US News releases annual US college and university rankings

September 10, 2014

The US News and World Report has released its annual ranking of US colleges. Princeton University was named the best in the US, followed by Harvard and Yale. Williams College (Massachusetts) ranked as the best liberal arts college in the country, with Amherst (MA) and Swarthmore (Pennsylvania) rounding out the top 3. The University of California-Berkley, UCLA, and the University of Virginia were the top 3 public universities, and US Naval Academy (Maryland), US Military Academy (New York), and US Air Force Academy (Colorado) the top public liberal arts colleges. Harvard was identified as delivering the best value among national universities, followed by Princeton and Yale; Amherst, Williams, and Pomona (California) took the top 3 spots for best value among liberal arts colleges. The US News rankings are based on student selectivity, faculty resources (including class size and faculty salary), graduation rates, and peer assessment. Spending on instruction and alumni giving are also considered. Full Rankings | Wall Street Journal