Princeton Tops Harvard in 2014 U.S. News Rankings

Princeton University topped Harvard University in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 rankings of the best U.S. academic research institutions, the 11th year in a row the two schools led the list.

Harvard and Princeton tied for the top spot last year. Yale University was third for 2014, followed by Columbia University, while Stanford University and the University of Chicago tied for fifth place, according to the list released today by the online magazine.

The rankings, begun in 1983 and based on criteria such as graduation rate, reputation and class size, can be influential with students, parents and donors. Its impact has led some schools to misreport data or skew the results of a reputation survey.

Last year, Emory University, Claremont McKenna College and George Washington University said they inflated SAT entrance exam scores or the percentage of incoming freshmen that graduated near the top of their high school class when reporting data to U.S. News.

The highest ranked public university is the University of California, Berkeley, tied for 20th with private schools Emory and Georgetown University.

The top liberal arts colleges were unchanged from a year ago, with Williams College in first, followed by Amherst College and Swarthmore College.

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