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

 

Earlier in this month, the U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, disclosed the 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges. The coronavirus pandemic has affected the current students in various schools and universities as well as prospective students to a great extent. It has posed new challenges and factors for students who have plans to study abroad. The following information is data-driven and thus beneficial to understand higher education options.

The latest edition of the U. S. News has included updated methodology to shortlist Best colleges. This methodology is inclusive of issues which impact students and their families directly. For instance, new procedures consider timely topics such as social mobility, student debt, and examine-blind admissions policies.

  • The U.S. News has added two new ranking indicators: 1) Average amount of accumulated federal loan debt among full-time undergraduate prospects, and 2) Percentage of full-time undergraduates (borrowed federal loans) in a graduating class
  • New graduate indebtedness indicators, such as graduation and retention rates, and social mobility – now account for 40% of the Best Colleges methodology, up from 35% last year.
  • Historically, Black Colleges and Universities 2021 ranking is modified with these two new graduate indebtedness indicators and reducing the weights for student excellence and alumni giving.
  • Earlier the schools which did not make use of SAT or ACT scores in their admissions process are now included in the rankings.
  • Computer science programs have a new ranking, which means over 400 schools are added. 

The 36th edition of Best Colleges in U.S. News evaluates more than 1,400 colleges and universities on 17 indicators of academic quality
 

2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

National Universities – Top 3
1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Columbia University (NY)
 
National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. Williams College (MA)
2. Amherst College (MA)
3. Swarthmore College (PA)

 

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 (MD)
2. United States Military Academy (NY)
3. United States Air Force Academy (CO)
 

Top Performers on Social Mobility

National Universities – Top 3
1. University of California—Riverside
2. University of California—Irvine
3. Rutgers University—Newark (NJ)
 
National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. College of Idaho
2. Lake Forest College (IL)
3. Thomas Aquinas College (CA)
 

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