Princeton University has taken top spot among US national universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014 rankings
Alexander Hall, Princeton University
The institution finished first in the annual rankings, ahead of Harvard, after finishing joint first with its Ivy League rival last year.
In the separate U.S. News ranking of national liberal arts colleges, Williams College finished first, as it did last year.
U.S. News says its rankings allow comparisons between institutions “based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention, graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty”.
Changes to the methodology in this year’s rankings include lowering the weighting for “student selectivity” from 15 per cent of a college’s total to 12.5 per cent, following criticisms from some quarters.
In the national universities ranking, Stanford University rose to fifth, up from joint sixth last year.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology fell one place to joint seventh, from joint sixth last year.
Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania rose from joint eighth last year to joint seventh this year.
Meanwhile, in the national liberal arts colleges ranking, Bowdoin College in Maine rose from joint sixth to joint fourth.
Davidson College in North Carolina rose from joint twelth to joint ninth.
Among historically black colleges and universities, Spelman College in Georgia was rated first.
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014 top 100
|5||University of Chicago||94|
|7||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||92|
|7||University of Pennsylvania||92|
|10||California Institute of Technology||91|
|12||Johns Hopkins University||89|
|14||Washington University in St. Louis||87|
|18||University of Notre Dame||83|
|20||University of California, Berkeley||79|
|23||Carnegie Mellon University||76|
|23||University of California, Los Angeles||76|
|23||University of Southern California||76|
|23||University of Virginia||76|
|23||Wake Forest University||76|
|28||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||74|
|30||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||72|
|32||William and Mary||69|
|32||New York University||69|
|32||University of Rochester||69|
|36||Georgia Institute of Technology||67|
|37||Case Western Reserve University||66|
|37||Pennsylvania State University||66|
|39||University of California, Davis||65|
|39||University of California, San Diego||65|
|41||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||64|
|41||University of California, Santa Barbara||64|
|41||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||64|
|41||University of Wisconsin-Madison||64|
|47||University of Miami||63|
|49||University of California, Irvine||62|
|49||University of Florida||62|
|52||George Washington University||61|
|52||Ohio State University||61|
|52||University of Texas at Austin||61|
|52||University of Washington||61|
|57||University of Connecticut||60|
|60||Southern Methodist University||59|
|60||University of Georgia||59|
|62||Brigham Young University, Provo||58|
|62||University of Maryland, College Park||58|
|62||University of Pittsburgh||58|
|62||Worcester Polytechnic Institute||58|
|69||Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey||56|
|69||Texas A&M University||56|
|69||University of Minnesota||56|
|69||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||56|
|73||Michigan State University||54|
|73||University of Iowa||54|
|75||Miami University, Oxford||53|
|75||University of Delaware||53|
|82||Stevens Institute of Technology||52|
|82||Stony Brook University||52|
|82||Texas Christian University||52|
|82||University of Vermont||52|
|86||SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||51|
|86||University of Alabama||51|
|86||University of California, Santa Cruz||51|
|86||University of Colorado, Boulder||51|
|86||University of Tulsa||51|
|91||Colorado School of Mines||50|
|91||Florida State University||50|
|91||University of Denver||50|
|91||University of Massachusetts, Amherst||50|
|91||University of San Diego||50|
|97||Binghamton University, State University of New York||49|
|97||University of Missouri||49|
|97||University of New Hampshire||49|