Best National Universities in the USA in 2022
1. Introduction to the National Universities
This post will take you through the US higher education system, to give you a brief overview of the best universities in the country and which ones to consider.
It is true that there are a lot of excellent universities in the US, but they are not all the same: they all have very different missions and they differ in their relevance to different markets. There are some big differences between the big five (US public universities):
From left to right: Harvard (1), Penn (2), Columbia (3), Stanford (4), and Yale (5).
So even if you can’t name every single one, one or two of them may be worth considering as the first stop for anyone looking for university education.
2. Top Tier National Universities in the USA Today
The annual U.S. News and World Report rankings for its 2018 edition have been released, and it is with a heavy heart that I must report that the University of Washington tops the list.
The University of Washington was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top public university in the United States, while the University of Arizona may have spent more time in this particular ranking than any other school, at number two on the list (though only because it’s so close to number one).
If you’re not familiar with U.S. News and World Report’s methodology (which I haven’t), they publish an annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges”, looking at a broad range of criteria: cost, graduation rate, student selectivity, employment rates, etc. For this year, they looked at both academic reputation (the prestige factor) and affordability (the availability factor).
Both factors were taken into account for this year’s rankings; but just between those two filters, Washington State University was edged out by only one other school: the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1st) and Florida International University (2nd). This year also marked the end of 34 years without a new #1 nation; it will be interesting to see if this continues next year or not – though UW has no reason to fear a drop in rankings from #1 to #2 (unlike many other schools who have designs on being #1 themselves again).
I can say with some confidence that these are some very good results; though I think we all need to look beyond just these numbers when evaluating colleges; especially given that other metrics seem to be dropping far more quickly than they used to: graduation rate is down by 5% this year compared to last (a decline which leads us back into our first topic); net price is down by 6%; affordability index went up from 4-5% last year to 10-15% today — yet another sign that college costs are significantly higher than before; enrollment is up slightly compared to last year (though still below where it once was), and student selectivity remains stubbornly high despite recent drops — which suggests that many students are staying put rather than finding their way elsewhere — which is exactly what happens when you get an elite institution like Washington State! And while there is no direct connection between student selectivity index & graduation rate or net price index & enrollment.
3. What are the Best National Universities in the USA?
We have a long time to wait until 2022, but it’s fascinating to see where the best universities are in America today. The criteria here is that the school should be accredited by the higher education accrediting bodies (with a minimum of 30 points on each qualification) and offer an undergraduate degree program that is offered during at least 8 years of study.
The ranking below is based entirely on our own calculations and will not be influenced by any outside factors.
We’re reliably informed that Rossmannevi University in Buenos Aires has been ranked first for its undergraduate program, but there are still other contenders for best national university in 2022.
Here we go with the results:
1) University of Puerto Rico (Ricardo d’Anconia)
2) Universidad de Palencia (Spain) 3) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City, Mexico) 4) University of Illinois (Chicago, IL USA) 5) Universidad de Santiago de Cuba (Cuba City, Cuba – Havana, Cuba 6) Instituto Politécnico Nacional – UNAM (Mexico City, Mexico – Oaxaca, Mexico 7) Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Vizcaya/Gipuzkoa/Zaragoza/San Sebastián-Páriz/Madrid-Málaga-Córdoba-Granada-Almería-Albacete-Tenerife Islands Spain).
8. University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia PA 9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge MA 10. SUNY at Buffalo – Buffalo NY 11. Vanderbilt University – Nashville TN 12. University at Buffalo – Buffalo NY 13. Stanford University – Stanford CA 14. Harvard College Yard – Cambridge MA 15. MIT Cambridge – Cambridge MA 16. Yale School of Management – New Haven CT 17. Duke Global Center for Business & Law – Durham NC 18. Columbia Business School – New York NY 19. Chicago Booth School of Business – Chicago IL 20. Emory University – Atlanta GA 21. Florida International University – Miami FL 22. Florida State College at Broward College – Fort Lauderdale FL 23. Indian Institute of Technology.
4. The Short List of Top National Universities in the USA
The list below is not a ranking. It is simply a list of the top universities in the USA according to their rankings as ranked by U.S. News and World Report as of September 2018. While not an official ranking, it should be taken into consideration when looking at criteria such as financial strength, international profile, and other sources of data on universities.
The top 10 schools in the US are:
1. University of California, Berkeley: 2nd
2. Columbia University: 3rd
3. Harvard University: 4th
4. Stanford University: 5th
5. Cornell University: 6th-7th
5. Looking at the Rankings of Top National Universities
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a nonprofit that is the oldest, largest education-reform organization in the country, recently released its list of the top national universities. The list has five tiers:
Tier 1: 14 schools that received at least a bronze medal in the 2016 U.S. News Best National Universities rankings.
The schools include:
1. University of Texas at Austin (Austin)
2. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
3. University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley)
4. University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
5. Princeton University (Princeton)
6. What makes a University National?
This post is a self-assessment and includes some of the criteria we use to judge universities.
It may be that this list was compiled in light of some specific criteria, but it is not a ranking or prioritization. In fact, the criteria used are very general and have no particular relationship with excellence or disruption.
What we are looking for is an institution that is:
• An institution that can offer the broadest range of courses from all over the world, providing access to every topic and discipline
• An institution with vibrant student life (that embraces students as individuals)
• The best educational experience in the United States for students who come from around the world
These criteria are more than just criteria: they are guidelines for what it means to be “National”. They should provide a guide for evaluating universities and how best to evaluate them (and the institutions behind them).
The questions we generate in this question-and-answer exercise are intended to answer three basic questions:
• What makes a National University? (What made Dartmouth College National?)
• What makes an American University? (What made Harvard University American?)
As you will see below, these questions can also be applied to other categories of institutions. For example, it may make sense to look at a university’s geographic location relative to its local community — or even its size relative to other nearby universities. And while these questions refer specifically to universities in the United States, they could serve as useful guidelines for evaluating international universities as well. In fact, this post might have been easier without them! But given today’s hyper-localized environment, local communities have become more important than ever before — making it more difficult than ever before for students from other countries who want access to higher education in their home countries – which is why school choice will continue to be an important issue even as funding levels decline.
7. The Top National Universities are…
This is the longest and most detailed list of the best universities in the USA. The top 12 is a list of colleges and universities in the United States that are ranked highest by U.S. News and World Report.
It should be noted that U.S. News, which publishes this ranking, ranks all schools equally (as they do for undergraduate tuition rates). The methodology used takes into account several factors to determine each school’s reputation, such as quality of education and student satisfaction, along with a number of other factors (such as selectivity, alumni, and endowment). But the rankings are not based on college prestige but rather on competitiveness, which helps to explain why the top three schools on this list are all in California.
If you live in California you’re not going to go to a school like Duke or Stanford — U.C. Berkeley probably makes more sense because it’s closer to where you live — but if you want to get an idea about how well a school does at representing diversity across its graduates then California is for you; because of its large population of diverse people it has an easily identifiable group of young people who have left their home state for reasons such as work or family, who can then be compared with other students from across the country to see how well they do relative to their peers elsewhere in the country (which is why U.C. Berkeley may be so wonderfully diverse).
These rankings also don’t take into account any advantage students from certain states might have over those from other states — e.g., students from New York would seem better represented than those from Texas or West Virginia – but there’s nothing wrong with that! The nation’s best public universities are certainly very impressive looking institutions — set against our own state’s universities, they seem like small towns – so we chose some great examples for this list:
Barton College San Francisco University Of Chicago Northwestern University Vanderbilt University Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Stanford University Johns Hopkins University Yale University Brown University Cornell University Harvard University UCLA Los Angeles California Schools For The Deaf American International College Boston University Brown Central Connecticut State College George Washington State UCLA Long Island School Of Medicine Loyola Marymount University Michigan State University Morningside College New York Medical College Pennsylvania State College – Philadelphia Temple University Tufts-New England U Chicago Yeshiva Universities, As far as I know, Tufts is only mentioned.
8. Final Thoughts and Conclusions
There is a number of great universities that should be in the top 10. But there are also many more that deserve to be in the top 50.
In this post, I’ll look at some of them and discuss why they are all worthy of inclusion in the top 50, as well as where they stand vis-à-vis each other (in terms of quality and quantity of research). I’ll then conclude with a few thoughts on who would have made each team’s list and what their path to the top looks like.
There are a lot of great universities out there, so we have decided to create a separate post for those universities, which will not only be ranked but also go into some detail about what makes them so good, as well as where they fit in the ranking process.