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These Are the 10 Best National Universities and Liberal Colleges in the U.S.

The same names have dominated the lists for years now.
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The release of the annual rankings of the best colleges in the United States has always been a highly anticipated event for the schools, the student body and alumni, and more importantly, the parents of potential students who are on the hunt for the best schools to send their children. These particular rankings claim to be suitable for families “concerned with finding the best academic value for their money.”  This year, the U.S. News and World Report, one of the more credible agencies that issues a yearly ranking, has factored in salary data of graduates into its analytics.

Altering the methodology to include a few new factors has little or no effect on two names that were already at the forefront for years. For the seventh year in a row, Princeton University takes the top spot on the Best National University list, while Williams College leads in the ranking of the Best Liberal Arts College for the 15th time.  

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To calculate the ranking, U.S. News bases the information on first-year student retention, graduation rates,  the strength of the faculty, and 12 other indicators of academic excellence from each college. Many schools tie in a spot together and in this case, are listed alphabetically. See the top 10 below.

10 Best National Universities

1. Princeton University

2. Harvard University

3. University of Chicago (tie)

3. Yale University (tie)

5. Columbia University (tie)

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)

5. Stanford University (tie)

8. University of Pennsylvania

9. Durham University

10. California Institute of Technology

See the full list here.

10 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

1. Williams College

2. Amherst College

3. Bowdoin College (tie)

3. Swarthmore College (tie)

3. Wellesley College (tie)

6. Middlebury College (tie)

6. Pomona College (tie)

8. Carleton College (tie)

8. Claremont McKenna College (tie)

10. Davidson College (tie)

10. Washington and Lee University (tie)

 See the full list here.

h/t: Washington Post

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