Harvard, William College Top US News & World Report Rankings
Ten Massachusetts universities led by Harvard and seven national liberal arts colleges led by Williams College figure in the US News & World Report’s top 100 rankings of colleges and universities.
Harvard tied for the top spot with Princeton in the rankings of national universities. Williams College topped the rankings of national liberal arts colleges.
U.S. News said it categorized the institutions based on their mission, which is itself derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions as refined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Basic Classification in 2010.
The publication defined national universities as those that “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research.” National liberal arts colleges were described as focusing “almost exclusively on undergraduate education” and awarding “at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences.”
The annual report has come under fire for its ranking methods, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.
Some schools such as Reed College, a Portland, Ore., institution in which Steve Jobs studied, have boycotted the annual report, it said. The school says on its website that it refused to participate in the rankings because of concern in some quarters about "institutions flagrantly manipulating data,” the Times said.
Here is a complete list of Mass. schools in US News & World Report’s top 100 rankings.
Read under ranking, name, location, annual tuition fee for fall 2012, total enrollment and fall 2011 acceptance rate:
#1. Harvard University, Cambridge; $40,866; 19,872; 6.3%
#6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; $42,050; 10,894; 9.7%
#28. Tufts University, Medford; $44,666; 10,775; 21.9%
#31. Boston College, Chestnut Hill; $43,878; 13,906; 28.0%
#33. Brandeis University, Waltham; $43,708; 5,828; 40.0%
#51. Boston University, Boston; $42,994; 32,439; 49.4%
#56. Northeastern University, Boston; $39,736; 19,719; 34.5%
#65. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester; $41,380; 5,778; 56.7%
#83. Clark University, Worcester; $38,450; 3,462; 67.9%
#97. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst; in-state $13,230, out-of-state $26,645; 28,084; 65.6%
Read the complete rankings of National Universities here.
National Liberal Arts and Colleges
Read under ranking, name, location and annual fees:
#1. Williams College, Williamstown; $44,920
#2. Amherst College, Amherst; $44,610
#6. Wellesley College, Wellesley; $42,082
#18. Smith College, Northampton; $41,460
#32. College of the Holy Cross, Worcester; $43,400
#32. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley; $41,456
#60. Wheaton College, Norton; $43,712
Read the complete rankings of colleges here.
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