There are many universities and colleges across the US. Most students find it confusing to actually choose the best institution where they will enroll in college. Those who have clearer goals regularly check out several lists of university rankings based on different criteria. Doing so may help in narrowing college options.
US News and World Report is a leader when it comes to releasing lists based on college, graduate school, mutual fund, hospital, and car rankings. Every year, new college students consult its annual rankings of best colleges in the US before they make decisions about which school to choose.
The US News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings for 2013 are now out. The list is divided into two categories: National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges. Here is a brief rundown of the universities in the top posts.
Best National Universities
For 2013, Princeton University and Harvard University shared the top spot in the list of Best National Universities. Both institutions focus on research and are actively granting various degrees. Princeton is known for having association with numerous awards and successful people in various industries. Harvard University is best known for producing some of the best and most popular leaders of the country, both in government and private businesses.
The Connecticut-based Yale University is in the second top spot. In terms of producing some of the most notable graduates, this institution will not get left behind Princeton University and Harvard University. It is the alma mater of five US Presidents, 49 Nobel laureates, and 19 Supreme Court justices.
Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
This list of best universities and colleges emphasize undergraduate education. Those schools also grant at least 50% of their degrees in various majors in liberal arts like English, history, and philosophy. For 2013, Williams College topped the list. It is a small-scale four-year college that focuses on liberal arts. It has also topped the list of best colleges released by Forbes for 2010.
Amherst College is the second Best National Liberal Arts College. The Massachusetts-based institution has also ranked as the 13th best university/college in the list released by Forbes. Like Williams College, it used to be a men’s college until it became co-educational in the 1970s.
On the third spot of this list is Swarthmore College. Located in Pennsylvania, it is in history as among the first co-educational colleges in the country. It is noted for its rigorous intellectual character and commitment to its social responsibility. This school has always been associated with women’s rights as it has been organized by Quakers, which are prominent in women’s rights and abolitionist movements.
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