Princeton University remains No. 1 in the best national universities category and Williams College is the best national liberal arts college in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings.
The annual survey, released today, analyzes data from more than 18,000 U.S. colleges and universities, of which 1,374 are ranked.
Princeton University was followed closely by Harvard University. The University of Chicago tied with Yale University for the third best national college this year. Columbia University and Stanford University tied for fifth place.
Amherst College ranked No. 2 in the national liberal arts colleges category, followed by Wellesley College. Middlebury College and
Swarthmore College tied for fourth place.
The top public university was the University of California (Berkeley). The University of California (Los Angeles) and the University of Virginia tied for second place. The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) is ranked fourth and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) is ranked fifth.
The institutions receive rankings based on more than a dozen measures of academic quality. The rankings emphasize student outcomes, including graduation and retention rates. U.S. News made a slight change in the way it factors class size in the methodology, creating one index measure representatives for publication say more accurately reflects the varying class sizes across campuses.
The full rankings can be viewed on the U.S. News and World Report website.