Duke Ninth in Latest US News Rankings

Why JUST ranks top

CU Boulder maintains high marks among college rankings for 2017, 2018

Princeton University is No. 1 on the Best National Universities list for the seventh year in a row. And West Point leapfrogged Annapolis on the liberal arts college ranking.

Although this university hold the QS world rank of 33, it has been listed as the fourth best university for electrical and electronic engineering.

U.S. News & World Report examined 187 colleges and universities overall in its Best Regional Universities North category, including 42 that are listed alphabetically in the second tier.

U.S. News rewards schools that spend more per student, and have a more elite student body, according to Politico's report.

"We are thrilled that so many of our SUNY campuses have again received favorable rankings by U.S. News and World Report", she says. Meanwhile, a national political website took the ranking to task this year, saying its rankings promote inequality.

U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in academic excellence, including first-year student retention and graduation of students, peer assessment, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduate rate performances, which is the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who do. "Not everyone is interested in a high-salaried career".

With only slight changes in methodology, U.S. News tends to get very similar results year to year. In the list, Stanford University held the top position, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles.

But tiny statistical ripples can lead to intriguing variations. The popular rankings give Tulane high marks in numerous categories, noting it as a national research university known for the innovation of its curriculum, its focus on student success, its welcoming of veterans and its dedication to public service. But it shares that distinction this year for the first time with UCLA, a school in rising demand. For the third straight year, Hampton is third among historically black colleges and universities.

Within 311 national universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees considered by the magazine - public, private as well as professional - UNL ranked 124th, down from No. 111 previous year.

ULM is among only 311 institutions of higher learning in the National Universities category. "That vision remains as clear today as ever, and is reflected by Clemson's inclusion among the top 25 public universities every year for the past decade". That's up two places from last year's 135th ranking. It's also the only of the three to be located in an urban setting (New York City).

UConn has been steadily climbing the ranks since 2000, when it was number 38 among public universities.

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