According to U.S. News and World Report, the best overall colleges in the United States include Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University. The website also states that the best liberal arts colleges in the United States include Williams College, Amherst College and Swarthmore College.
U.S. News and World Report uses refined methodology to rank the best colleges in the United States overall and by different categories. Among the most reputable colleges are the eight Ivy League schools, which include Princeton, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and Brown.
The Ivy League schools not only top the U.S. News and World Report ranking but also the Forbes list of America's best colleges. These schools, along with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago and the California Institute of Technology, make the top of various lists of most reputable American universities. According to U.S. News and World Report, the top school, Princeton University, features high-ranking graduate programs such as Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. As of 2015, the Forbes list of America's best colleges features Pomona College as the top school overall. Forbes claims that Pomona is the number one private college and also the number one college in the Western United States.