U.S. News Names Annual Best Colleges in the Country
More than a dozen PA schools made top 100 Best Universities and Best Liberal Arts Colleges lists
U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual rankings of the top public and private universities and colleges in the country. Number one among public universities this year: Princeton University in New Jersey, which beat out Harvard (#2) and Columbia (#3) for the top spot.
Source: Harvard Public Affairs and Communications
Among liberal arts colleges, Williams College in Massachusetts came in first, followed by Amherst, and Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA, the highest ranking Pennsylvania school on either list.
Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh-area schools that made the top 100 national universities are:
3. Swarthmore College
8. University of Pennsylvania
25. Carnegie Mellon University
49. Villanova University
53. Lehigh University
59. Penn State
70. University of Pittsburgh
Read the whole top universities list here .
We bet CMU grads aren't too concerned about their school being #25 on the list (Image: Carnegie Mellon University)
Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh-area schools that made the top 100 liberal arts colleges are:
11. Haverford College
27. Bryn Mawr College
36. Bucknell University
36. Franklin and Marshall College
36. Lafayette College
49 Gettysburg College
51. Dickinson College
76. Allegheny College
81. Muhlenberg College
86. Juniata College
Read the whole best liberal arts colleges list here .
Historic Bentley Hall was built in 1820 � five years after Allegheny, the nation�s 32nd oldest college, was founded (Image: Allegheny College/Bill Owen)
U.S. News says their rankings provide a good starting point when you're comparing schools. The four overall rankings National Universities , Liberal Arts Colleges , Regional Universities and Regional Colleges are based on factors that indicate academic quality, such graduation rates and faculty resources.
(Featured Image: Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite)