Where Did Boston Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges?

Did your alma mater make the cut?
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Gather ’round everyone, for U.S. News & World Report has released its 2017 Best Colleges ranking, and there is much trash-talking to be had with the school at the other end of the B Line.

Princeton University narrowly edged out Harvard for the number 1 spot in the national universities ranking yet again, while MIT ranked seventh. Tufts University placed 27th, with Boston College and Brandeis University following close behind at 31st and 34th, respectively. Northeastern University, which has a history of paying special attention to this ranking in particular, tied with Boston University for 39th, the highest ranking ever for the Terriers.

Also representing New England in the top 100 of national universities ranking were Yale (3rd), Dartmouth College (11th), Brown University (14th), University of Connecticut (T-60th), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (T-60th), Clark University (T-74th), and UMass Amherst (T-74th).

U.S. News’s national liberal arts colleges ranking gave top honors to Williams College, followed by fellow Massachusetts schools Amherst College and Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton’s alma mater. Vermont’s Middlebury College and Maine’s Bowdoin College placed fourth and sixth, respectively.

Rounding out the top 50 of the national liberal arts colleges ranking were Colby College (T-12th), Smith College (T-12th), Wesleyan University (T-21th), Bates College (T-27th), Holy Cross (T-32th) Mount Holyoke College (T-36th), Trinity College (T-38th), and Connecticut College (50th).

You can check out U.S. News’s comprehensive rankings here.


Kyle Scott Clauss Kyle Clauss, Digital News Writer at Boston Magazine bmagdigital+kclauss@gmail.com