USNews Prestige Ranking

Universities with the highest academic reputation.

1 Harvard University (MA)
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3 Stanford University (CA)
4 Princeton University (NJ)
5 Yale University (CT)
6 University of California--Berkeley
7 Columbia University (NY)
8 University of Chicago
9 California Institute of Technology
10 Johns Hopkins University (MD)
11 Cornell University (NY)
12 Duke University (NC)
13 University of Pennsylvania
14 Dartmouth College (NH)
15 Northwestern University (IL)
16 Brown University (RI)
17 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
18 University of Virginia
19 Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
20 University of California--Los Angeles
21 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
22 Washington University in St. Louis
23 Vanderbilt University (TN)
24 Georgetown University (DC)
25 Georgia Institute of Technology
26 University of Wisconsin--Madison
27 University of Texas--Austin

Ranking is by peer assessment.
wwwusnewscom/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2013/02/28/which-universities-are-ranked-highest-by-college-officials

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Comments (38)

Jun 23, 2016

Personally, I do not understand how UC Berkeley is ranked higher than UPenn / Cornell / Columbia / etc. Berkeley is an amazing school, but IMO cannot touch the network of the schools listed above.

Jun 23, 2016

Chill, it's a mirror of research productivity, which correlates to tenures.

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Jun 23, 2016

Two state schools (Berkeley, Cornell) in the top 15. Very impressive.

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Jun 23, 2016
short_round:

Two state schools (Berkeley, Cornell) in the top 15. Very impressive.

Cornell is not a state school now get me my fucking multiples

Jun 23, 2016

I don't see the issue. Berkeley is a top 10 school on anyones list. Berkely's academics put it very high.
USNews World Ranking has Berkeley 3rd in the entire world! Berkeley is the complete package. Prestige+Academics!

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Jun 23, 2016

Top 10 for what? I think most people, myself included, don't consider Berkeley a top 10 university.

For example, US News ranks Berkeley as the 20th best university in the United States. The global scale you are referring to doesn't make sense at all and shouldn't be referenced. The US News global ranking system is a mess. In fact, I think all of the global ranking scales are seriously misleading. You can't seriously believe Berkeley to be better than Stanford, Cambridge, and Princeton.

Jun 23, 2016

nice try cornell

Jun 23, 2016

Dartmouth lower than Cornell??

Jun 23, 2016

I think its a similar argument to Berkeley. Cornell has prestige+very high academics. Whereas Dartmouth is more prestige but so-so academics.
Cornell in my view is more of a complete package. But that's just my opinion.
BTW, Cornell is an ivy and is private, not sure why people are saying its a public school.

Jun 23, 2016

Everyone realizes this is a ranking from 2013, right?

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Jun 26, 2016

These rankings are wrong; there are actually many ties (go check the link that was posted by OP)

Jun 26, 2016

There was an active thread already dedicated to the discussion of this.

Jun 26, 2016

Where? I want to laugh at all the NYU kids! I have been saying for years NYU is an overated, 100k/year school with 0 prestige to show for it. I was happy to see the rankings reflect that.

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Jun 26, 2016

I thought Alabama was #1?

Jun 26, 2016

people still care about this crap?

Jun 26, 2016
Beretta:

people still care about this crap?

You mean that thing where people compile objective data and compare institutions based on that data using transparent criteria? Yeah people still care about that...

Jun 26, 2016

This is banking you're either a target or not. Get this high school fluff shit out of here.

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Jun 26, 2016

ltohang, I love how all these trolls ask pointless questions or demean you after you provide a perfectly legitimate link with information relevant to the industry and working world. Thank you for posting, helpful to see where things shake out on the rankings front.

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Jun 26, 2016
Soapy.Detergent:

ltohang, I love how all these trolls ask pointless questions or demean you after you provide a perfectly legitimate link with information relevant to the industry and working world. Thank you for posting, helpful to see where things shake out on the rankings front.

But how exactly does one define "link?" I do not purport to be someone who has the authority to make such determinations as calling something "helpful" vs. not so helpful, what makes you any different? Why is the world the way it is? What am I?

Jun 26, 2016
Soapy.Detergent:

ltohang, I love how all these trolls ask pointless questions or demean you after you provide a perfectly legitimate link with information relevant to the industry and working world. Thank you for posting, helpful to see where things shake out on the rankings front.

I don't see how this "objective" ranking is at all useful. As someone who goes to an Ivy (my 2 brothers go to a different Ivy), I seriously doubt there's a big difference in education between Brown/Columbia or Darmouth/Cornell.

Jun 26, 2016

Still interested by these rankings, but everything past harvard is decided by more political jockeying at this point than "facts". Don't know how anyone could justify Columbia or Chicago as better undergraduate institutions than Stanford.

There is no spoon

Jun 26, 2016

The only thing I can see when looking at this list is that I could be dropping nearly half a mil for two kids' college educations (in today's dollars). Mind blowing.

Jun 26, 2016

The troll has been fed.

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Jun 26, 2016

There are geniuses everywhere, there are idiots everywhere. Thus the VERY correct assumption that these lists are always asinine. Also, lol @ calling them objective.

GBS

Jun 26, 2016

Where can I find these at? I went to the web-site and this wasn't the order. NYU made a big jump, not many other changes from what I see...

Jun 26, 2016

You gotta pay to see go buy the magazine if you really want too.