For the third consecutive year, the U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) has ranked Emory No. 21 among national universities in its "Best Colleges" ranking. The Wagner College Theatre Program was ranked number three in the nation in the guide, ahead of Brown, Elon, Florida State and Drew universities, and Stephens and Emerson colleges.
After that, Florida State and Miami are tied for 57th in the country.
For the fifth time, U.S. News asked top academics participating in the peer assessment survey for the rankings to name the institutions they think are the most innovative schools. "It's a powerful testament to our students, faculty and staff and a clear signal that our trajectory as a world leader in learning, teaching and research is still-undeniably-on the rise".
Penn State moved up two spots in U.S. News and World Report's 2020 national university rankings, released Monday.
Los Angeles repeated as the top public school among national universities this year. The University had remained at the 8th position since 2015 except for a blip in 2018, when Duke fell to ninth after being overtaken by Penn.
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In addition, UCLA was named as the No. 1 public institution among the "best colleges for veterans", and No. 4 among all universities. The university's predicted graduation rate is 74%, nine percentage points below its actual graduation rate of 83%. The school had been reporting financial expenditures data for all Johnson & Wales campuses to U.S. News instead of just for the Providence campus. The University of South Carolina Upstate ranked No. 1 for best public Southern regional college and No. 1 among public Southern regional colleges for Top Performers on Social Mobility.
Cal Poly's undergraduate engineering program is a clear victor.
They are based on student outcomes such as graduation and retention rates; faculty and financial resources; ACT and SAT scores for incoming freshmen; alumni giving; and the opinions of experts such as admissions officers, presidents and provosts.
Most every college president privately complains about the rankings, but few will do anything about it.
The magazine ranked 388 national universities, defined as institutions offering a "full range of undergraduate majors" as well as master's and doctoral programs.
The top schools in the overall ranking for 2020 include Princeton University at No. 1, Harvard University at No. 2 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University and Columbia University, all tied for third.