US News & World Report released its 2022 college rankings today and Princeton University held the top spot for the eleventh consecutive year. There was a three-way tie for second place between Columbia, Harvard, and MIT. Yale rounded out the top five this year.
Only a few minor tweaks were made to the US News rankings methodology this year. For instance, the threshold for ACT and SAT scores was dropped to 50% of applicants in light of the decreasing emphasis on standardized testing. Additionally, a few factors such as class size and faculty salaries are now based on two-year averages.
As always, we want to politely remind everyone to take this and all rankings for that matter with a proverbial grain of salt. Make sure personal fit overrides the current rankings when making your selection decision. Besides, there is a chance the rankings could change a bit between your acceptance and your graduation.