Up-and-Coming Schools

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Up-and-Coming Schools Methodology

In spring 2013, for the sixth year in a row, U.S. News asked the experts who respond to our annual peer assessment survey to identify institutions in their 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life. All of the schools that received the most nominations from top college officials in their ranking peer group for being up-and-coming are listed here.

Rank School
#1 University of Maryland—​Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

#2 Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

#3 Northeastern University

Boston, MA

#3 University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Indiana University-​Purdue University—​Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

#6 George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

#7 Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Clemson University

Clemson, SC

#8 North Carolina State University—​Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

#10 Portland State University

Portland, OR

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