UChicago Among Top 10 ‘Best Colleges’ in 2020 Rankings from US News

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The University of Chicago maintained its position as one of top institutions in the nation, once again earning a ranking in the top 10 of U.S. News and World Report’s “best colleges” list for 2020.

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The Hyde Park university tied with Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania for sixth place in the organization’s national rankings, which were released Monday, with an overall score of 93 out of 100. That’s actually a slight drop from last year, when the University of Chicago finished in a tie for third place, but it remains as the top-ranked institution in Illinois.

“What has brought many of the world’s most promising students and distinguished faculty to the University of Chicago for 129 years are clear and enduring values in research and education, that provide the environment for the most empowering education for students and the most powerful environment for original research and new schools of thought,” UChicago spokeswoman Colleen Mastony said in an email Monday.

“The demonstrated success of the College over the last decade shows that more talented students than ever share these values and aspire to join, benefit from, and contribute to the University of Chicago’s distinctive intellectual community.”

Princeton University finished in first place on the 2020 rankings, followed by Harvard, Columbia, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale.

Illinois and Massachusetts were the only two with multiple top-10 colleges on the list.


The methodology U.S. News uses to rank each school is based on more than a dozen weighted factors, led by faculty resources, graduation and retention rates and undergraduate academic reputation (which is based on peer assessment surveys). Northwestern University in suburban Evanston continued its recent climb up the rankings, moving up to ninth place after finishing 10th, 11th and 12th over the past three years, respectively.

“Northwestern University understands that rankings can rise and fall, but we are delighted with our steady ascent in the U.S. News survey,” NU Provost Jonathan Holloway said in a statement.

“We see it as a wonderful external endorsement of what our extraordinarily talented community of faculty, staff and students does every day to make Northwestern one of the leading research universities in the world.”

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the next highest-ranked Illinois school, finishing in 48th place. Loyola University (104th), the Illinois Institute of Technology (117th), DePaul University (125th) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (132nd) also finished among the rankings top 150.

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