MIT Ranked Fourth by U.S. NewsBy Hyun Soo Kim
Associate News Editor
MIT is ranked fourth, edging out the fifth-ranked California Institute of Technology, in the annual U.S. News and World Report ranking of 204 colleges and universities, which will be released Monday.
Harvard University was ranked first for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Princeton and Yale universities. Among the liberal arts colleges, Amherst College beat Williams College for first place.
For the first time, the University of Notre Dame was included among the top universities in the "America's Best Colleges" feature. Brown University, which was ranked 18th last year, moved up six places to number 12.
The fourth place finish for MIT is a step up. Last year, the Institute was tied with Caltech at fifth place. MIT was also in a four-way tie for first place in the category of academic reputation.
The 1,371 schools included in the study were ranked according to a system that combined statistical data with survey results of academic reputation. A record 65 percent of the 2,655 college presidents, deans, and admissions directors responded to the survey. The major factors for the ranking were: selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni satisfaction.
MIT received an overall score of 99.1, and Caltech received 98.7. Scores were relative to Harvard's 100 points.