Which Ivy League School Is Ranked as the No. 1 College in the Country?

Hint: It rhymes with "Schmarvard"

Harvard University's main campus (Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)
Harvard University's main campus (Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / September 5, 2019 11:13 am

The annual Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings are out today, and Harvard University has come out on top, ranked No. 1 overall. The school is just one of four Ivy League universities in the top five.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ranked second, followed by Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania at third and fourth, respectively. California Institute of Technology and Princeton University tied for fifth place.

As the Wall Street Journal notes, the rankings are based on 15 factors which are divided into four main categories: student outcomes, which makes up 40 percent of each school’s overall score; academic resources, which accounts for 30 percent; student engagement (20 percent) and diversity (10 percent).

This year’s ranking took into account approximately 174,000 survey responses from college students and made to changes to the methodology from previous years’ rankings. As the WSJ wrote, “The approach to measuring student debt shifted to highlight how much the average graduate will owe, as opposed to the likelihood they’ll default on that total. And the rankings now incorporate a more comprehensive degree-completion metric that better assesses the chance that any entering student will make it through to commencement.” You can see the full rankings here.

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