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US News & World Report’s Best Colleges of 2009

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While these types of lists are about as valuable as lists for the top paying jobs, they sure are fun to read, aren’t they? I put even less stock in these types of lists since they’re far more generic than top job lists and less quantifiable. It’s like when the coaches are polled to get the rankings of the NCAA Division I football teams… I can’t remember the last time a pre-season #1 ended up with the trophy that next January (I don’t follow much college football though, I did go to Robocup powerhouse Carnegie Mellon).

Here are some fun facts before you get to the list:

  • If you compare out-of-state costs, the cheapest university is #25 UCLA at $26,102 a year. The most expensive is #8 Columbia University located in New York, NY with an annual price tag of $39,326. #1 Harvard is an affordable $36,173 a year for tuition and fees.
  • There are only three “public” universities, in the sense that they offer in-state tuition discounts, and they are UC Berkeley ($8,932/yr in-state), UVA ($9,300/yr in-state) and UCLA ($7,034/yr in-state).
  • The university with the smallest 2007 enrollment was #6 CalTech at 2,133; the largest enrollment was at, not surprisingly, #25 UCLA with 38,896.
  • Every one of the eight “Ivy League” universities is on the list (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale), with Brown ranked the lowest at #16. The top 3 are Ivy League schools.
  • Each university is scored from 0 – 100, #1 Harvard scored 100 while #25 UCLA scored 73. The lowest “Tier 1″ university, #130 Samford University in Birmingham, AL scored a 32.

The Top 25 Universities

  1. Harvard University
  2. Princeton University
  3. Yale University
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Stanford University
  6. University of Pennsylvania
  7. California Institute of Technology
  8. Columbia University
  9. Duke University
  10. University of Chicago
  11. Dartmouth College
  12. Northwestern University
  13. Washington University
  14. Cornell University
  15. Johns Hopkins University
  16. Brown University
  17. Rice University
  18. Emory University (T-18th)
  19. University of Notre Dame (T-18th)
  20. Vanderbilt University (T-18th)
  21. University of California at Berkeley
  22. Carnegie Mellon University
  23. Georgetown University
  24. University of Virginia
  25. University of California at Los Angeles

Best Colleges 2009 [US News & World Report]

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6 Responses to “US News & World Report’s Best Colleges of 2009”

  1. Jon says:

    w00t #15! :)

  2. Nice to remind ourselves what list to target for our kids! :) My alma mater is in the bottom half…. :D Where’d you go to school, Jim?

  3. jim says:

    I went to Carnegie Mellon and Johns Hopkins… 15 and 22, w00t w00t. :)

  4. Ceo Reom says:

    Can someone take some of our freshmen please? I don’t wanna swim across crowds of 2012 kids next year at UCLA. Sigh. :P

    (And this reminds me that college is starting again…uggggh).

    Oh and one last note, UCLA > UCB because that was my decision. lol.

  5. Patrick says:

    Go University of Maryland, coming it at 53 :)

  6. poscogrubb says:

    @Ceo That’s why I’m staying put in my cool dungeon lab all day until the undergrads march off to their dorms.
    U-C-L-A Fight Fight Fight!

    Actually, on the rare occasion that I actually pay attention to collegiate sports, I’m prone to root for my undergrad alma mater, #41 Univ. of Washington. Go, Huskies!


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