Forbes, U.S. News and Business Insider List College Rankings

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U.S. News, Forbes and Business Insider each publish an annual college ranking list for both private and public universities. Here are their rankings along with estimates of yearly costs (including room, board, tuition, books and miscellaneous) and their ranking methodology.

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Education professionals stress the importance of finding the right fit for each individual student, rather than compelling students to attend a university which is ranked but not a comfortable match.

On the other hand, there are those who assert attending ranked colleges/universities will lead to more success down the road. These charts contain a garden of possibilities. Be sure to investigate your choices thoroughly. The schools listed are linked to their specific websites, as are U.S. News, Forbes and Business Insider. Keep in mind that rankings don’t always translate into the right experience for every individual. Students and parents should seek out the school which will serve the individual’s unique preferences and requirements in order to provide an excellent college experience and a greater chance for academic success.

In all reality, you are finding a new place to live your life for four years or more. For this reason it is imperative to visit the campus before committing. With this in mind, read through these questions before examining the colleges/universities below.

What is your away-from-home comfort zone?

How do you feel about using a common area bathroom?

Do you want to be in charge of your diet or do you want the convenience of a cafeteria?

What type of weather do you prefer?

Will you mind having roommates (including a one or two who may be unpleasant)?

Are you comfortable with the campus environment?

If you were not attending school, would you still want to live in the area?

Do you mind large auditorium classes or prefer smaller classroom-size classes?

Keep your personal preferences and academic comfort zone in mind as you research colleges and universities. You will be a stranger in a strange land and choosing the ideal environment will alleviate some of the inevitable stress that comes from jumping into your future with both feet. 

TOP 15 UNITED STATES COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

(Out-of-State Tuition, Books, Room and Board Estimates)*

 

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

Tuition & Costs

FORBES MAGAZINE

Tuition & Costs

BUSINESS INSIDER

Tuition & Costs

1

Princeton University

63,420

Pomona College

63,670

Massachusetts Institute of Tech

63,250

2

Harvard University

67,659

Williams College

65,000

Stanford University

64,749

3

Yale University

65,725

Stanford University

64,749

Harvard University

67,659

4

Columbia University

65,860

Princeton University

63,420

Princeton University

63,420

5

Stanford University

64,749

Yale University

65,725

California Institute of Technology

63,471

6

University of Chicago

66,765

Harvard University

67,659

Yale University

65,725

7

Massachusetts Institute of Tech

63,250

Swarthmore College

64,000

Duke University

67,654

8

Duke University

67,654

Brown University

65,380

Columbia University

65,860

9

University of Pennsylvania

66,800

Amherst College

69,000

University of Pennsylvania

66,800

10

California Institute of Technology

63,471

Massachusetts Institute of Tech

63,250

Dartmouth College

67,124

11

John Hopkins University

63,200

U.S. Military Academy

0

Cornell University

65,564

12

Dartmouth College

67,124

University of Pennsylvania

66,800

John Hopkins University

63,200

13

Northwestern University

64,095

University of Notre Dame

64,775

Northwestern University

64,095

14

Brown University

65,380

Dartmouth College

67,124

Carnegie Mellon U.

65,895

15

Cornell University

65,564

Columbia University

65,860

Univ. of California at Berkeley

57,300

* Estimates are do not reflect exact costs. Amounts may change and vary depending on student’s major field of study.

 

TOP 15 UNITED STATES PUBLIC COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

(Out-of-State Tuition, Books, Room and Board Estimates)*

 

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

Tuition & Costs

FORBES MAGAZINE

Tuition & Costs

BUSINESS INSIDER

Tuition & Costs

1

Univ. of California at Berkeley

$57,300

U.S. Military Academy

0

Univ. of California at Berkeley

$57,300

2

Univ. of California at Los Angeles

$58,606

U.S. Naval Academy

0

Univ. of California at Los Angeles

$58,606

3

Univ. of Virginia

$60,000

Univ. of California at Berkeley

$57,300

Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor

$57,432

4

Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor

$57,432

Univ. of Virginia

$60,000

Univ. of California at San Diego

$56,073

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