The website of the U.S. News and World Report provides lists of college and university names through its yearly ranking of top institutions of higher education. As of 2015, these lists include National Universities Rankings, Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings, Regional Universities Rankings, Regional Colleges Rankings and Best Value Schools.
The National Universities Rankings list ranks the top universities in the United States for the year on the basis of a variety of factors. As of 2015, the top five universities on the list are Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stamford University. In addition to naming top universities, U.S. News and World Report provides a snapshot of basic institution information and reasons for each school's inclusion in the list, these factors including graduation and retention rate, quality of the academics, student support services and student/faculty ratio.
In addition to lists of names in its national rankings list, U.S. News and World Report also provides regional rankings lists that provide university names for a select region. The Regional Universities Rankings list divides into a North, South, Midwest and West list. Each region has top-ranking institutions in the region. For example, the top five schools on the Midwest list are Creighton University, Butler University, Drake University, Bradley University and Valparaiso University.