The Best U.S. Colleges in 2022 – The Wall Street Journal

Tap to see the schools that took home top honors in the 2022 WSJ/Times Higher Education college rankings.
What Do These Measure?
Our college rankings are based on 15 factors across four categories: student outcomes, academic resources, student engagement, and the learning environment.
Pictured, Stanford University
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What Makes Ours Different?
Some college rankings focus on inputs: They measure the quality of incoming students, considering standardized-test scores and high-school rankings. Ours focus on outputs, emphasizing the return on investment students see after they graduate.
Pictured, Yale University
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Harvard took the top spot because it ranked third in outcomes, resources and engagement.
Yale and Princeton tied for the best outcomes and Caltech had the most resources.

Tap to see the top schools in other categories
Pictured, Harvard University
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Best Value
The rankings also measure the best value among the top 250 schools by dividing each institution’s overall score by its net price. By that metric, these are the top 3.
1) CUNY City College of New York
2) CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College
3) Berea College

Pictured, CUNY City College of New York
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Best Collegiate Environment
1) La Sierra University
2) Rutgers University
3) California State University, Northridge
3) University of California, Irvine
3) San Francisco State University
Pictured, La Sierra University
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Explore the Full List
Keep in mind: The WSJ/THE rankings are intended to serve as a starting point for families considering their options: The “best” school in the world might not be the best one for you.
Pictured, Arizona State University
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