U.S. News & World Report 2021 Colleges Rankings: No Changes Despite Tweaks

IBL News | New York

U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings this week, including 1,400 institutions. The results – based on data of data from pre-pandemic 2019 – are similar to the last edition, despite the magazine explained that its methodology was revised over time.

In its 36th year for the ranking, U.S. News & World Report features Princeton as the top national university, followed by Harvard, Columbia, MIT, and Yale. UCLA is the only public school in the top 20.

Best National Liberal Arts (223 schools)

  1. Williams College
  2. Amherst College
  3. Swarthmore College
  4. Pomona College and Wellesley College (tie)

Best National Public Universities (209 schools)

  1. University of California, Los Angeles
  2. University of California, Berkeley
  3. University of Michigan
  4. University of Virginia
  5. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Of the top 11 national public universities, six were the various campuses of the University of California.

Best Public Liberal Arts Colleges (23 schools)

  1. U.S. Naval Academy
  2. U.S. Military Academy
  3. U.S. Air Force Academy
  4. Virginia Military Institute
  5. St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (79 schools)

  1. Spelman College
  2. Howard University
  3. Xavier University of Louisiana
  4. Tuskegee University
  5. Hampton University

Top Performers on Social Mobility

National Universities

  1. University of California, Riverside
  2. University of California, Irvine
  3. Rutgers University, Newark
  4. University of California, Santa Cruz
  5. University of California, Merced

National Liberal Arts Colleges

  1. College of Idaho
  2. Lake Forest College (IL)
  3. Thomas Aquinas College (CA)
  4. Spelman College
  5. University of Puerto Rico, Cayey


• Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes: U.S. News Releases Its Best College Rankings For 2021