And the 2011 Best College ranking goes to…Harvard University! Last year, Harvard tied with Princeton University for the top spot in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2011 rankings. Harvard has topped the ranking for two of the last three years. Princeton fell to second, followed by Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University, which tied with University of Pennsylvania for fifth.
Check out the full list of national university rankings.
The report also compiled lists for other categories of schools, including schools that meet particular student needs. For instance, there's a list of the best schools for B students, in addition to rankings of the most diverse national universities.
For the second year in a row, Williams College in Massachusetts was named the nation's top-ranked national liberal arts college, ahead of Amherst College, also in Massachusetts. This category refers to schools that place a higher emphasis on undergraduate education.
As a sign of the economic times, U.S. News also compiled lists of schools offering the best value for your money. Rankings were based on the average cost of attending, relative to the school's academic ranking. The value lists are divided into the best value for national universities, and the best value for national liberal arts colleges.
Check out all of the rankings, broken down by category.
Once you and your teen have reviewed the 2011 rankings and honed in on your top schools, it's time to show them why they should want you! Though most colleges have basic admissions requirements in common, some expect more. Private colleges, for example, look closely at the kind of community they're building, which means they carefully consider school and community involvement. State schools, on the other hand, tend to rely on GPA and test scores.
Check out this article for more tips on helping your child ace their college application. Plus, don't miss this article on helping your child find the best college that fits their needs.
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