College Rankings Flush with Bay State Schools

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By Sam Drysdale
State House News Service

Once again, U.S. News and World Report proved that there’s a reason Massachusetts is known for higher education.

The media company released its 2022-2023 rankings Monday, September 13, and perennial heavyweights M.I.T. and Harvard University were again among the top national universities.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was listed as the second-best university in the country for the second year in a row, behind Princeton in the Number 1 spot. Its neighbor, Harvard, tied for third place with Stanford and Yale.

Four other Boston-area universities were toward the top of the list of national universities:  Tufts at Number. 32, Boston College at Number 36, Boston University at Number 41 and Northeastern University at Number 44 — meaning all four Beanpot schools secured a top 50 spot.

Among the 277 public universities evaluated in the Best College rankings, UMass Amherst was listed as Number 26, tied with Texas A&M and the University of Connecticut. At Number 26, UMass retains its same position as last year, and has now been ranked as a top public university nine straight years.

Massachusetts remains a clear leader in liberal arts studies, representing three of the top five colleges in the category. Williams College earned the top spot for the second year in a row, while Amherst College came in right behind at Number 2 and Wellesley College was listed as the Number 5 liberal arts college in the nation.

The U.S. News rankings are based on several weighted factors, such as graduation rate, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, retention rates, alumni giving, student debt, and student selectivity. 


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