Academics -- Overall

Along with Sports, Cost and Quality of Life, Academics is one of the four major categories used to compare the schools.  In order to get an overall comparison, the schools are compared on the following sub-categories:

  • SAT scores (highest to lowest)
  • Overall number of National Merit Scholars

  • Number of National Merit Scholars per student
  • Percentage of students who were in their top 10% of their high scool class
  • Percentage of applicants accepted (lowest to highest)
  • Number of  faculty awards
  • Number of National Academy Members among the faculty
  • Number of National Academy Members among the faculty per student

Each school is then graded in each of the subcategories and then averaged for an overall score.  They are then ranked numerically, with the results below.

Schools

Rank Academic

Harvard University

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2

Princeton University

3

Yale University

4

Stanford University

5

California Institute of Technology

6

Washington University in St. Louis

7

University of Pennsylvania

8

Columbia University

9

Duke University

10

Rice University

11

University of Chicago

12

Johns Hopkins University

13

Dartmouth College

14

University of California

15

Northwestern University

15

Brown University

17

Cornell University

18

University of Southern California

19

University of California (UCLA)

20

Emory University

21

University of North Carolina

22

Vanderbilt University

23

University of Michigan

24

Williams College

25

Georgia Institute of Technology

26

Georgetown University

27

Amherst College

28

New York University

29

University of Virginia

30

University of Notre Dame

31

Tufts University

32

Carnegie Mellon University

33

Case Western Reserve University

33

Brandeis University

35

University of Texas

36

Carleton College

37

University of Florida

38

Pomona College

39

Middlebury College

40

Bowdoin College

41

University of Wisconsin

42

Oberlin College

43

Swarthmore College

44

Macalaster College

45

University of Maryland

46

Tulane University

47

Boston University

48

Wesleyan University

49

University of Illinois

50

University of Washington

51

Washington and Lee University

52

Texas A&M University

53

Ohio State University

54

Wake Forest University

55

Penn State University

56

Wellesley College

57

Cooper Union

58

University of Minnesota

59

Boston College

59

Haverford College

61

Vassar College

62

University of Kansas

63

Grinnell College

64

Purdue University

65

University of Miami

66

University of Arizona

67

Davidson College

68

Iowa State University

69

Bates College

70

Rutgers

71

University of Iowa

72

University of Georgia

73

Illinois Institute of Technology

73

Smith College

75

Brigham Young University

76

Kenyon College

77

Arizona State University

78

University of Alabama

79

Reed College

80

Bryn Mawr College

81

Florida State University

82

U.S. Air Force Academy

83

Michigan State University

83

University of Colorado

85

University of Oklahoma

86

University of Kentucky

86

U.S. Naval Academy

88

Bucknell University

89

University of Missouri

90

Sarah Lawrence College

91

College of the Atlantic

92

Trinity University

93

University of Arkansas

94

Villanova University

95

University of South Carolina

96

Mount Holyoke College

97

University of Nebraska

98

Louisiana State University

99

Gonzaga University

100

Indiana University

101

University of Oregon

102

College of New Jersey

102

Wheaton College

104

University of Mississippi

105

University of Tennessee

106

New School University

107

University of Cincinnati

108

St. John's College (Md)

109

Rhode Island School of Design

110

Abilene Christian University

111

Oklahoma State University

112

Juilliard School

113

North Dakota State University

114

DePaul University

115

Temple University

116

Hollins University

117

Culinary Institute of America

118

Lincoln University

119

San Diego State University

120

North Central College

121

Tuskegee University

122

St. Augustine's College

123

Florida Southern College

124

Methodist College

125

Adams State College

126