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September 22, 2021

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings 2022

WSJ, THE, College Rankings

WSJ, THE, College Rankings

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London/New York, September 22, 2021 — The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Ranking uses 15 performance indicators. It strives to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families. For example, how likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans, and get a good job? Does the college have plenty of resources to teach me properly? Would I be engaged and stretched in the classroom and get good access to my teachers? Is there a diverse campus community?

The 2022 ranking includes almost 800 colleges/universities.

Harvard University tops the table for the fifth year in a row. At the same time, Stanford University climbs two places to second, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University drop one place to third and fourth, respectively.

Johns Hopkins University is the only newcomer in the top 10, ranking at the joint ninth place (up from 11th), while Emory University is the only newcomer in the top 20.

The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is the top public university for the second year in a row.

One new institution joins the table this year: the United States Military Academy, which ranks 47th.

• The student-focused WSJ/THE College Rankings differ considerably from the THE World University Rankings, which emphasize research excellence on a global scale.

All ranked institutions have an overall score and four pillar scores. However, for each pillar, only institutions ranked in the top 400 overall, or the top 400 in that pillar, have a publicly visible score.

The ranking adopts a balanced scorecard approach, with 15 individual performance indicators combined to create an overall score that reflects the broad strength of the institution.

Data comes from various sources: the U.S. government (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System - IPEDS), the College Scorecard, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the THE US Student Survey, the THE Academic Survey, and the Elsevier bibliometric dataset.

• WSJ/THE Ranking Methodology

The overall methodology explores four key areas:

• Resources (30%)

Does the college have the capacity to deliver teaching effectively? The Resources area represents 30 percent of the overall ranking. Within this, WSJ/THE look at:

• Engagement (20%)

Does the college effectively engage with its students? Most of the data in this area come from the THE US Student Survey. The Engagement area represents 20 percent of the overall ranking. Within this, WSJ/THE look at:

• Outcomes (40%)

Does the college generate reasonable and appropriate outputs? Does it add value to the students who attend? The Outcomes area represents 40 percent of the overall ranking.

Within this, WSJ/THE looks at:

• Environment (10%)

Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students? Does it make efforts to attract a diverse student body and faculty? The Environment area represents 10 percent of the overall ranking. Within this WSJ/THE looks at:

• Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings 2022

• TOP 100

• 101-200

• 201-300

• 301-400

• 401-500

• 501-600

• > 600

Sources: The Wall Street Journal & Times Higher Education.

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