Salt Lake City, Utah – Three of Utah’s universities have been ranked among the best national universities in the nation.
In the U.S. News latest ranks, hundreds of colleges and universities are ranked based on factors like retention of students, class size, undergraduate academic reputation, and how much each school invests in instruction and student services.
U.S. News also ranks schools among three categories – liberal arts, by region, and national universities. Those among the national universities include a mix of research institutions offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.
Princeton topped out the U.S. News list with Columbia, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tying for second. Yale landed in the fifth spot and Stanford and the University of Chicago tied for sixth. The University of Pennsylvania took eighth and four colleges tied for ninth: California Institute of Technology, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern University.
Three Utah universities landed spots on the list as well. Brigham Young University and the University of Utah fell within the top 100 while Utah State University claimed a spot in the top 250.
BYU tied for the 79th spot with three other schools – American University in Washington, D.C., Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and North Carolina State University.
Utah tied for 99th with the University of Oregon, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Auburn University in Alabama.
Utah State landed in 249th, tying with Bowling Green State University out of Ohio, Harding University of Searcy, Ark., Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tex., the University of Memphis in Tenn., the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the University of New England in Maine, the University of North Dakota, the University of St. Francis in Ill., Wayne State University in Mich., and West Virginia University.
U.S. News also ranked schools per region. Utah, falling in the west region, had four schools make the cut. Out of 126 schools, here are the top five schools in the west region.
1. Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas
2. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
3. University of Portland
4. Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.
5. St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga
For Utah, Salt Lake City’s Westminster College was the highest ranking in the west, landing in the 18th spot. The next highest-ranking Utah school is Southern Utah University at 67th. Weber State University took 77th in the west while Utah Valley University landed between 94th and 122nd based on the U.S. News rankings.