American website U.S. News has officially released its much-anticipated Best Colleges Rankings for 2018.
Big name Ivy League schools somewhat unsurprisingly dominated the top 10 in the National Universities category, with Princeton and Harvard taking out the top two places, followed by Yale in equal third with the University of Chicago.
These are schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, masters and doctoral programmes.
To come to its conclusions for “best” colleges out of some 1,388 institutions that are ranked, U.S. News gathered data on each college according to up to 15 indicators of academic excellence.
Accordingly, the top National Universities in the United States are:
Next ranked were Dartmouth College, John Hopkins University and Northwestern University ranked equal 11th, followed by Brown University, Cornell University, Rice University and Vanderbilt University which were tied for 14th place.
In terms of National Liberal Arts Colleges – which tend to focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education – the top 10 are:
10. Davidson College
U.S. News’ college rankings have however come in for criticism in recent years, and for 2018 that is no exception.
A piece published in the Chronicle of Higher Education argued that people should “stop looking at rankings” and “use academe’s own measures instead”, while a Politico op-ed argued the rankings “promote economic inequality on campus.”