U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of America’s best colleges includes over a dozen Texas schools, including Rice University, University of Houston and Texas A&M.
With Tuesday’s release, U.S. News has recently changed some major factors that determine how America’s top schools were ranked.
Last year, researchers added a new metric, social mobility indicators, which measures how successfully colleges enroll and graduate students from low-income families.
“A university is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why the Best Colleges rankings place the greatest value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates,” said U.S. News’ chief data strategist Robert Morse in a prepared statement following the release of last year’s rankings. “By including social mobility indicators, U.S. News is further recognizing colleges that serve all of their students, regardless of economic status.”
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This year’s rankings also put more of an emphasis on the outcome of students rather than the number accepted at an institution. In other words, universities are no longer rewarded for being highly selective.
To see which Texas universities were ranked and how they did, check out the gallery above.
Despite the big changes, the list of America’s best universities had some familiar names. The top five national universities were:
1. Princeton University (N.J.)
2. Harvard University (Mass.)
3. Columbia University (N.Y.) (tie)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)
3. Yale University (Conn.) (tie)
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