A list of the best American universities is provided annually by the U.S. News and World Report. The Report also provides lists of the best undergraduate engineering and fine arts colleges, as well as the best graduate schools for certain majors.
Remember that no list of best colleges can tell the whole story; rather, the U.S. News and World Report recommends that prospective students visit and investigate any colleges that they are considering, and decide for themselves which colleges are best for their plans and their situations. For instance, when deciding which college to attend, it is important to consider how financial aid and outside scholarships are treated. While some colleges use scholarships to cover costs that would normally be left to the student, others use scholarship money to cover the financial aid that they offer. The net effect can be receiving significantly less aid than needed, which students and their families should take into account when deciding how to pay for college. Additionally, students should ask for the opinions of those they know who already attend college, particularly those who attend the colleges the student is considering. Often current students are able to offer a unique and helpful perspective on college life.