Déjà Vu: Princeton & Williams College Ranked Best Schools In America Again

September 10, 2014  |  

They’ve done it again. Princeton University and Williams College have once again been named the best schools in America, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings. Based on the degrees and research opportunities they offer, US News & World Report ranks U.S. universities and liberal arts colleges in two separate listings.

This is the second year in a row that Princeton University was atop the list and it was the 12th (yes, 12th) year that Williams College was ranked the best liberal arts college, reports Business Insider.

U.S. News changed its methodology last year to emphasize “outcome-related measures” and still these schools were highest ranked. The new measures include graduation and retention rates and now account for 30 percent of a school’s ranking. Incorporating graduation rate performance data for all schools “improves the Best Colleges ranking methodology as it’s an important outcome measure that focuses on the difference between each school’s predicted graduation rate … and its actual graduation rate, ” US News said last year.

This latest edition of  Best Colleges has info on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide and new this year. U.S. News also published campus crime and security data reported by schools to the U.S. Department of Education.

Following Princeton in the top 10 on the national universities listing were (in order): Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of Chicago (the preceding three tied for fourth place), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University and University of Pennsylvania tied for eighth, and California Institute of Technology.*

The leading liberal arts colleges after Williams College rated in the top 10 for 2015 were:  Amherst College, Swarthmore College, Wellesley College, Bowdoin College, Pomona College, Middlebury College, Carlton College, Claremont McKenna College, and Haverford College.

*Correction: We’ve added a note about the schools that were tied for their positions on the list.

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