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College rankings flush with Bay State schools – Reuters

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By Sam Drysdale
State House Press Service

Once again, US News and World Report have proven that there is a reason Massachusetts is known for higher education.

The media company released its 2022-2023 rankings On Monday, September 13, and perennial heavyweights MIT and Harvard University were once again among the top national universities.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked the second-best university in the nation for the second year in a row, behind Princeton in first place. Its neighbor, Harvard, is tied for third with Stanford and Yale.

Four other Boston-area universities topped the list of national universities: Tufts at Number. 32, Boston College at number 36, Boston University at number 41, and Northeastern University at number 44 – meaning all four Beanpot schools earned a spot in the top 50.

Of the 277 public universities evaluated in the Best Colleges ranking, UMass Amherst was ranked 26th, tied with Texas A&M and the University of Connecticut. At number 26, UMass maintains its same position as last year and is now ranked among the top public universities for nine consecutive years.

Massachusetts remains an undisputed leader in liberal arts studies, representing three of the top five colleges in the category. Williams College secured the top spot for the second year in a row, while Amherst College came in close behind at number 2, and Wellesley College was ranked number 5 among liberal arts colleges in the nation.

The US News ranking is based on several weighted factors, such as graduation rate, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, retention rates, alumni donations, student debt, and student selectivity.

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