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Ranking of the Top Private Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for 2021


IBL News | New York

Each fall, over 400,000 students join private colleges. It means that one in five students chooses a private, nonprofit higher education over the public option.

With this data in mind, AcademicInfluence.com released this month its rank of the 50 Best Private Colleges & Universities of 2021.

Criteria in this ranking included full accreditation, operation as a nonprofit organization, and a minimum student body of 1,000 students.

“These schools stand out due to their influential faculty and alumni, and for their many unmatched accomplishments in academics,” explained Dr. Jed Macosko, Academic Director of AcademicInfluence.com and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

The following schools are featured in the ranking:

Amherst College
Bard College
Barnard College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
The Catholic University of America
Claremont McKenna College
Columbia University
Cooper Union
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Morehouse College
New School
New York University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Reed College
Rice University
Sarah Lawrence College
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Tufts University
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Washington University in St Louis
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University
Yeshiva University

The top 10 schools are:

California Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stanford University
University of Chicago
Princeton University
Columbia University
Yale University
Johns Hopkins University
Duke University

Behind the ranking is Fort Worth, Texas-based Influence Networks, which was created in 2016 with funding assistance from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

• Detailed Ranking of Top Schools

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