US News and World Report released the list of the “2011 edition of Best Colleges” Wednesday, August 18, 2010. In the category of National Universities, the top one university with a perfect score of 100 is Harvard University, followed by Princeton University with a score of 99 and at third rank is Yale University with a score of 98.
The sources of the list are the more than 1800 colleges and universities across United States. US News and World Report had used categories in ranking the colleges and universities. The criteria considered were best quality in education and best value for education.
The approach was started by categorizing the schools according to their mission, either a research university or a national liberal arts college. Afterwards, they gathered information on academic excellence based on 16 areas. Lastly, the colleges were ranked based on their composite weighted score.
In the category of National Liberal Arts Colleges, William College in Williamstown, Massachusetts got the first rank with a score of 100. Amherst College came in second with a score of 98. At third rank is Swarthmore College with a score of 96.
Not all colleges and universities in the US were included in the ranking because there are certain guidelines to be included in the list. One qualification is that a college or university must be regionally accredited and at least has a total enrollment of 200 students.