U.S. News & World Report lists the top US colleges and universities

The US News and World Reports have released their Best Colleges Rankings for 2024, which significantly change the focus on student outcomes and social mobility. These rankings evaluate 1,500 colleges and universities using up to 19 unique measures of academic excellence as an extensive tool for prospective students and their families to make informed decisions.

This year’s rankings feature the most significant methodological modification in the rankings’ history, placing a greater emphasis on advancement in society and student outcomes after graduation.

More than fifty percent of institutions’ placement now comprises different outcomes that concern the success of enrolling and graduating students from different backgrounds. However, there were five parameters that used to play a crucial role: size, alumni giving, proportion of graduates borrowing federal loans, high school standing, and faculty with terminal degrees. These parameters are now eliminated from the evaluation process.

The Best Colleges for 2024 are calculated using 19 key measures of academic quality to calculate the results for national universities. Also, for calculating rankings for National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Colleges, and Regional Universities, 13 key measures are adopted.

Add-on to the rankings:

The Best Colleges rankings also include undergraduate economics and psychology degrees. Moreover, the majority of rankings are based on the most innovative colleges and institutions with a significant commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Top Public Schools:

National Universities 2024

National Liberal Arts Colleges 2024

University of California, Berkeley, and Los Angeles (tie)

United States Naval Academy (MD)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

United States Air Force Academy (CO)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States Military Academy at West Point (NY)

Top Performers on Social Mobility: 

National Universities 2024

National Liberal Arts Colleges 2024

California State University, Long Beach

Lake Forest College (IL)

California State University, Fullerton, and Riverside (tie)

Agnes Scott College (GA) (tie)

California State University, San Bernardino (tie)

Salem College (NC) (tie)

University of California, Merced (tie)

Spelman College (GA) (tie)


Top Undergraduate Engineering Programmes: 2024


With Doctorate

Without Doctorate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Stanford University

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (tie)

Georgia Institute of Technology (tie)

Harvey Mudd College (tie)


Top Ivy League Schools: National Universities 2024
1. Princeton University

  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Brown University

Top National Universities in 2024:
1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  1. Harvard University (MA) (tie), and Stanford University (CA) (tie)

Top National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024:
1. Williams College (MA)
2. Amherst College (MA)
3. United States Naval Academy (MD)

The US News and World Report College Rankings 2024 are released almost every year on the basis of surveys and considering many factors.

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