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US News Announces Top Colleges for 2018

U.S. News & World  Report announced its top colleges for 2018.  While the rankings are open to intrepretation and has its fair share of critics, it can be used as a starting point for any college list.  The US News ranks schools using quantitative factors — like graduation and retention rates — and qualitative factors — like peer assessment surveys from college presidents and deans of admissions. The list includes schools which offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and Ph.D. programs.  For more information,  read here.  Here are the Top 10:

10. California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

Peer Assessment Score: 4.6

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%

9. Duke University

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Durham, North Carolina

Peer Assessment Score: 4.4

2016 Graduation Rate: 95%

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peer Assessment Score: 4.5

2016 Graduation Rate: 95%

5. Stanford University

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Stanford, California

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 93%

5. Columbia University

New York, New York

Peer Assessment Score: 4.7

2016 Graduation Rate: 96%

3. Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Peer Assessment Score: 4.8

2016 Graduation Rate: 98%

3. University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Peer Assessment Score: 4.6

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%

2. Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 97%

1. Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 97%

Author: Yuri Punj

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