An annual ranking was previously released which shows the best US universities. Princeton University topped the list for three consecutive year now. The list was created through use of inputs from academic peers and high-school guidance counselors. Data from alumni giving, graduation and retention rates, and selectivity were also utilized. The top 20 universities are:

  1. Princeton University
  2. Harvard University
  3. Yale University
  4. Columbia University
  5. Stanford University
  6. University of Chicago
  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  8. Duke University
  9. University of Pennsylvania
  10. California Institute of Technology
  11. Johns Hopkins University
  12. Dartmouth College
  13. Northwestern University
  14. Brown University
  15. Cornell University
  16. Vanderbilt University
  17. Washington University in St. Louis
  18. Rice University
  19. University of Notre Dame
  20. University of California at Berkeley

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