2019 U.S. News Best College Rankings, Plus The Best Value Universities List

It’s that time of the year again, U.S. News & World Report has released their annual “Best Colleges” report.

U.S. News & World Report analyzed data on as many as 16 measures of academic quality from more than 1,800 schools across the United States. The 2019 report is different in last year’s list because the methodology put a higher emphasis on student outcomes, which held the most weight — 35 percent. Another change from previous years is that they also eliminated acceptance rate as a rankings factors. Another addition is the graduation rates of low-income students.

For the eighth straight year, Princeton was named as the Best National University, followed by Harvard, then the University of Chicago and Yale were tied for #3, and Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford were all tied for fifth. Williams College is unbeatable as it was named the Best National Liberal Arts College for the 16th straight year.

California dominated the list of public schools with five of the top 10 learning institutions in the Golden State. The University of California—Berkeley and the University of California—Los Angeles were tied for the title of the Best Public National University.

“International students looking to study in the U.S. can begin their search with the Best Colleges platform, which provides the in-depth information students need to make a well-informed choice about their education,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “Using the rankings as a starting point, students should look beyond the top 20 and focus on the school that best fits their goals, which includes whether a school offers their major, is in a large city or rural location, has academic support services, is graduating students at high levels and more.”

U.S. News & Report also offers lists on top schools for international students, best regional schools, best undergraduate engineering programs, best regional colleges, A-Plus Schools for B Students National Universities, and more.

National Universities:

1. Princeton University

2. Harvard University

3. University of Chicago (tie)

3. Yale University (tie)

5. Columbia University (tie)

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)

5. Stanford University (tie)

National Liberal Arts Colleges:

1. Williams College

2. Amherst Colleges

3. Bowdoin College (tie)

3. Swarthmore College (tie)

3. Wellesley College (tie)

Public National Universities:

1. University of California—Berkley (tie)

1. University of California—Los Angeles (tie)

3. University of Virginia

4. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

5. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

Best Value Schools:

National Universities
1. Princeton University

2. Harvard University

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Liberal Arts Colleges
1. Williams College

2. Pomona College

3. Amherst College

Check out the entire list of Best Colleges at U.S. News and World Report.