And the Best College of 2013 Is…

U.S. News and World Report has released its Best Colleges list for 2013, which unsurprisingly looks a lot like last year's list.

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Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Correction Appended: Sept. 12, 2012

Well, if you were looking for a surprise in this year’s U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges list, you’re not going to find it at the top: Harvard University has once again claimed the No. 1 spot — or at least half of it.

Harvard tied for No. 1 with Princeton on the 2013 list, which closely resembles last year’s edition, and was followed by Yale, Columbia and the University of Chicago. The remaining Ivy League schools, as was the case last year, all rank in the top 20. The only slight shake up in the Top 10 was that the California Institute of Technology fell from being tied last year in the No. 5 spot with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to being tied with Dartmouth College for the No. 10 spot this year.

Harvard’s top marks come despite a cheating scandal that broke on Aug. 30 when the University announced 125 of its undergraduate students had been accused of illicitly collaborating on a take-home final exam.

 Here is the Top 10 (or 11, including ties):

1. Harvard University
1. Princeton University
3. Yale University
4. Columbia University
4. University of Chicago
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6. Stanford University
8. Duke University
8. University of Pennsylvania
10. California Institute of Technology
10. Dartmouth College

A public school doesn’t appear on the list until No. 24—a position claimed by the University of California, Berkeley. UCLA follows close behind, as does the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

U.S. News also releases a list of the schools it considers provide the best value, which the Ivy League schools also rank highly on as well as other prestigious universities like Stanford and Duke, thanks to their large endowments. The organization also ranks schools based on the amount of debt students have at graduation and include an alphabetized list of schools it considers to be “A+ schools for B students,” which includes many state-funded universities such as Auburn, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State and the University of Missouri, as well as private schools like Baylor and DePaul.

It also ranks the best liberal arts colleges in the country. The top schools on that list: Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Middlebury, Pomona, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Carleton, Haverford, Claremont McKenna and Vassar.

See the full 2012 Best Colleges rankings here.

Kayla Webley is a Staff Writer at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @kaylawebley, on Facebook or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

Correction: The original version of this story mentioned the University of Southern California as a public school; it is private.

16 comments
Alex Wang
Alex Wang

UC Berkeley is ranked 21st on the U.S News Rankings, not 24th!

dupya
dupya

The article's title is misleading given the content.  The US News and World Report list has two lists in it.  First is the National University Ranking and second is the Liberal Arts College Ranking.  You seem to have conflated the two, without mentioning the actual national liberal arts COLLEGE ranking, as an offhanded reference, at the very end. Meanwhile, your headline indicates you intended to reference the "college" ranking.  You need to fix this or it is misleading.

perspective2
perspective2

University of California Berkeley drops like a rock in rankings. The public’s UC Berkeley harvests money, taxes, family savings from Californians. Cal. is nationally ranked #1 public university total academic cost (resident) with the Provost and Chancellor’s  goal  to ‘charge Californians higher tuition’. UC Berkeley tuition is rising faster than costs at other universities.  Cal ranked # 2 in faculty earning potential. Believe it: Harvard College less costly.

 

University of California negates the promise of equality of opportunity: university access, affordability is farther and farther out of reach. Self-absorbed Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer are outspoken for Cal. ‘charging Californians much higher’ tuition.

 

Birgeneau ($450,000) Breslauer ($306,000) like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them their demanded funding. The ‘charge Californians higher tuition’ skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic years. If Chancellor Provost had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over the past 10 years they would still be in reach of most middle income students. Breslauer Bergeneau increase disparities in higher education and defeat the promise of equality of opportunity.

 

Additional state tax funding must sunset. The sluggish economy and 10% unemployment devistate family savings. Simply asking for more taxes to fund self-absorbed Cal.senior  leadership, old inefficient higher education  practices, excessive faculty staff compensation and burdensome bonuses, is not the answer.

UC Berkeley is to maximize access to the widest number of Californians at a reasonable cost. Birgeneau’s Breslauer’s ‘charge Californians higher’ tuition’ denies middle income families the transformative value of Cal.

 

The California dream: keep it alive and well. Fire (honorably retire) Provost George W Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned.

Opinions? UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu  Calif. State Senators, Assembly members.

Ronald73
Ronald73

There's no such thing as a "Best" College.

Best for you?  Best for me?  It has to be a nonsense argument.

Ruth Eier Crates
Ruth Eier Crates

Sorry, this list doesn't mean much to me.  I think all colleges and universities are just in the business for the money anymore.  Anyone can get into college (well maybe not Harvard) but there are people walking around with degrees that couldn't have even been accepted 40 years ago.   I am quite disillusioned with higher education.

Kumar Kc
Kumar Kc

Why the serial numbers are not in order?

Becky Lee
Becky Lee

Columbia's Lyme Department is a thousand times better than Yale's. Go Columbia! 

calboy2011
calboy2011

Correction--Berkeley is at 21, not 24. UCLA is at 24 tied with USC and UVA

Lisa Blansett
Lisa Blansett

The University of Southern California is not a public institution.   (This paragraph lists it as public: "A public school doesn’t appear on the list until No. 24—a position claimed by the University of California, Berkeley. Both UCLA and the University of Southern California follow close behind, as do the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.")

Kayla Webley
Kayla Webley

Thanks for calling attention to the error. We've corrected the story. As a Pac 10 (now 12) alum, I'm hanging my head in shame.

Jennifer Leigh
Jennifer Leigh

You got confused, Ms. Blansett. University of California is public and University of Southern California is private, so the article is correct.

Sonner LeCloche
Sonner LeCloche

Do not fret.  As a Pac 10 (now 12) alum,you know that USC does not count. Go Bruins! (You all saw that coming didn't you.)