10 Best Colleges in the US

Harvard is best overall; University of Michigan tops among public schools
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2020 4:45 PM CDT
10 Best Colleges in the US
Harvard's campus at night. The school comes in first in a new ranking of American universities.   (Getty/jorgeantonio)

It's an unusual year for colleges, but a new ranking by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education has a familiar theme: Ivy League schools dominate, thanks largely to their deep pockets. The rankings take into account a number of factors, including graduates' salaries and debt, how much the school spends on teaching, and diversity of students and staff. In the latest assessment, Harvard leads the way overall for the fourth straight year. Among public schools, the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus ranked highest at No. 23. Read on for the top 10:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Yale University
  4. Stanford University
  5. Brown University
  6. Duke University
  7. California Institute of Technology
  8. Princeton University
  9. Cornell University
  10. Northwestern University
See the full rankings here, which include breakdowns of various categories. (More colleges and universities stories.)

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