Yale, UConn climb on annual college rankings
Yale University climbed three spots to trail only Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the third annual installment of a Wall Street Journal index that ranks the University of Connecticut the top state university in the Northeast.
The Wall Street Journal ranks schools from surveys designed to determine a range of factors important to students and parents, to include academic reputation, resources, record in engaging and challenging students, and job prospects upon graduation — with those outcomes given the greatest weight on the index. Unlike many competing surveys, the Wall Street Journal index consolidates universities, colleges and military academies in a unified ranking.
Yale leapfrogged Columbia, Stanford and Duke universities in the newest installment, with Columbia dropping to fourth and the California Institute of Technology edging ahead of Stanford for the fifth slot. The top 10 was rounded out by Brown University, Duke, Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Middletown’s Wesleyan University ranked 46th on the Wall Street Journal survey, with New London’s Connecticut College and UConn both edging into the list of the top 100 schools in the country, and Hartford’s Trinity College dropping out of that group.
Fairfield University swapped spots with Quinnipiac University in Hamden among the best of the rest in Connecticut, ranked 196th and 216th respectively.
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point debuted on the list just inside the top 60 schools, with West Point having been omitted from previous rankings due to incomplete information provided the Wall Street Journal.
UCLA topped the list of public schools nationally, ranking 25th to best by three rungs the University of Michigan.
Amherst, Williams and Pomona colleges led all liberal arts schools in ranking 22nd through 24th, with New England landing several more ahead of Wesleyan in the top 50 including Wellesley College (29th), Middlebury College (37th), Smith College (41st) and Bowdoin College (44th).
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