The 2019 “US News & World Report” ranking is out. As our loyal readers know very well, many publications put out college rankings. College rankings sell magazines. But the kingpin of all the rankings is, without question, the “US News & World Report” college ranking. In parts of our world like in China and South Korea, the “US News & World Report” college ranking is considered by many parents and students alike to be the college admissions bible — and it’s not like parents and students here in the United States don’t also place enormous importance on the ranking. They sure do. So now that our readers have been told once again for good measure just how important these rankings are to students, parents, and — yes — colleges, are you wondering which schools are jumping for joy today and which schools aren’t in such a good mood?
Princeton Tops 2019 “US News” Ranking
For the seventh consecutive year, Princeton University has topped the “Best National Universities” ranking by “US News & World Report.” Heck, it’s like back in the day when “Modern Family” would always win the Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy Series.” For the sixth consecutive year, Harvard University has finished second. Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, and Yale University all tied for third. Yes, four schools can claim third prize in the 2019 ranking.
Placing seventh is Stanford University. Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania finished in eighth. Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University tied for tenth. California Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College tied for 12th. Brown University and Vanderbilt University finished in 14th, while Cornell University and Rice University placed 16th. University of Notre Dame holds the 18th slot, while University of California – Los Angeles and Washington University in St. Louis both finished in 19th, rounding out the top 20.
Among national liberal arts colleges, for the tenth consecutive year, Williams College has claimed the grand prize. Amherst College follows right behind in second. Swarthmore College and Wellesley College have placed third. Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, Carleton College, and Pomona College all placed fifth.
Among public schools, it’s the University of California – Los Angeles (#1) over University of California – Berkeley (#2). Placing third is the University of Virginia, while the University of Michigan has placed fourth. University of California – Santa Barbara and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have tied for fifth.
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