank

2014

Rank

1

Williams

1

1

1

2

Amherst

2

2

2

3

Wellesley

4

4

7

4

Swarthmore

3

3

3

4

Middlebury

4

7

4

6

Bowdoin

5

4

6

7

Carleton

8

8

7

7

Pomona

4

5

4

9

Claremont McKenna

9

8

9

9

Davidson

9

11

9

11

Washington & Lee

14

14

14

12

Colby

19

15

22

12

Colgate

19

22

20

12

Hamilton

14

15

14

12

Haverford

12

8

9

12

Smith

14

19

20

12

U.S. Naval Academy

9

13

12

12

Vasser

12

11

13

19

Grinnell

19

19

17

19

U.S. Military Academy

22

24

27

21

Harvey Mudd

14

15

16

21

Wesleyan

14

15

22

23

Scripps

 

24

25

24

Colorado

25

 

 

24

Macalester

23

24

24

24

Oberlin

23

23

25

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Comments

Chicago tied with Yale at #3 is surprising - as recently as the late 1990's, Chicago accepted 40% of its applicants. It's amazing what monomaniacal dedication towards lowering the acceptance rate does for lowering the acceptance rate. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention that multiple articles have been written about Northeastern's absurd focus on improving in US News by any means necessary, which has paid off in spades both in the rankings and in the president's bonus checks. And I would be equally remiss if I failed to mention that in the Forbes College rankings, which is output-focused (average student debt, starting salaries, % of grads in advanced degree programs or with Fulbrights/Rhodes/etc, and so forth) where as US News is input-focused (GPA, SAT/ACT, acceptance rate, peer rating, etc), Northeastern languishes down at #215. Interesting, eh?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 13, 2016 8:56:39 AM

Anyone who would rather attend Chicago than Columbia or Stanford for undergraduate studies should speak with me about some excellent real estate deals involving large bridges and Florida swampland.

Posted by: Rob T. | Sep 16, 2016 3:54:21 PM