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The 2020 Top Consensus Ranked Colleges & Universities list is a best schools ranking that is designed to show prospective college students where their top choices rank across the board. The College Consensus ranking of best colleges and universities combines data from the most respected college ranking publications and the most reliable student review sites online.

How Do We Create Our 2020 Ranking of the Best Colleges?

The College Consensus methodology pulls together rankings from U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Money, and Wallethub, averaging all of a given school’s numbers to get the Publisher Rating. Then we average student reviews from sites like Cappex, Niche, Student Review, and more, to get the full picture of how students see their colleges, which we call the Student Review Rating. Put them together, and we have the College Consensus.

The top universities ranking is the real deal – the ranking of the best colleges nationwide. Regardless of size, location, form, or classification, these are the colleges and universities that have the best schools ranking based on publisher and student ratings. It’s not mixing apples and oranges – it’s crunching the numbers, pure and simple, to see which colleges the experts admire, and which ones the students love. Read more about our rankings methodology and sources at our about page.

What Makes the 2020 College Consensus Ranking Different?

This ranking of the best colleges will look different from other similar rankings, simply because it’s an aggregate ranking. It’s not reliant on self-reported surveys sent out to the schools, or disgruntled students reviews, or mystery shopper investigations: it’s everything, objectively analyzed and ranked. Some colleges that get overlooked in other rankings get their chance to shine; some universities that hog all the glory get their proper place in the ecosystem.

This ranking covers all of the colleges and universities in America, regardless of size, location, or classification. College Consensus has also broken down rankings of the Best National Research Universities, for students who want the opportunities a major research institution offers. For students interested in a more intimate, residential experience, we have also ranked the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. For students interested in online learning, see our ranking of the Best Online Colleges & Universities.

The Top Consensus Ranked Colleges & Universities are listed in descending order by their Consensus score.

1

Yale University
New Haven, CT

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91.9
College Consensus
98.5
Publisher Consensus
85.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
91.1
College Consensus
99.2
Publisher Consensus
83
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

3

Stanford University
Stanford, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
91.1
College Consensus
98.9
Publisher Consensus
83.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

4

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
89.8
College Consensus
99
Publisher Consensus
80.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

5

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Harvard University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
88.6
College Consensus
99.1
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

6

Pomona College
Claremont, CA

carnegie hall
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
88.5
College Consensus
92.7
Publisher Consensus
84.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

7

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
87.6
College Consensus
92.2
Publisher Consensus
83
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

8

Duke University
Durham, NC

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
87.5
College Consensus
97.1
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

9

Brown University
Providence, RI

brown
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
87.5
College Consensus
92.3
Publisher Consensus
82.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

10

Williams College
Williamstown, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
87.4
College Consensus
93.8
Publisher Consensus
81
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

11

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

UPenn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
87.1
College Consensus
96.9
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

12

Amherst College
Amherst, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
87.1
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
81.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

13

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

vanderbilt
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.6
College Consensus
93.3
Publisher Consensus
80
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

14

Rice University
Houston, TX

Rice
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.2
College Consensus
89.8
Publisher Consensus
82.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

15

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.2
College Consensus
93.1
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

16

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.2
College Consensus
89
Publisher Consensus
83.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

17

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86
College Consensus
88.3
Publisher Consensus
83.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

18

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

dartmouth
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86
College Consensus
90.1
Publisher Consensus
81.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

19

University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

UCLA
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.9
College Consensus
94
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

20

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.6
College Consensus
89.6
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

21

Bates College
Lewiston, ME

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.4
College Consensus
88.7
Publisher Consensus
82.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

22

University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.4
College Consensus
93.9
Publisher Consensus
76.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

23

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

cornell
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.2
College Consensus
90.3
Publisher Consensus
80.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

24

Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO

WA SL
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85
College Consensus
87.6
Publisher Consensus
82.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

25

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.7
College Consensus
91.4
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

26

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.5
College Consensus
89.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

27

Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY

columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.4
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

28

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.3
College Consensus
92.7
Publisher Consensus
76
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

29

University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.3
College Consensus
89
Publisher Consensus
79.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

30

Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.2
College Consensus
86.8
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

31

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

swarthmore
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.2
College Consensus
93.3
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

32

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

georgetown
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.1
College Consensus
91.2
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

33

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

Caltech Entrance
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.9
College Consensus
93.8
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

34

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
83.4
College Consensus
88.4
Publisher Consensus
78.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

35

University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

UCSB
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.2
College Consensus
83.7
Publisher Consensus
80.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

36

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT

wesleyan
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.2
College Consensus
84
Publisher Consensus
80.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

37

California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

CSU Stanislaus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82
College Consensus
88.2
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

38

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

UF
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82
College Consensus
87.4
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

39

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.9
College Consensus
86.8
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

40

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

vassar
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.6
College Consensus
82.1
Publisher Consensus
81.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

41

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

UT Austin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.5
College Consensus
82.5
Publisher Consensus
80.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

42

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.3
College Consensus
82.9
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

43

University of California-Davis
Davis, CA

UC Davis
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.3
College Consensus
86.7
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

44

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

UofSouthernCalifornia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.2
College Consensus
83.6
Publisher Consensus
78.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

45

University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.9
College Consensus
86.5
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

46

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
81.8
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

47

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Illinois Urbana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
84.3
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

48

Tufts University
Medford, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.7
College Consensus
84.3
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

49

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.6
College Consensus
81.2
Publisher Consensus
79.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

50

College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.5
College Consensus
81.7
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

51

Scripps College
Claremont, CA

scripps
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.3
College Consensus
76.9
Publisher Consensus
83.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

52

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.3
College Consensus
86.5
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

53

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Seattle, WA

U Washington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.3
College Consensus
84.9
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

54

Davidson College
Davidson, NC

Davidson
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.1
College Consensus
82.7
Publisher Consensus
77.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

55

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

Macalester
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
80.4
Publisher Consensus
79.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

56

Barnard College
New York, NY

Barnard 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.9
College Consensus
84.1
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

57

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.7
College Consensus
80.5
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

58

Carleton College
Northfield, MN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79
College Consensus
76.5
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

59

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.9
College Consensus
87.2
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

60

University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.8
College Consensus
80.3
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

61

University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA

University California San Diego
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.8
College Consensus
89.3
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

62

Emory University
Atlanta, GA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.7
College Consensus
81.4
Publisher Consensus
76
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

63

Pitzer College
Claremont, CA

pitzer
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.6
College Consensus
77.8
Publisher Consensus
79.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

64

Smith College
Northampton, MA

smith
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.5
College Consensus
76.3
Publisher Consensus
80.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

65

Haverford College
Haverford, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.5
College Consensus
81.9
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

66

Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.4
College Consensus
78.1
Publisher Consensus
78.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

67

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN

purdue
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.2
College Consensus
78.3
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

68

Colby College
Waterville, ME

colby
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.1
College Consensus
81.2
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

69

California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.9
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

70

Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX

Texas AandM
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.9
College Consensus
76.9
Publisher Consensus
78.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

71

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.8
College Consensus
81.2
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

72

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

colorado college
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.8
College Consensus
76.1
Publisher Consensus
79.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

73

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

CMU Pitt
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.7
College Consensus
82.7
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

74

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
New York, NY

Cooper Union
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.6
College Consensus
90
Publisher Consensus
65.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

75

College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.6
College Consensus
80.3
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

76

Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.5
College Consensus
76.4
Publisher Consensus
78.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

77

Lafayette College
Easton, PA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.2
College Consensus
81.1
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

78

Augustana University
Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.1
College Consensus
72.8
Publisher Consensus
81.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

79

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.1
College Consensus
77.4
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

80

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg)
Blacksburg, VA

VT
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.8
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

81

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Michigan state u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.8
College Consensus
72.7
Publisher Consensus
80.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

82

Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Tulane University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.7
College Consensus
75.7
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

83

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

CalPoly
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.3
College Consensus
75.8
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

84

Union College (NY)
Schenectady, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.2
College Consensus
76.5
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

85

University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.9
College Consensus
80.8
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

86

Brigham Young University-Provo
Provo, UT

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.9
College Consensus
69.8
Publisher Consensus
82.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

87

Bentley University
Waltham, MA

bentley
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.2
College Consensus
77.5
Publisher Consensus
73
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

88

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Calstate LosAngeles
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.2
College Consensus
85.2
Publisher Consensus
65.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

89

Taylor University
Upland, IN

Taylor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.1
College Consensus
71.1
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

90

California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.1
College Consensus
85.3
Publisher Consensus
64.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

91

New York University
New York, NY

NYU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75
College Consensus
75.4
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

92

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY

CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.9
College Consensus
77.1
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

93

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

California State University Long Beach
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.6
College Consensus
75.2
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

94

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.3
College Consensus
77.7
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

95

Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.1
College Consensus
66.5
Publisher Consensus
81.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

96

CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
81.5
Publisher Consensus
66.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

97

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
71.9
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

98

Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
73.3
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

99

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

University Minnesota Twin Cities
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
74.3
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

100

University of Georgia
Athens, GA

UGA Arch
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
68.5
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2020

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The most prestigious colleges in the world also stand out for their connections. The school has power due to connections in the government or in large organizations. The connections help the college or university gain access to funds for research projects or STEM programs. The focus on research helps a college or university stand out, particularly when it has the wealth to allow students and educators access to important tools used in their research projects.

How Do the Top Private Universities and the Best Public Universities Compare?

When you compare universities in the USA, you will inevitably look at the differences between private and public universities. The Washington Post points out that private schools often rank higher than public schools when the schools are put in the same ranking categories. Many systems of ranking universities and colleges develop separate lists for the public and private schools, which raises a concern about comparing the different programs.

The top private universities rank higher than public universities for three key reasons: they have more funds for research, the universities have a long history and the colleges have a high reputation for success after college. Reputation plays an important role in long-term success in a career. Public schools do not have the same level of prestige as a public university, especially when comparing the top ranked private universities to the top ranked public universities.

As a general rule, the top private universities do have a better reputation for excellence. The key consideration is the cost associated with the program. Public programs cost less for tuition, so you will want to evaluate the ranking of the university with the cost of your education. Keep in mind that a private university does offer support to help students start out in their career, but there are also public programs that help with your goals. When you want to attend a top ranked university, you will want to look into the reasons for the ranking system to evaluate the programs that fit your goals.

What are the Pros and Cons of University Education?

The pros and cons of university depend on your situation and your goals. The obvious advantage of education through a university is your career opportunities. A college education helps you network and build up your resume for a successful career. You have more opportunities and you may find that you are able to increase your earnings potential after graduation.

According to Fremont College, a key downside of higher education at a college or university is the time and cost involved in the process. An undergraduate degree takes around four years to complete and higher education may take longer. It also has the cost of tuition each semester. Depending on your field of study, it may not be necessary to seek higher education. You want to look into the details of your career goals before you assume that you need to attend a college or university for your career.

The best colleges and universities give you an advantage in your career and job potential. The key is focusing on the right education and making sure that you are not wasting your time with higher education. By comparing the programs and looking into the rankings of a college or university, you can find a program that fits your goals and helps with your career opportunities.