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2012 College Rankings

September 13, 2011 by USA Post 

2012 College Rankings2012 College Rankings, It’s that time of year again, when the U.S. Press releases its list of the best universities in the country, classified according to a more or less arbitrary formula that generates a reliable news by shuffling some schools up and down others on the list.

Princeton moved into a tie with Harvard for first place this year among national universities, after being second in 2010. Yale and Columbia finished third and fourth five schools tied for fifth. UC-Berkeley was the public institution of higher rank, 21. Among national liberal arts colleges, Williams and Amherst came in 1-2 for the third consecutive year. Harvard was named the “best value” despite its enrollment of 40,000 and a year-and that 61 percent of its students receive financial aid grants.

Methodology takes into account the journal’s reputation, acceptance rates, four-year graduation rates, teacher salaries, donations from alumni, and a lot of other factors that are weighted, summed, resizing, and rounded .

For those tempted to hyperventilate about a particular school place in the standings, the income of the New York Times’ blog The choice college offers a dose of perspective. It notes that although the precise order of schools on the same level is about every way, the ratings come with some data that may be of value to students and parents trying to figure out where to apply. A recent Washington Post profile, Bob Morse of the scholar behind the classification, may also be of interest.

Immediately:

National Universities

1. Harvard

1. Princeton

3. Yale

4. Columbia

5. Caltech

5. MIT

5. Stanford

5. Chicago

5. Penn

10. Duke

National Liberal Arts Colleges

1. Williams

2. Amherst

3. Swarthmore

4. Pomona

5. Middlebury

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