On Monday, the US News & World Report released its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the country. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education jointly publish an annual ranking of colleges and universities in the United States.
The U.S. College & University Ranking System has attracted criticism both inside and outside higher education in Canada and the U.S. Some higher education experts, such as Kevin Carey at Education Sector, argue that the US News and World Reports university ranking system is simply a litany of criteria reflecting the surface characteristics of elite colleges and universities.
The Center to Measure Institutional Effectiveness has been ranking U.S. research universities on its “Best American Research Universities” rankings since 2000. Major educational publications rank the University of Chicago among the worlds best universities. A leading education publication ranks Yale among the top five universities of the world.
In fact, Yale is 13th worldwide for its graduate employment reputation–one of the best-performing U.S. universities in the Top 10. Princetons research output is among the highest in the world, earning it a perfect score of 100 in its Citations Per Faculty rankings. Princeton truly offers high-quality education, particularly through their amazing faculty, some of whom are Nobel Prize winners.
The University of Pennsylvania has four academic schools for undergraduates, including Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, as well as the Stanford School of Public Policy. Located in Philadelphia, Penn is among other institutions that are well known in life sciences and medicine, being the #1 ranking of this years first-ever rankings of top nursing schools worldwide. Yale University has 14 constituting schools, an original undergraduate college, Yale University School of Graduate Arts and Sciences, and 12 professional schools.
With an undergraduate population of approximately 56,299, Illinois State University is the sixth-largest public university in the U.S. in terms of enrollment. Florida International University is Floridas 2nd largest higher education institution, behind University of Central Florida, and is also the nations 4th largest university by student enrollment. Although Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago are among the best universities in the U.S., Harvard is not the largest higher education institution by student enrollment.
The universities that are near the top of the rankings are concentrated in those popular destinations that are known to have great higher education opportunities; five of the top universities are in California and Massachusetts. California is the most heavily represented state in Best U.S. Universities, with 15 institutions, followed by New York Citys 13, Texass 12, and Massachusettss 10. There are 181 universities and colleges in the United States that rank among the top universities worldwide, and therefore, no matter where you wish to study in the United States, you are never too far from a top-ranked university.
All the schools that make it into the top 10 cost the student somewhere in the range of $56,000-ish per year for a student attending Harvard University, all the way up to $63,000-ish for Columbia. The advantage is that highly selective universities also have very high graduation rates, with only the California Institute of Technology having graduation rates lower than 90%, most at more than 95%.
Unlike some other universities near the top of the list, Harvard is regarded for arts and humanities, at least as much as it is for sciences and engineering, and perhaps even more. Harvard is the best U.S. university, it is one of the nations, if not the worlds, most prestigious academic institutions. While its international student body is certainly one measure Harvard can improve, it is still near the top for several other criteria — it has established Harvard not just as one of the best universities in the nation, but the world. Despite its high ranking, Harvard still falls short in the race for international student populations, with international students making up just 15% of its total enrollment.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, dropped a couple spots in the Top 10, but it still retains its spot at No. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has taken over the top global spot, holding on to its 1st place position for 8 years. MIT and Stanford maintain their top 3 positions from previous years on QS World Rankings. In the QS rankings, MIT led their top 100 university lists by scoring 100, and the University of Oxford led its top 100 lists by an aggregate 95.7.
These perfect scores contributed heavily to Stanfords ranking as the second best in the nation, as well as in the world. The University of Pennsylvania cracked this years Top 10, and it is safe to say its student-to-faculty ratio and academic reputation contributed significantly to its ranking at No. Princeton University maintained its place as the nations top-ranked university, thanks in part to its student-to-faculty ratio of only four students per faculty member, along with its high retention rate.
Harvard is probably the most famous university in the world, topping the Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings for the majority of years. Stanford is located in the heart of famous Silicon Valley, is particularly known for its Stanford Business School — it has alumnus community filled with amazing entrepreneurs, and has ranked at the top for environment on the world rankings.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, U.S. News created its 37th annual Best Colleges nationwide rankings. Since 2020, Quacquarelli Simonds (QS) has published a U.S.-based annual university ranking, which has a different methodology than its annual ranking of international universities. Global Language Monitor produces the TrendTopper MediaBuzz rankings of the top 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. twice per year.