Two Kansas colleges ranked in the top 200 on U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of national universities in the U.S. released Monday.
The top schools in the overall ranking for 2020 include Princeton University at No. 1, Harvard University at No. 2, Columbia University at No. 3 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University both tied for fourth to round out the top five.
Missouri schools ranked in the top 50 for regional Midwest universities include Truman State University in Kirksville at No. 7 and Rockhurst University in Kansas City at No. 13.
Earlier this summer, UM once again topped the list of top USA public universities, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2020-21.
To make valid comparisons, U.S. News groups schools by academic mission into 10 ranking cohorts including national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional universities, regional colleges and historically Black colleges and universities.
Pell Grant-eligible students now constitute around 24 percent of entering classes at the University.
Last year, UB continued its ascent in the rankings, coming in 79th nationally, a school record. It also ranked 90th for the best undergraduate engineering programs, tied with University of Kansas and 10 other schools.
U.S. News and World Report analyzed 1,452 U.S. schools that grant bachelor's degrees. The organization's methodology, according to its website, uses "only thoroughly vetted academic data from our surveys and reliable third-party sources".
Social factors such as athletics and student life weren't considered. By design, the Best Value Schools rankings place significant emphasis on affordability for students who may be eligible for need-based aid. Previously, colleges that did not require standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, were ineligible for consideration. In the Top Performers on Social Mobility list, which ranks schools by "enrollment and graduation of large proportions of disadvantaged students", UB moved up four spots and is ranked No. 62.
Get the best of 'the Prince' delivered straight to your inbox. It also has the 63rd-best undergraduate engineering program in the country and is ranked 87th among the best public schools in the U.S., the rankings show. The University was ranked first in the "Senior Capstone" category, which considers the culminating academic projects or theses that undergraduates undertake.
Washington Post analyst Valerie Strauss criticized the rankings' input data, writing, "Rankings are still ridiculous when it comes to choosing a college". John Tierney, a former professor at Boston College and contributor at The Atlantic, wrote that such lists only "exacerbate the status anxiety" of prospective students.