The top U.S. colleges include Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University, according to the U.S. News and World Report national college rankings for 2015. Also among the most well-reviewed schools are the University of Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University.
The top 20 U.S. schools also include the University of Pennsylvania, the California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. In addition, Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, Brown University, the University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University have been highly rated.
U.S. News and World Report also ranks online degree programs. For 2015, the top online Bachelor's degree programs included Pennsylvania State University (World Campus), Daytona State College, the University of Illinois (Chicago), Western Kentucky University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Worldwide). Other highly ranked online schools include Oregon State University, Colorado State University (Global Campus), Arizona State University, Ohio State University (Columbus) and Pace University.
The college ranking system by U.S. News and World Report has set a standard for evaluation of colleges and universities since 1983. Calculated using a combination of factors such as academic rigor, retention rates, faculty resources and percentage of accepted students relative to applicants, these rankings help students determine which schools are of the highest quality.