U.S. News Media Group Announces 2011 Edition of Best Colleges: Harvard and Williams Top Rankings

New edition includes specialty rankings and online guides for admission and paying for college

WASHINGTON  (Profitable.com)  U.S. News Media Group today released the 2011 edition of Best Colleges, which includes rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide. Harvard University is ranked No. 1 among Best National Universities, while Williams College tops the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. The exclusive rankings, available online today at USNews.com, will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting August 31.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

“As soaring college costs make the decision more complicated than ever, U.S. News strives to provide students and families with the best information to help guide them through this process,” said U.S. News & World Report Editor Brian Kelly. “This year the challenge comes down to finding the right college–at a cost you can afford. The 2011 edition includes specialty rankings, online guides for admission and paying for college advice to help navigate your search.”

The 2011 Best Colleges feature the established rankings of the Best National Universities and Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, while also including rankings of A+ Schools for B Students, Great Schools at Great Prices, and Up-and-Coming Schools, among others.

The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth

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Best Colleges Rankings 2011  
*For the full list of rankings, visit www.usnews.com/college  
 
Best National Universities  
1. Harvard University (MA)  
2. Princeton University (NJ)  
3. Yale University (CT)  
4. Columbia University (NY)  
5. Stanford University (CA)  
 
Best National Liberal Arts Colleges  
1. Williams College (MA)  
2. Amherst College (MA)  
3. Swarthmore College (PA)  
4. Middlebury College (VT)  
4. Wellesley College (MA)  
 

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