The U.S. News and World Report has released its annual college rankings for the year 2018 and for the seventh year in a row Princeton has earned the distinction of being named by the publication as the nation’s top university. The top five is rounded out by Harvard at second and then a tie between The universities of Chicago and Yale. The top five becomes a top six due to another tie between Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Also of note in the report was the University of Clemson’s Education program being named the top online graduate education program in the country. This was after the college failed to register in the top ten just one year ago.
The criteria used to rank schools were the academic accomplishment, rates of graduation, faculty and resources and the school’s rate freshman retention.
A new addition to the report is the first time offering of information pertaining to the salary information for graduates from 1000 colleges and universities. The data was provided to the publication by Payscale and reports the median beginning salaries for graduates with five years or less of work experience.
The military gives a good showing on this list as West Point and the Naval Academy are tied for first place with a median starting salary of $80,000. The California Institute of Technology is next with a more than respectable showing at a starting salary of $78,000.
The full list of rankings for colleges and universities in the United States can be seen at USNews.com.