August 31, 2009

‘U.S. News & World Report’ releases Best Colleges rankings

Johns Hopkins takes a step up this year, moving from the 15th to 14th spot in U.S. News & World Report’s latest tally of the country’s Best National Universities, part of its annual Best Colleges issue. Harvard and Princeton tied this year for the top ranking, followed by Yale at No. 3.

In rankings for best undergraduate engineering programs among schools whose highest degree is a PhD, Johns Hopkins is tied for 14th, the same as in the past four years. In specialty rankings, JHU retains its No. 1 spot in biomedical engineering, followed again by Duke, Georgia Tech, UC–San Diego and MIT. In environmental engineering/environmental health, Johns Hopkins is tied at No. 5 with Georgia Tech, following Stanford, California, Illinois and Michigan.

In an unranked section called “Programs to Look For,” Johns Hopkins is included in the category of “Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.”

In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” section, JHU is listed 18th among national universities, up from 19th last year. This category rates “best value” as indicated by a formula comparing a school’s U.S. News ranking to its net cost of attendance.

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