Best College Rankings and Lists
Schools in the National Universities category, such as Columbia University and Stanford University, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research. Full rankings »
Among the National Liberal Arts Colleges are schools like Amherst College and Middlebury College, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study. Full rankings »
Regional Universities offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs. Regional Universities include Villanova University, The Citadel, Butler University, and Gonzaga University. These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest, and West. Full rankings »
These colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Regional Colleges include Cooper Union, Florida Southern College, Ohio Northern University, and Carroll College. These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest, and West. Full rankings »
Factors considered in the Most Connected Colleges ranking include the percentage of housing units with free Wi-Fi and the highest Internet bandwidth available to undergraduates on campus. These are the top schools offering advanced Internet connections and online resources. Full rankings »
These undergrad business programs were ranked solely on a peer assessment survey conducted in spring 2012. To appear on this survey, the undergraduate business program must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Full rankings »
These undergrad engineering programs were ranked solely on a peer assessment survey conducted in spring 2012. The accredited programs are split into two groups: schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a doctorate and schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor's or master's.
These historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were compared only with one another for these rankings. To qualify for the U.S. News ranking, an HBCU must be an undergraduate baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must have been a school that was currently part of the 2013 Best Colleges rankings. Full rankings »
Many colleges have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates instead of graduate-level research. Based on a survey conducted in spring 2012, all the schools on these lists are ones that received the most votes from top college administrators as paying a particular focus on undergraduate teaching. Full rankings »
These are the highest ranked public colleges and universities in the 2013 Best Colleges rankings, listed according to their ranking category. Full rankings »
In spring 2012, we asked counselors from a nationwide sampling of public high schools in the 2012 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings that were gold, silver, or bronze medal winners, as well as from the largest private independent schools nationwide, to tell us which National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges they think offer the best undergraduate education to their students.