Eight Rhode Island schools land on U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Colleges Rankings’

Become A What’s Up Rhode Island Supporter | Your voluntary contribution helps fund our local and independent journalism.

U.S. News & World Report announced their 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges this week.

Now in its 35th year, U.S. News annually rates more than 1,800 colleges and universities on 15 diverse measures of academic quality, including first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.

To calculate the top schools, U.S. News focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures – including graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility. Outcomes are the mostly highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 35% to each school’s overall score.

To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News considered both academic quality and cost of attendance for students who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the U.S. News ranking.

- Advertisement -

Colleges and Universities in Rhode Island were mentioned as followed;

  • Providence College – #1 in Regional Universities North
  • Bryant University – #7 in Regional Universities North
  • Brown University – #14 in National Universities
  • Salve Regina University – #23 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • Roger Williams University – #28 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • Johnson & Wales – #80 in Regional Universities North
  • Rhode Island College – #116 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • University of Rhode Island – #166 (tie) in National Universities

Princeton University remains No. 1 among National Universities, while Williams College is once again in the top spot among National Liberal Arts Colleges. This year, public schools in California, Florida and New York excel in enrolling and graduating large proportions of low-income students. Further, the University of California—Los Angeles maintains its spot as the No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities.

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

National Universities – Top 3
1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Columbia University (NY) (tie)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)
3. Yale University (CT) (tie)

National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. Williams College (MA)
2. Amherst College (MA)
3. Swarthmore College (PA) (tie)
3. Wellesley College (MA) (tie)

Top Public Schools

National Universities – Top 3
1. University of California—Los Angeles
2. University of California—Berkeley
3. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. United States Naval Academy (MD)
2. United States Military Academy (NY)
3. United States Air Force Academy (CO)

Top Performers on Social Mobility

National Universities – Top 3
1. University of California—Riverside
2. University of California—Santa Cruz
3. University of California—Irvine

National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. Cornell College (IA)
2. Agnes Scott College (GA)
3. Houghton College (NY)

U.S. News provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search, from National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges to A-Plus Schools for B Students.

See the full report at U.S. News Best Colleges