U.S. News and World Report publishes the Princeton Review's annual rankings of the top 100 universities in the United States. The Princeton Review's findings are based on data collected from hundreds of universities and colleges.
In addition to rankings based on each school's academic reputation, the Princeton Review also categorizes the data based on whether the school is public or private, a national university or liberal arts college, whether it offers graduate programs or not, and the cost of tuition, among other criteria.
When the scope is narrowed down to the schools' academic reputation alone, a few universities consistently appear in the top 10 year after year, including California Institute of Technology, Columbia, Duke University, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale.
As of 2014, based on the Princeton Review's top universities when evaluated for the value of the education compared to the costs associated with attendance, the top public schools are the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the College of Florida at Sarasota and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.
There are other publishers of similar university rankings and data such as the one by Times Higher Education, which includes the top U.S. universities in their comparisons. However, they also include foreign schools such as Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.