Best College Rankings and Lists

National University Rankings

Schools in the National Universities category, such as the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

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National Liberal Arts College Rankings

Among the National Liberal Arts Colleges are schools like Pomona College and Bowdoin College, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.

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Regional Universities Rankings

Regional Universities offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs. Regional Universities include Providence College, Elon University, Creighton University and Santa Clara University. These rankings are split into 4regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

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Regional Colleges Rankings

These colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Regional Colleges include Messiah College, High Point University, Taylor University and the California Maritime Academy. These rankings are split into 4regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

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University of Pennsylvania

Best Undergraduate Business Programs

These undergrad business programs were ranked solely on a peer assessment survey conducted in spring 2013. To appear on this survey, the undergraduate business program must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

These undergrad engineering programs were ranked solely on a peer assessment survey conducted in spring 2013. 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.

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (where doctorate is highest degree)

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (where doctorate not offered)

Spelman College

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking

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 be a school that is currently part of the 2014 Best Colleges rankings.

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Carleton College

Best Undergraduate Teaching

Many colleges have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates instead of graduate-level research. Based on a survey conducted in spring 2013, all the schools on these lists are ones that received the most votes from top college administrators for paying a particular focus on undergraduate teaching.

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University of California—Berkeley

Top Public Schools

These are the highest ranked public colleges and universities in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings, listed according to their ranking category.

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Yale University

High School Counselor Rankings

In spring 2013, we asked counselors from a nationwide sampling of public high schools in the 2013 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.

High School Counselor Rankings of National Universities

High School Counselor Rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Academic Programs to Look For

This is the 11th consecutive year that U.S. News is publishing a list of schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success. With the help of education experts, including staff members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, we identified eight such types of programs. In spring 2013 we invited college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools to nominate up to 10 institutions with stellar examples of each program type. Colleges and universities that were mentioned most often are included in these lists, in alphabetical order.

Unranked Specialty Schools

Colleges that offer most or all of their degrees in fine arts, performing arts, business or engineering are listed here as specialty schools. One hundred percent of students at the Juilliard School in New York, for example, major in the performing arts (music, dance or drama). These schools are not ranked, since each category is so small. Comparative data in a few key areas can be found in the tables, including freshman retention rates and tuition.

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