The 10 US colleges where everyone wants to go — for good reason

Princeton University is the best college in America, according to the latest ranking from US News & World Report.

The Princeton, New Jersey-based Ivy League school ranked first due to a combination of factors such as its selective admissions rate, high peer assessment scores, and strong graduation rate.

The US News ranks schools using quantitative factors – like graduation and retention rates – and qualitative factors – like peer assessment surveys from college presidents and deans of admissions. The list includes schools which offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and Ph.D. programs.

Read on below to see which schools round out the top 10.


10. California Institute of Technology

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Pasadena, California

Peer Assessment Score: 4.6

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%


9. Duke University

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Durham, North Carolina

Peer Assessment Score: 4.4

2016 Graduation Rate: 95%


8. University of Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peer Assessment Score: 4.5

2016 Graduation Rate: 95%


5. Stanford University

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Stanford, California

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%


5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 93%


5. Columbia University

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New York, New York

Peer Assessment Score: 4.7

2016 Graduation Rate: 96%


3. Yale University

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New Haven, Connecticut

Peer Assessment Score: 4.8

2016 Graduation Rate: 98%


3. University of Chicago

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Chicago, Illinois

Peer Assessment Score: 4.6

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%


2. Harvard University

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 97%


1. Princeton University

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Princeton, New Jersey

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 97%