Eight schools from New Jersey have topped the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, including Princeton University coming in at number 1.
Princeton was also number 1 in the 2018 rankings.
The methodology of ranking schools has changed some in 2019 to better reflect student outcomes including increasing the weight of these kinds of factors up to 35 percent. The changes include added social mobility indicators, the elimination of acceptance rate as a factor and reducing the weight of SAT/ACT scores.
“A university is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why the Best Colleges rankings place the greatest value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates,” U.S. News Chief Data Strategist Robert Morse in a statement. “By including social mobility indicators, U.S. News is further recognizing colleges that serve all of their students, regardless of economic status.”
See where New Jersey’s schools appeared:
No. 1 – Princeton University
No. 56 – Rutgers University-New Brunswick
No. 70 – Stevens Institute of Technology
No. 106 -– New Jersey Institute of Technology
No. 115 – Rutgers University-Newark
No. 119 – Seton Hall University
No. 169 – Montclair State University
No. 171 – Rowan University