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Best colleges in America 2021

This year’s Times Higher Education College Rankings is out with the top 3 positions awarded to Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University respectively. Harvard University has secured the first position for the 4th time in a row. 

All the universities part of the Ivy League are among the top 15 schools in the chart. Here, Brown University tied for the 5th place, Princeton University got 7th, Cornell University 9th, Dartmouth College at 12th, the University of Pennsylvania at 13th and Columbia University scored the 15th position. The top-ranked public school is the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, which grabbed the 23rd spot.  

The Time Higher Education rankings are based on 15 factors across four categories, where 40% of the schools’ score comes from the student outcomes which includes the salary and debt. Other 30% comes from academic resources, 20% from student engagement and 10% from the learning environment like the diversity in students and academic staff. That is why the Ivy League universities continue to dominate these chart because they have a lot of funds. 

THE rankings collected this year were near-total shutdown of campuses and haven’t considered the increasingly significant factors such as the quality of virtual education, cost of distance tuition or in-person health and safety practises.

Top Ten

  1. Harvard University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Yale University
  4. Stanford University
  5. Brown University
  6. Duke University
  7. California Institute of Technology
  8. Princeton University 
  9. Cornell University
  10. Northwestern University

Top Schools for Student Outcomes 

  1. Princeton University
  2. Duke University
  3. Harvard University
  4. Stanford University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. Yale University
  7. Cornell University
  8. California Institute of Technology
  9. Dartmouth College 
  10. University of Chicago

This list emphasizes on return on investment students see after graduating. This list contains colleges where the graduates are satisfied with their education and have landed high paying jobs which can pay off their loans.

Top Schools for Engagement

  1. Dordt University
  2. Cedarville University
  3. Samford University
  4. Harvard University
  5. Baylor University
  6. Brigham Young University, Provo
  7. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  8. University of Notre Dame 
  9. Oral Roberts University
  10. Purdue University, West Lafayette

Many prospective students are now looking for universities that have students from different walks of life. Many administrators also believe that student diversity improves the quality of education. This list also emphasized on the percentage of undergraduate awarded need-based student aid and the percentage of international students. 

Despite all the chaos that the pandemic is causing the students, experts believe that this crisis can bring about a positive change in the way the U.S. universities delivers education to their students.

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