Top US colleges and universities

Top US colleges and universities: The US News & World Report for the Best Colleges Rankings 2024 have been released. As a comprehensive guide for prospective students and their families to make well-informed decisions, these rankings assess 1,500 colleges and universities, utilising up to 19 distinct measures of academic quality.

The highlight of this year’s rankings puts an increased emphasis on social mobility and student outcomes upon graduation, marking the most substantial methodological shift in the history of the rankings.

Revised Approach to Ranking Colleges : More than fifty percent of an institution’s placement now comprises different outcome measures concerning the success in enrolling and graduating students from diverse backgrounds, alongside manageable student debt and success after graduation.

Consequently, five parameters, namely class size, faculty with terminal degrees, alumni giving, high school class standing and the proportion of graduates borrowing federal loans, were eliminated from the evaluation process.

The 2024 Best Colleges methodology is calculated using 19 key measures of academic quality applied to National Universities, and 13 for National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, and Regional Colleges.

The formula utilises universally reported data by colleges or obtained from reliable third-party sources, ensuring that an institute’s likelihood of being ranked does not hinge on participating in US News’ surveys.

New Additions to Ranking : In a significant advancement, the Best Colleges rankings now also includes undergraduate economics and psychology degrees. Furthermore, this release features specialised rankings that emphasise highlighting the most innovative colleges, alongside institutions with a significant commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Top US colleges and universities in 2024

Top National Universities 2024
1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3. Harvard University (MA) (tie)
3. Stanford University (CA) (tie)

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

Top Public Schools: National Universities 2024
1. University of California, Berkeley (tie)
1. University of California, Los Angeles (tie)
3. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
5. University of Virginia

Top Public Schools: National Liberal Arts Colleges 2024
1. United States Naval Academy (MD)
2. United States Air Force Academy (CO)
3. United States Military Academy at West Point (NY)

Top Performers on Social Mobility: National Universities 2024
1. California State University, Long Beach
2. California State University, Fullerton (tie)
2. California State University, Riverside (tie)
4. California State University, San Bernardino (tie)
4. University of California, Merced (tie)

Top Performers on Social Mobility: National Liberal Arts Colleges 2024
1. Lake Forest College (IL)
2. Agnes Scott College (GA) (tie)
2. Salem College (NC) (tie)
2. Spelman College (GA) (tie)

Top Ivy League Schools: National Universities 2024
1. Princeton University
2. Harvard University
3. Yale University
4. University of Pennsylvania
5. Brown University

Top Undergraduate Engineering Programmes (with doctorate) 2024
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Stanford University
3. Georgia Institute of Technology (tie)
3. University of California, Berkeley (tie)

Top Undergraduate Engineering Programmes (without doctorate) 2024
1. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
2. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (tie)
2. Harvey Mudd College (tie)

Top Undergraduate Business Programmes 2024
1. University of Pennsylvania
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)
2. University of California, Berkeley (tie)
4. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
5. New York University (tie)
5. University of Texas at Austin (tie)

Top A-Plus Schools for B Students 2024

1. Michigan State University
2. Marquette University
3. University of South Florida
4. University of Iowa
5. Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Top US colleges and universities

US rank 2024  World University Rank 2024  World University Rank 2023 University City State
1  2  =3 Stanford University Stanford California
2  3  5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
3  4  2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
4  6  7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
5  7  6 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
6  9  8 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
7  10  9 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
8  13  13 The University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
9  15  15 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
10  16  14 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
11  17  =11 Columbia University New York City New York
12  18  21 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
13  20  20 Cornell University Ithaca New York
14  23  23 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
15  24  28 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
16  25  =26 University of Washington Seattle Washington
17  26  25 Duke University Durham North Carolina
18  27  24 New York University New York City New York
19  28  =26 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
20  34  32 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
21  36  38 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
22  42  48 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
23  52  50 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
24  59  63 University of California, Davis Davis California
25  63  81 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
26  =64  61 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
27  68  57 Washington University in St Louis St Louis Missouri
28  69  64 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
29  72  69 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
30  74  65 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
31  78  =71 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
32  85  =101 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
33  86  127 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
=34  =92  =95 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
=34  =92  98 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
36  =99  112 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
37  =106  =82 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
38  114  =104 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
39  =116  106 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
40  118  181 Texas A&M University College Station Texas
41  =119  147 Rice University Houston Texas
42  122  =151 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
43  =123  191 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Worcester Massachusetts
44  132  =151 University of Florida Gainesville Florida
45  133  154 University of Rochester Rochester New York
46  =138  =148 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
47  =145  144 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
48  =155  180 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
49  =161  123 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
50  =164  134 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio