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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2019 U.S. News College Rankings

US NewsU.S. News & World Report has released its 2019 College Rankings. Here are the Top 25 National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges (along with their 2016-2018 rankings):

2019

Rank

 

National Universities

2018

Rank

2017

Rank

2016

Rank

1

Princeton

1

1

1

2

Harvard

2

2

2

3

Chicago

3

3

3

3

Columbia

5

5

4

3

MIT

5

7

7

3

Yale

3

3

3

7

Stanford

5

5

4

8

Duke

9

8

8

8

Penn

8

8

9

10

Johns Hopkins

11

10

10

10

Northwestern

11

12

12

12

Cal-Tech

10

12

10

12

Dartmouth

11

11

12

14

Brown

14

14

14

14

Vanderbilt

14

15

16

16

Cornell

14

15

15

16

Rice

14

15

18

18

Notre Dame

18

15

18

19

UCLA

21

24

23

19

Washington (St. Louis)

18

19

15

21

Emory

21

20

21

22

Georgetown

20

20

21

22

UC-Berkeley

21

20

20

22

USC

21

23

22

25

Carnegie Mellon

25

24

23

25

Virginia

25

24

26

Pepperdine is ranked #46 (tied with Georgia and Illinois).

2019

Rank

 

Liberal Arts Colleges

2018

Rank

2017

Rank

2016

Rank

1

Williams

1

1

1

2

Amherst

2

2

2

3

Swarthmore

3

4

3

3

Wellesley

3

3

4

5

Bowdoin

3

6

5

5

Carleton

8

7

8

5

Middlebury

6

4

4

5

Pomona

6

7

4

9

Claremont McKenna

8

9

9

10

Davidson

10

9

9

11

Grinnell

18

19

19

11

Haverford

18

12

12

11

Smith

12

12

12

11

Vassar

12

12

12

11

Washington & Lee

10

11

14

16

Colgate

12

12

19

16

Hamilton

18

12

14

18

Colby

12

12

19

18

Harvey Mudd

12

12

14

18

U.S. Military Academy

12

19

22

18

Wesleyan

21

21

14

22

Bates

23

 

25

22

Soka 

 

 

 

22

U.S. Naval Academy

21

12

9

25

Barnard

     
25

Richmond

23

 

 

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Comments

Yale is still paying for the negative publicity attending its various PC adventures

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Sep 12, 2018 4:53:17 AM

These silly rankings need to go into the dust bin of history. Universities should be generally evaluated by student quality, selectivity, graduate outcomes, faculty reputation in the field and unique program offerings. Some of the schools on this list are outstanding by those dimensions, and others are far far below.

Posted by: JM | Sep 12, 2018 6:27:37 AM

SIlly purpose-built rankings designed to reward the already-elite for their elite status; it's a shame employers and grad school pay attention to this pap. To give readers an idea of how stupidly gameable USNWR is, the undergrad part of the university where I went to law school made it their 'mission' to climb up the rankings about a little over a decade ago. In pretty short order they went from outside the Top 150 in the National University rankings to in the low 40s. How? By gaming every possible metric, from the admissions rate ("attract to reject" schemes) to class size (let's arbitrarily limit all upper class enrollment to 19 students regardless of the effect it has on major requirements, etc) to glad-handing fellow reviewers to boost the prestige-o-meter. Their measures were so extreme that article about them were written in WSJ and Boston Magazine.

Meanwhile in the Forbes rankings, which are output based (student debt, starting salaries, % of grads getting advanced degrees or with Fulbright or Rhodes Scholarships, etc), said university is mired somewhere in the 300s, even as most of the top USNWR National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges populate the top of the Forbes list.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 12, 2018 9:27:16 AM

It still floors me that the military colleges are counted as liberal arts schools.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Sep 12, 2018 7:18:26 PM

Each year, this "statistics" charade grows increasingly ridiculous.

Posted by: urbancounsel | Sep 13, 2018 9:01:19 AM

I want to see the list of EARNINGS per graduate... broken down by degree as well... too many of these "Elite" schools churning out worthless degrees with a side of misguided social justice... we need to get back to the real world.

Posted by: Pete Charleston | Sep 13, 2018 12:04:57 PM

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