High School Counselor Rankings

National Universities

High School Counselor Rankings Methodology

In spring 2013, we asked guidance 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. They rated the universities on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the top score) or marked "don't know" if they were unfamiliar with that particular college. The two most recent years of survey results, from spring 2012 and spring 2013, were averaged to compute the high school counselor reputation score used in this ranking.

Rank School High school counselor score (out of 5)
#1 Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

4.9
#1 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

4.9
#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

4.9
#1 Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

4.9
#1 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

4.9
#1 Yale University

New Haven, CT

4.9
#7 Brown University

Providence, RI

4.8
#7 Columbia University

New York, NY

4.8
#7 Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

4.8
#7 Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

4.8
#7 University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

4.8
#12 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

4.7
#12 Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

4.7
#12 Duke University

Durham, NC

4.7
#12 Georgetown University

Washington, DC

4.7
#12 University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

4.7
#12 University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

4.7
#12 Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

4.7
#19 Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

4.6
#19 University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

4.6
#21 College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

4.5
#21 Emory University

Atlanta, GA

4.5
#21 Rice University

Houston, TX

4.5
#21 Tufts University

Medford, MA

4.5
#21 University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

4.5
#21 University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

4.5
#21 University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

4.5
#21 Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

4.5
#29 Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

4.4
#29 New York University

New York, NY

4.4
#29 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

4.4
#29 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

4.4
#29 Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

4.4
#34 George Washington University

Washington, DC

4.3
#34 Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

4.3
#36 Boston University

Boston, MA

4.2
#36 Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

4.2
#36 Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

4.2
#36 Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

4.2
#36 Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

4.2
#36 University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

4.2
#36 University of Wisconsin—​Madison

Madison, WI

4.2
#43 Fordham University

New York, NY

4.1
#43 Northeastern University

Boston, MA

4.1
#43 Ohio State University—​Columbus

Columbus, OH

4.1
#43 Pennsylvania State University—​University Park

University Park, PA

4.1
#43 Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

4.1
#43 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

4.1
#43 University of California—​Davis

Davis, CA

4.1
#43 University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Champaign, IL

4.1

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