Every year, U.S. News and World Report publishes a list of the best colleges in America on its website. It bases the rankings on a variety of factors, including undergraduate academic reputation, degrees and programs offered, faculty resources, student retention and graduation rate performance.
Some of the top universities in its 2015 rankings include Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford. University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke and Penn also rank high on the list. The U.S. News and World Report website also offers a list of the top liberal arts colleges in America. Schools on this list focus on undergraduate education and must award at least 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts areas.
The Princeton Review publishes the annual book “The Best 379 Colleges.” Unlike U.S. News and World Report, it provides separate rankings based on different aspects of the school. The 2015 edition includes 62 categories, which include topics related to quality of life, politics, campus life and academics, according to its website. Some examples of the rankings are schools with the best career services, schools with great financial aid and the most beautiful campuses. Rankings are published on its website, but the printed book also includes in-depth profiles of each school.