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The Best Colleges Rankings for 2022 are released by U.S. News & World Report featuring undergraduate nursing programs for the first time

The 2022 U.S. News Best Colleges were revealed today by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings. The rankings, which are now in their 37th year, examine almost 1,400 schools and institutions on up to 17 academic quality factors.

“Whether it’s through remote learning, mask-wearing, or vaccine mandates, students and professors continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kim Castro, editor, and top content officer of U.S. News.

“As communities grapple with these issues, U.S. News is committed to disseminating information about the academic excellence of institutions around the country so that prospective students and their families can make well-informed college decisions.”

Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs: This year’s rankings include a new category, Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs: This year’s rankings include a new category, Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs: This year U.S. News and World Report has released a new rating of over 690 institutions offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. Schools with approved four-year and degree-completion programs that conferred at least 35 degrees in the 2018-2019 academic year were included.

Huge credit points for schools recording fewer SAT/ACT takers: The number of submissions required for institutions to obtain full credit for their incoming students’ SAT/ACT performance was reduced by U.S. News. Only if the overall SAT and ACT scores recorded to account for less than 50% of the entering class does the school’s worth in the rankings get a 15% deduction. Previously, the cutoff was set at 75%. The change was made to reflect a drop in test submissions in the fall 2020 admissions cycle, which largely predated COVID-19’s impact. For the second year in a straight, U.S. News listed test-blind colleges or those that say they don’t use the SAT or ACT in any way when making admissions choices.

This year, Princeton University is the best of the National Universities, and Williams College is the best of the National Liberal Arts Colleges. The University of California—Los Angeles is once again ranked first among National Universities for Top Public Schools. Among National Liberal Arts Colleges, the United States Naval Academy is ranked first for Top Public Schools.

The Top National Universities include:

1Princeton University (NJ
2.Columbia University (NY) (tie)
2.Harvard University (MA) (tie)
2.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)

National Liberal Arts Colleges include:

1.Williams College (MA)
2.Amherst College (MA)
3.Swarthmore College (PA)

The universities which secured the top three positions are:

1.University of California—Los Angeles
2.University of California—Berkeley
3.University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

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