Princeton, Penn rank among top 10 in U.S. News 'Best Colleges' report

Princeton nabs No. 1, while Penn ties with Duke for No. 8.

Eric Walter
September 10, 2018 - 11:44 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — U.S. News & World Report has ranked New Jersey's Princeton University No. 1 and the University of Pennsylvania No. 8 among national universities in its annual "Best Colleges" survey. 

National universities are regionally accredited institutions with a full range of four-year undergraduate-degree programs, and master's and doctoral degree programs. They compete to produce groundbreaking research and receive federal money to support it. 

Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of 16 widely accepted indicators of academic excellence, each weighted based on the magazine's judgments about which matter most.

Princeton earned a perfect score of 100 percent. It also ranks No. 1 for best indergraduate teaching, and No. 1 among best-value schools. 

Penn, which tied with Duke University for the 8th spot, earned a score of 92 percent. Penn also ranked No. 12 among best-value schools, and it tied for No. 6 with Johns Hopkins in high school counselor rankings.

According to categories established by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, there are 312 national universities, 191 of which are public, 114 of which are private, and seven of which are for-profit.