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U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2021 Best Colleges Rankings

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert 511 replies3156 threads CC Admissions Expert
"U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today unveiled the 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges. As students and schools across the nation grapple with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. News remains committed to providing data-driven information and guidance to help prospective students and their families understand their higher education options.

'The pandemic has affected students across the country, canceling commencement ceremonies and switching classes from in person to remote,' said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. 'Whether students have slightly altered their college plans or changed them entirely, it remains our mission to continue providing students and their families with the tools they need to help find the right school for them.'

This year's edition includes several updates to the Best Colleges methodology that address important issues directly impacting students and their families. These new measures look at timely topics such as student debt, social mobility, and test-blind admissions policies. In this edition, U.S. News:" ...

https://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/press-room/articles/2020-09-14/us-news-announces-the-2021-best-colleges-rankings
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  • stacysmom21stacysmom21 58 replies2 threads Junior Member
    thank you!
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2827 replies48 threads Senior Member
    edited September 14
    “Global authority” is a bit presumptuous. Most well-know, most-often-referenced - sure.

    Authority:
    “ the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.

    a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere.”

    But it will still be interesting to review, and I’m sure some will crow or fret about moving three positions.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11912 replies161 threads Senior Member
    edited September 14
    National Universities:

    1) Princeton
    2) Harvard
    3) Columbia

    4) MIT
    4) Yale

    6) Stanford
    6) Chicago

    8 )UPenn

    9)Northwestern
    9) Johns Hopkins
    9)CalTech

    12) Duke
    13) Dartmouth College

    14) Brown
    14) Vanderbilt

    16) Rice
    16) WashUStL

    18) Cornell
    19) Notre Dame
    20) UCLA
    21) Emory
    22) UCal-Berkeley
    23) Georgetown

    24) Michigan
    24) USC

    26) Carnegie Mellon (CMU)
    26) Virginia

    28) UNC-Chapel Hill
    28) Wake Forest (WFU)

    30) NYU
    30) Tufts
    30) UC-Santa Barbara
    30) University of Florida
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  • PublisherPublisher 11912 replies161 threads Senior Member
    @warblersrule : Interesting observation regarding Duke University. Nevertheless, its current ranking seems about right when examining the list of universities ranked ahead of Duke.
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  • sushirittosushiritto 5589 replies21 threads Senior Member
    ND has slipped from #15 (circa 2017, I believe) to #18 for the past couple years and is now #19.

    USC has slipped from #21 in 2018 to #24 in 2021.

    Michigan has now moved up from #27 in 2019 to #25 in 2020 and now in 2021 is ranked #24, tied with USC.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11912 replies161 threads Senior Member
    edited September 14
    Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs):

    1) Williams College
    2) Amherst College
    3) Swarthmore College

    4) Pomona College
    4) Vassar College

    6) Bowdoin College
    6) Claremont McKenna College (CMC)
    6) US Naval Academy at Annapolis

    9) Carleton College
    9) Hamilton College
    9) Middlebury College
    9) Washington & Lee University

    13) Grinnell College
    13) Vassar College

    15) Colby College (lots of new facilities)
    15) Davidson College
    15) Haverford College
    15) Smith College
    15) US Military Academy at West Point

    20) Colgate University
    20) Wesleyan University

    22) Barnard College
    22) Bates College
    22) University of Richmond

    25) Colorado College (almost unique--Cornell College in Iowa--one course at a time)
    25) Harvey Mudd College (hardworking genius environment)

    27) Macalester College--great urban location

    28) Bryn Mawr
    28) Kenyon College--cozy, gorgeous campus
    28) Scripps College
    28) Soka University of America
    28) US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs--(how is the USAFA not ranked among the the top 10 ?)

    33) Berea College--a school deserving of praise for its mission and execution of that goal

    34) Bucknell University--large for an LAC at almost 3,600 students

    36) College of the Holy Cross
    36) Oberlin College
    36) Pitzer College
    36) Skidmore College

    40) Lafayette College
    40) Occidental
    40) Thomas Aquinas

    43) Franklin & Marshall

    44) Denison University
    44) Trinity College--actively increasing diversity
    44) Union College

    47) DePauw--Greek life is huge
    47) Dickinson College
    47) University of the South at Sewanee--breathtaking mountain location
    47) Whitman College--located in Washington state

    51) Connecticut College--located near the ocean & near the US Coast Guard Academy

    52) Centre College
    52) Furman University--fairly conservative, beautiful campus, lots of partial scholarships awarded each year, Division I athletics

    54) Bard College
    54) Gettysburg College
    54) Hillsdale College
    54) Rhodes College
    54) St. Lawrence University
    54) Wabash College--(small, all male school in Indiana)

    Interesting that highly regarded Lawrence University in Wisconsin is ranked at #63.
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  • TennisParentTennisParent 215 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Publisher wrote: »
    National Universities:

    1) Princeton
    2) Harvard
    3) Columbia

    4) MIT
    4) Yale

    6) Stanford
    6) Chicago

    8 )UPenn

    9)Northwestern
    9) Johns Hopkins
    9)CalTech

    12) Duke
    13) Dartmouth College

    14) Brown
    14) Vanderbilt

    16) Rice
    16) WashUStL

    18) Cornell
    19) Notre Dame
    20) UCLA
    21) Emory
    22) UCal-Berkeley
    23) Georgetown

    24) Michigan
    24) USC

    26) Carnegie Mellon (CMU)
    26) Virginia

    28) UNC-Chapel Hill
    28) Wake Forest (WFU)

    30) NYU
    30) Tufts
    30) UC-Santa Barbara
    30) University of Florida

    @publisher, can you provide the National Liberal Arts Colleges list as well?
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  • PublisherPublisher 11912 replies161 threads Senior Member
    edited September 14
    Top Ten Most Expensive Schools measured by tuition & fees:

    1) Columbia University--$64,380 for tuition & fees

    2) Kenyon College--$61,100

    3) Franklin & Marshall College--$61,062

    4) Vassar College--$60,930

    5) Amherst College--$60,890--offers a tremendous amount of financial aid, however.

    6) Colorado College--$60,864

    7) Tufts University--$60,862

    8) Brown University--$60,696

    9) Duke University--$60,488

    10) Boston College--$60,202

    These figures do NOT include costs for room & board, books, transportation, & personal expenses.
    edited September 14
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  • PublisherPublisher 11912 replies161 threads Senior Member
    @TennisParent: Yes, see post #7 above.
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  • 1Rubin1Rubin 56 replies9 threads Junior Member
    For 2020-21, the typical student expense budget at Amherst College includes but not limited to:

    Comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board): $75,800
    Other student fees (student activities, campus center programs and residential governance): $1,000
    Health insurance* (may be waived): $2,358
    Tuition insurance (may be waived): $118 (per semester) ***
    Books and supplies (estimated): $1,000
    Personal expenses (estimated): $1,800
    Travel/Transportation** (estimated; varies by location): $50-$2,500
    Cost of attendance: $82,008 – $84,458
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  • ExpertOnMistakesExpertOnMistakes 97 replies1 threads Junior Member
    It's always nice to see my alma mater moving up the regional rankings, even if nobody cares about the regional rankings.
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  • Data10Data10 3445 replies11 threads Senior Member
    edited September 14
    1Rubin wrote: »
    For 2020-21, the typical student expense budget at Amherst College includes but not limited to:

    Comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board): $75,800
    ...
    According to the 2019-20 CDS, most Amherst students claimed FA with an average grant size of $59k. I'm sure the numbers will be higher this year. If most students claim grant-based FA and receive such large grants, it is misleading to imply the 'typical student expense" is $76k. Instead a minority of students have such high expenses... generally students who are quite wealthy.
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  • sunnnycasunnnyca 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Berkeley behind WashU, Emory, Rice, Vandy, JHU, Notre Dame and Northwestern? No way...
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  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi 10470 replies109 threads Senior Member
    edited September 14
    ^^^^^It’s been that way for years. Are you just visiting USNWR rankings for the first time? The bigger surprise is when UCLA overtook them in the recent past.
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  • sunnnycasunnnyca 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Yeah, we have not paid attention. Makes no sense to me....
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  • Twoin18Twoin18 2265 replies21 threads Senior Member
    rjkofnovi wrote: »
    ^^^^^It’s been that way for years. Are you just visiting USNWR rankings for the first time? The bigger surprise is when UCLA overtook them in the recent past.

    As the saying goes, Berkeley is the University of California’s past, UCLA is the University of California’s present, and (some add), Irvine is the University of California’s future.
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  • CasablancaFanCasablancaFan 29 replies5 threads Junior Member
    From the Amherst website below - if 60% receive financial aid then 40% of students do not. Health insurance can only be waived if you provide evidence of your own insurance. All students must be covered. For those accepted financial aid or not it is a top notch education!

    Nearly 60% of our students receive financial aid. Our average financial aid award last year was more than $58,000. So the majority of our students pay less – often far less – than the cost of attendance.


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