U.S. News & World Report released its 2022 Best Colleges rankings today, featuring 1,466 colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate degrees. It’s the 37th year for the rankings, an indication of its unique staying power and undeniable influence for students, families and the general public.
For the eleventh straight year, Princeton tops the National University list, followed by Columbia, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which all tied for second. Williams College heads up the National Liberal Arts Colleges list, and UCLA once again claimed first place among Top Public Universities.
All the schools in the top 20 for 2021 are in 2022’s top 20, albeit in a slightly different order. This ranking inertia has come to be expected, the product of both institutional stability and – despite small, annual revisions – a largely consistent methodology.
Here are the five top-ranked schools in several major categories, defined by mission.
Best National Universities (392 schools). National universities offer a full range of undergraduate majors in addition to master’s and doctoral degrees. Many also emphasize research.
1. Princeton University
2. Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT (tied)