Northwestern to stay at 9th place in U.S

Clay Curtis
September 16, 2020

Boston College placed 35th in the 2021 survey of national universities released today by U.S. News & World Report, an increase of two points from last year's rankings. "And we appreciate the remarkable efforts by our students, faculty, and staff to continue pursuing that mission energetically, imaginatively, and passionately while working to protect the health and well-being of our entire community amid the COVID-19 pandemic". The ranking for "Most Innovative Schools" is determined by top college officials who identify institutions in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities.

The university of almost 20,000 undergraduate students also ranked 60th among public schools, 68th among most innovative schools and 86th among best colleges for veterans, according to the report.

The pandemic did not impact the data that schools submitted, according to U.S. News, which is from fall 2019 and earlier.

Social factors such as athletics and student life weren't considered.

This year, U.S. News introduced a category of undergraduate computer science programs, where NU ranked 25th - tied with Duke, the University of Chicago, Brown University, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine. It ranked 112th among schools with the best value.

Top Performers in Social Mobility are ranked for their success in advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.

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In the last year, St. Lawrence was also included in several of The Princeton Review's other popular publications, including Best Value Colleges, in which St. Lawrence's alumni network has been ranked among the best in the nation for the last several years, most recently earning the No. 4 spot.

Baker University in Baldwin City ranked 258th among national universities.

The U.S. News college rankings, however, have faced widespread criticism and scrutiny from leaders in higher education.

Washington Post analyst Valerie Strauss criticized the rankings' input data, writing, "Rankings are still ridiculous when it comes to choosing a college".

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