College Rankings 2019: Top 10 Best Universities Ranked By WSJ

For you nervous, indecisive high school seniors who can’t choose which Ivy Leagues to apply to, this post is for you. Wall Street Journal just released its third annual edition of their Higher Education College Rankings with results that are not all too shocking. For those who don’t know what it is, hear me out when I say this.

We got you.

The WSJ/THE rankings describe how well a college prepares their students for life after graduation. WSJ/THE’s base its rankings on 15 factors that spans across four major categories: 40% of selected school’s general score comes from student outcomes that include factors of the graduate’s salaries, 30% from the school’s academic resources, 20% from how well it engages its students and lastly, 10% from the diversity of its students and staff. The way they do their rankings is by gathering 189,000 responses from students to answer a survey about how challenging they find their classes, how encouraging school staffs are and whether they have opportunities to collaborate with classmates.

With that being said, Harvard has remained dominant in this ranking for two years in a row, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology hitting second, and Yale University third. Many schools have improved in specific fields over the years like Yale in its performance of how well their students are engaging with learning and communications with their peers as well as the diversity of other students and faculty members. Some Universities have moved up the ranking, which pushed some schools like Cornell University out of the top 10. This survey was done by 200,000 currently attending students of these schools to find out about their satisfaction with their experience in that school. Information was also derived from The Academic Reputation Survey, which determines the reputations for excellence in teaching.

From the THE World University Rankings:

Academic Reputation Survey, carried out in partnership with Elsevier, is uniquely rigorous and balanced. It is invitation-only, to ensure that only experienced, published scholars can take part and to ensure a truly representative statistical sample of global scholarship, across countries and academic disciplines. Universities cannot nominate anyone to take part, they cannot supply contact lists and individuals cannot nominate themselves to take part.

The survey is available in 15 languages and it is distributed and analyzed to reflect the actual distribution of scholars throughout the world, based on the latest United Nations data. We also ensure an equal balance of responses against all the broad academic disciplines. So we can reach the Chinese philosophy experts, the Russian literature specialists and the performing artists, alongside experts from other nations and disciplines, to get additional insight into research excellence in places bibliometrics cannot always reach.

With that being said, here are the Top 10 College Rankings:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Yale University
  4. Columbia University
  5. California Institute of Technology
  6. Stanford University
  7. Brown University
  8. Duke University
  9. Princeton University
  10. University of Pennsylvania
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