US News and World Report Releases Annual Ranking of US Colleges and Universities

April 15th, 2010 by IEFA

Each year, US News and World Report ranks thousands of US colleges and universities based on a number of factors, school input and research. Although many critics continue to attack rankings in general and the US News approach in particular, there is no doubt that it is the most influential of all college rankings. (See our previous blog posts discussing problems with college rankings and an alternate approach to college ranking.)

Today, US News released their new rankings. Harvard and Stanford tied for number one overall among US business schools, while Thunderbird Global School of Management took top honors in the International speicalty among US business schools. MIT was tops for engineering graduate schools; Yale for law school; Harvard for medical school – research, and the University of Washington (Seattle) for medical school – primary care.

For national undergraduate university rankings, Harvard and Princeton tied for top honors.

Many of the top names will be familiar to international students; however, there are many other categories of rankings that showcase excellent schools that may not be so well known around the world. For instance, Bowdoin College and Pomona College are tied for 6th in the Liberal Arts category – excellent, well-respected schools in the US, but not as well known internationally; and St. Mary’s College of Maryland and New College of Florida are ranked 4th and 5th among public liberal arts schools.

To see all of the rankings and data, visit

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