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CAMBRIDGE, MA - OCTOBER 10: Massachusetts Institute of Technology students play football outside the Maclaurin building October 10, 2003 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by William B. Plowman/Getty Images)

Tis the season for high school juniors and seniors to start looking at and applying to colleges. This list has come out at the absolute best time. U.S. News & World Report has released its list of the best colleges and universities. The rankings, however, have been causing some controversy in the past 24 hours. Many are accusing the colleges and universities of flubbing their numbers since they are submitted by the colleges and universities themselves. According to the U.S. News & World Report website, “For the 2022-2023 edition, U.S. News did not add new ranking indicators or modify the weights of existing indicators for the overall rankings. You can view those changes HERE.

How did they come up with this year’s rankings? According to Boston.com, “U.S. News used 17 metrics of academic quality to evaluate 1,500 colleges and universities, giving the most weight to outcome measures, such as social mobility, graduation and retention rates, and the average indebtedness for graduates.” You can read Boston.com’s story HERE.

As far as liberal arts colleges, several Massachusetts schools made the top 100 starting with the top three:
1. Williams College (MA)
2. Amherst College (MA)
3. Pomona College (CA)
New England schools in the rest of the top 100:
5. Wellesley College (MA)
6. Bowdoin College (ME) (tied with Carleton College and United States Naval Academy)
11. Middlebury College (VT) (tied with Washington and Lee University)
13. Smith College (MA) (tied with Vassar College)
18. Wesleyan University (CT) (tied with Barnard College, Colgate University, Haverford College, United States Air Force Academy, and University of Richmond)
24. Colby College (ME)
25. Bates College (ME)
33. College of the Holy Cross (MA) (tied with Pitzer College and Scripts College)
36. Mount Holyoke College (MA)
39. Trinity College (CT) (tied with Denison University, Franklin & Marshall College, Lafayette College, Oberlin College and Conservatory, and Skidmore College)
55. Connecticut College (CT) (tied with Centre College, Rhodes College, Trinity University, and Wabash College)
84. Bennington College (VT)
89. Stonehill College (MA) & Wheaton College (MA) (tied with Juniata College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Ursinus College)

As far as the rankings of Best Universities

MIT

CAMBRIDGE, MA – OCTOBER 10: Massachusetts Institute of Technology students play football outside the Maclaurin building October 10, 2003 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by William B. Plowman/Getty Images)

, Here are the top 13:

  • #13 Brown University

    How Does Brown University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Brown University is a private institution that was founded in 1764. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,349 (fall 2021), its setting is city, and the campus size is 146 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Brown University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #13.

  • #12 Dartmouth College

    How Does Dartmouth College Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Dartmouth College is a private institution that was founded in 1769. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,556 (fall 2021), its setting is rural, and the campus size is 237 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Dartmouth College's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #12.

  • Tie for #10 Northwestern University

    How Does Northwestern University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Northwestern University is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,494 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 231 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Northwestern University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #10.

  • Tie for #10 Duke University

    How Does Duke University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Duke University is a private institution that was founded in 1838. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,883 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 8,693 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Duke University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #10.

  • #9 California Institute of Technology

    How Does California Institute of Technology Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    California Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 987 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 124 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. California Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #9.

  • Tied for #7 University of Pennsylvania

    How Does University of Pennsylvania Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    University of Pennsylvania is a private institution that was founded in 1740. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,962 (fall 2021), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 299 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Pennsylvania's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #7.

  • Tied for #7 Johns Hopkins University

    How Does Johns Hopkins University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Johns Hopkins University is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,132 (fall 2021), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Johns Hopkins University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #7.

  • #6 University of Chicago

    How Does University of Chicago Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    A Message from the University University of Chicago is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,526 (fall 2021), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 217 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar.

  • Tied for #3 Yale University

    How Does Yale University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Yale University is a private institution that was founded in 1701. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,536 (fall 2021), its setting is city, and the campus size is 373 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Yale University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #3.

  • Tied for #3 Stanford University

    How Does Stanford University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Stanford University is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,645 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 8,180 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Stanford University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #3.

  • Tied for #3 Harvard University

    How Does Harvard University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Harvard University is a private institution that was founded in 1636. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,153 (fall 2021), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 5,076 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Harvard University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #3.

  • #2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    How Does Massachusetts Institute of Technology Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,638 (fall 2021), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 168 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Massachusetts Institute of Technology's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #2.

  • #1 Princeton University

    How Does Princeton University Rank Among America's Best Colleges?

    Princeton University is a private institution that was founded in 1746. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,321 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Princeton University's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #1.