The highly-anticipated list of the United States’ best colleges by U.S. News was released on Monday. The “2014 U.S. News Best Colleges” listing is published in an effort to assist students and parents make the best decision possible when deciding which school should get their business.
After all, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed in the past year that a full-time worker with a bachelor’s degree earns an average of $414 more each weak than a person with no more than a high school education. Additionally, a college graduate with a four-year degree, according to data, is approximately twice as likely to be employed as a person with no more than a high school education.
Therefore, college – in spite of a bad rap due to costs in recent years – is still being considered a good investment by many economists and experts in the field of data analysis. Admittedly, however, with the high cost of a good education at this time, choosing the best college is more important than ever.
The latest list of best colleges by U.S. News gives data on approximately 1,800 colleges and universities, including the school’s tuition costs, all-important class sizes, the school’s acceptance and graduation rates, and even the average debt of the students upon graduation – and even more data.
Based on 16 various categories or factors, weighted at various amounts due to importance, the top ten on the lists follow. The first list is comprised of the national universities in the United States, and the second list is comprised of the national liberal arts colleges in the nation.
The Ten Best Colleges: National University Rankings
- Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey
- Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
- Columbia University in New York City, New York
- Stanford University in Stanford, California
- University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
- Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California
The Ten Best Colleges: National Liberal Arts College Rankings
- Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts
- Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts
- Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
- Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine
- Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont
- Pomona College in Claremont, California
- Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota
- Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
- Claremont KcKenna College in Claremont, California
- Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina
The national liberal arts colleges are school which emphasize undergraduate education and have at least half of their degree programs in the liberal arts fields of educational study.