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Princeton tops Harvard in national university rankings; Williams, Amherst named top two liberal arts colleges

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  September 10, 2013 11:17 AM

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Harvard is the country’s second-best university behind Princeton, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of higher education institutions.

New England-area schools fared well on the list: Yale University came in at third, MIT tied for seventh, and Dartmouth College tied for 10th.

Brown University tied for 14th, Tufts tied for 28th, Boston College ranked 31st, Brandeis tied for 32nd, Boston University tied for 41st, and Northeastern tied for 49th.

Among the top 50 schools, nine are located in California and seven are located in the Boston-area.

The University of Connecticut tied for the 57th ranking, Worcester Polytechnic Institute tied for 62nd place, Clark University tied for 75th, the University of Vermont ranked tied for the 82nd spot, the University of Massachusetts Amherst tied for 91st, and the University of New Hampshire tied for 97th.

In addition to the national university rankings, U.S. News & World Report also released a second list that ranked the top national liberal arts colleges in the country.

Williams College topped that list followed by Amherst College.

Bowdoin and Middlebury colleges tied for fourth place. Wellesley College tied for seventh. Wesleyan tied for 17th, Smith tied for 20th, Bates and Colby tied for 22nd, Holy Cross tied for 25th, Trinity tied for 36th, Mount Holyoke tied for 38th and Connecticut College tied for 45th.

To see other schools in the rankings and more information about how the lists were compiled, click here.

Meanwhile, QS World University released its annual global rankings, which included three New England schools in the top 10.

MIT ranked first, Harvard second and Yale eighth.

For more information on those rankings, click here.

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