How do you classify the college experience? It’s not easy but, apparently, is possible. Keep in mind that experts urge students to take all college rankings with a grain of salt - because not everyone is the same person, so the "best" fit for an individual will naturally differ.
It's still fun to see who made the list, though! In addition to the list, Fastweb also researched the scholarships at each of the universities within the top ten to help you see what's available in terms of financial support.
Many of the top schools merely have financial aid programs based on need or merit alone, but we've included all of the information available to help you make an informed decision on your college options.
Rankings were based on a variety of factors - academic value, location, campus life, available financial aid and mission are among the factors taken into account. (You can see all of the criteria here
According to U.S. News & World Report
, the following are the top ten best colleges within the United States.
(Spoiler alert: Three colleges came in tied at number seven and two tied at number five, omitting eighth and ninth place!)
10. California Institute of Technology
Check out California Institute of Technology's Stamps Foundation Scholarship.
7. University of Pennsylvania; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Duke University
University of Pennsylvania's scholarships as well as Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholarships are need based.
Check out Duke University’s University Scholars Program.
5. University of Chicago; Stanford University
University of Chicago offers the UChicago Charter School Scholarship, Odyssey Scholarship and Merit Scholarship.
Stanford University offers financial need scholarships as well as other types of scholarships.
4. Columbia University
All Columbia University scholarships are need based.
3. Yale University
All Yale University scholarships are need based.
2. Harvard University
All Harvard University scholarships are need-based.
1. Princeton University
Check out Princeton University’s Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships and the William G. Bowen Merit Fellowship.
Do these rankings affect your college choices? How much weight does it hold on your decision making process?