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U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of the best colleges and universities in the country.

U.S. News calculates its ranking based on six categories which are each weighted differently: student outcomes (40%), faculty resources (20%), expert opinion (20%), financial resources (10%), student excellence (7%) and alumni giving (3%).

U.S. News made a slight change to its methodology this year to account for changes in standardized testing requirements. Previously, if less than 75% of entering students at a given school submitted standardized testing scores, U.S. News would discount the significance of standardized testing scores in the overall ranking of the school by 15%. This year, because so many schools adopted test-optional policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. News lowered the threshold to 50%.

The List Of Top 5 National Universities In The US In 2022

1.Princeton University

2. Columbia University (tie)

2. Harvard University (tie)

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)

5. Yale University

1.Princeton University

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Princeton University maintained its place as the top-ranked university in the country due in part to a student-to-faculty ratio of just four students to each faculty member, as well as a strong student retention rate. An estimated 98% of Princeton students graduate in six years and, more importantly, low-income Princeton students who receive Pell Grants they also graduate at the same rate.

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Average SAT score: 1450-1570

Proportion of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class: 89%

Acceptance rate: 6%

Princeton University Rankings

#1 in National Universities

#4 in Best Colleges for Veterans

#3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

#4 in Best Value Schools

Princeton University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 6% and an early acceptance rate of 14.7%. Half the applicants admitted to Princeton University have an SAT score between 1450 and 1570 or an ACT score of 32 and 35. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is Jan. 1 and the application fee at Princeton University is $70.

Admissions officials at Princeton University consider a student's GPA a very important academic factor. An applicant's high school class rank, when available, is considered very important and letters of recommendation are considered very important for admissions officials at Princeton University.

2. Columbia University (tie)

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Columbia University's 2022 Rankings

#2 in National Universities (tie)

#33 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)

#7 in Best Value School

Location: New York City, New York

Average SAT score: 1470-1570

Proportion of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class: 96%

Acceptance rate: 6%

2. Harvard University (tie)

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Harvard University is a private institution that was founded in 1636. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,222 (fall 2020), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 5,076 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Harvard University's ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #2. Its tuition and fees are $55,587.

Located outside Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is made up of 13 schools and institutes, including the top-ranked Business School and Medical School and the highly ranked Graduate Education School, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School and John F. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard is a private, nonprofit institution that was founded in 1636 colonial America by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The school was initially created to educate members of the clergy, according to the university’s archives. Harvard is named after a Puritan minister – John Harvard – who, in 1638, left his 400-book library and half of his estate to the young school. The first commencement ceremony at Harvard, held in 1642, had nine graduates.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Average SAT score: 1460-1580

Proportion of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class: 94%

Acceptance rate: 5%

Harvard University Rankings

#2 in National Universities (tie)

#13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)

#3 in Best Value Schools

#23 in Most Innovative Schools (tie)

READ MORE: Top 30 Most Famous Havard Students Of All Time

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,361 (fall 2020), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 168 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Massachusetts Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #2. Its tuition and fees are $55,878.

Located outside Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT focuses on scientific and technological research and is divided into five schools. University research expenditures have exceeded $700 million a year, with funding from government agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense. MIT’s highly ranked graduate schools include the School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, in addition to strong programs in economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics and mathematics. Freshmen are required to live on campus, and about 70% of all undergraduates live on campus. Architect Steven Holl designed one dorm, commonly called "The Sponge." The Independent Activities Program, a four-week term in January, offers special courses, lectures, competitions and projects. Distinguished alumni include Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and former Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Average SAT score: 1510-1580

Proportion of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class: 100%

Acceptance rate: 7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 2022 Rankings

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ranked #2 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

#2 in National Universities (tie)

#22 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)

#2 in Best Value Schools

5. Yale University

Yale University is a private institution that was founded in 1701. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,703 (fall 2020), its setting is city, and the campus size is 373 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Yale University's ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #5. Its tuition and fees are $59,950.

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Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, is known for its excellent drama and music programs, which reach outside the classroom with student organizations such as the Yale Whiffenpoofs, a famous a cappella group, and the Yale Dramatic Association. The Yale Bulldogs compete in the Ivy League and are well known for their rivalry with Harvard. Students are assigned to live in one of 14 residential colleges during their time at Yale. Each college has a head and dean who live in the college and eat with students in the dining halls. Cultural centers provide a space for students to build a sense of cultural identity on campus.

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Average SAT score: 1460-1580

Proportion of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class: 94%

Acceptance rate: 7%

Yale University's 2022 Rankings

Yale University is ranked #5 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

#5 in National Universities

#31 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)

#1 in Best Value Schools

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