Duke may be number one in our hearts, but it ranked twelfth in the 2021 edition of Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list.
For the first time ever, a public school—University of California-Berkeley—topped the list. Six public institutions were ranked within the top 25 schools.
The new rankings factor in “what kind of students [universities] educate and whether they make themselves accessible to those who can’t afford high sticker prices.”
Yale University ranked second on this year’s Forbes list, followed by Princeton University, Stanford University and Columbia University in the third, fourth, and fifth place spots. Dartmouth College secured the eleventh-highest ranking, just one spot ahead of Duke.
Forbes’ revamped methodology accounts for alumni salary, average federal student loan debt and five-year repayment rates, student return on investment, retention rate and graduation rate. The rankings also take into consideration the number of students who make the Forbes American Leaders List and earn doctoral degrees and prominent fellowships.
Forbes’ top colleges list was drawn from a selection of 600 four-year schools, a pool of about 15% of the nearly 4,000 degree-granting academic institutions in the country.
Anna Zolotor is a Trinity junior and news editor of The Chronicle's 117th volume.