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September 14, 2020

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2021 Best Colleges Rankings for the USA

The New edition ranks test-blind schools and includes measures of student debt at graduation.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2020 — U.S. News & World Report today unveiled the 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges in the USA. U.S. News said it remains committed to providing data-driven information and guidance to help prospective students and their families understand their higher education options as students and schools across the nation grapple with the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts.

“The pandemic has affected students across the country, canceling commencement ceremonies and switching classes from in-person to remote,” said Kim Castro, editor, and chief content officer of U.S. News. “Whether students have slightly altered their college plans or changed them entirely, it remains our mission to continue providing students and their families with the tools they need to help find the right school for them.”

This year’s edition includes several updates to the Best Colleges methodology that addresses essential issues directly impacting students and their families. These new measures look at timely topics such as student debt, social mobility, and test-blind admissions policies.

For the 2021 rankings, Princeton University is once again No. 1 among National Universities, and Williams College remains in the top spot among National Liberal Arts Colleges. For Top Public Schools, the University of California—Los Angeles is No. 1 among National Universities. The United States Naval Academy ranks No. 1 for Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

This 36th edition of Best Colleges evaluates more than 1,400 colleges and universities on 17 academic quality indicators. The data used in the 2021 Best Colleges rankings pertain to student and faculty cohorts that predate the pandemic.

2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

National Universities - Top 10

  1. Princeton University (N.J.)
  2. Harvard University (M.A.)
  3. Columbia University (N.Y.)
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, (M.A.)
  5. Yale University, New Haven, (C.T.)
  6. Stanford University, Stanford, (C.A.)
  7. University of Chicago, Chicago, (I.L.)
  8. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, (P.A.)
  9. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, (C.A.)
  10. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, (M.D.)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  1. Williams College (M.A.)
  2. Amherst College (M.A.)
  3. Swarthmore College (P.A.)

Top Public Schools

National Universities - Top 3

  1. University of California—Los Angeles
  2. University of California—Berkeley
  3. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  1. United States Naval Academy (M.D.)
  2. United States Military Academy (N.Y.)
  3. The United States Air Force Academy (C.O.)

Top Performers on Social Mobility

National Universities - Top 3

  1. University of California—Riverside
  2. University of California—Irvine
  3. Rutgers University—Newark (N.J.)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  1. College of Idaho
  2. Lake Forest College (I.L.)
  3. Thomas Aquinas College (CA)

U.S. News & World Report is a leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Founded in 1933, U.S. News has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report

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