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Princeton and Williams are still at the top of the US News rankings – but the new formula throws through the year lists

Princeton and Williams are still at the top of the US News rankings – but the new formula throws through the year lists

The American news and world report has thoroughly revised its college-ranking formula this year, with more emphasis being placed on social mobility and less on exclusivity in admissions, a change that has disrupted its lists of top universities and universities on Monday.

Two schools continued their long runs on top of the rankings: Princeton University was the number 1 national university for the eighth consecutive year and Williams College was the largest liberal art academy for the 16th year in a row.

National universities place a great emphasis on research and reward bachelor's, master's and doctoral titles. Liberal art academies are focused on undergraduate education.

To rank schools, US News collects and analyzes data from reputational surveys along with information on graduation numbers, faculty sources, academic references from students, alumni and other factors. Critics have long argued that the formula relies too much on prestige and wealth, and not enough on the value that schools add to society.

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