America’s 15 Best Colleges of 2011
US News & World Report recently released its annual rankings of the best U.S. colleges, based on its 16-factor evaluation of more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.
This year the study put a decidedly stronger emphasis on graduation rates in its ranking factors, which also includes SAT scores, retention rates, selectivity, alumni giving, and reputation among peers. A new addition to the criteria this year was the opinion of high school guidance counselors.
Of public universities, the University of California, Berkeley ranked highest on the list at # 22, while Williams College (Massachusetts) ranked as the top liberal arts school in the U.S., for the second year in a row.
In the report’s “Up and Comers” category, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County earned # 1 among U.S. universities, and an overall ranking of # 159.
America’s 15 Best Colleges of 2011
- Harvard University
- Princeton University
- Yale University
- Columbia University
- Stanford University
- University of Pennsylvania
- California Institute of Technology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Dartmouth College
- Duke University
- University of Chicago
- Northwestern University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Washington University
- Brown University
*source: US News & World Report
The report, compiled annually since 1985 by US News & World Report, is considered one of today’s leading ranking systems on American colleges. The report also has its critics, including Kevin Carey of Education Sector, who is quoted as saying, “The U.S. News ranking system is deeply flawed. Instead of focusing on the fundamental issues of how well colleges and universities educate their students and how well they prepare them to be successful after college, the magazine’s rankings are almost entirely a function of three factors: fame, wealth, and exclusivity.”
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