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These are the top best colleges for 2015! If you have not decided on which college you would like for your child to attend….It’s time to start thinking now and while kids are really young. At the tender age of only four Charm knew she wanted to attend Harvard University!  So happy to see Harvard made the list for the top 2015 best colleges.

Just wait Harvard 2024 is when Charm will be heading your way! 

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U.S. News & World Report released the 30th edition of its flagship Best Colleges rankings, which measure academic excellence. For the second year in a row, Princeton University claims sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the Best National Universities category. Williams College tops the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, making it No. 1 for 12 years in a row. University of California—Berkeley holds onto its spot as the Top Public School among National Universities.

The 2015 edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide to help parents and students evaluate their options. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence. Outcome-related measures, such as graduation and retention rates, account for 30 percent of the rankings and are the most heavily weighted factors in the methodology.

New this year, U.S. News has published campus crime and security information reported by schools to the U.S. Department of Education to make it more accessible to parents and students. These Clery Act data – which most colleges are mandated to report annually and which include criminal offenses on campus and in off-campus properties used by students – are not factored into the rankings, but are available on each school’s profile page.


To help families better understand the cost of a college degree, the 2015 edition of Best Colleges includes a number of paying for college resources and tools. The Best Value Schools rankings weigh academic excellence and affordability. Harvard University andAmherst College claim the top spots again this year. U.S. News also compiled a list of schools whose students graduated with the heaviest and lightest debt loads.

For the first time, each school’s profile page features three-year federal loan default rates, as published by the U.S. Department of Education, which can be used as a guide for how a school’s recent graduates have been able to handle their loan payments. For families expecting tuition bills in the future, the new U.S. News 529 Finder offers the ability to compare, research and select the best tax-advantaged college savings plans.

.S. News 2015 Best Colleges Rankings

*For the full list of rankings, visit

Best National Universities              

Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

1. Princeton University (NJ)                

1. Williams College (MA)

2. Harvard University (MA)                   

2. Amherst College (MA)

3. Yale University (CT)                         

3. Swarthmore College (PA)

4. Columbia University (NY)                  

4. Wellesley College (MA)

4. Stanford University (CA)                    

5. Bowdoin College (ME)

4. University of Chicago (IL)                    

5. Pomona College (CA)

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology  

7. Middlebury College (VT)

8. Duke University (NC)                             

8. Carleton College (MN)

8. University of Pennsylvania                      

8. Claremont McKenna College (CA)

10. California Institute of Technology            

8. Haverford College (PA)         

Best Public Schools

National Universities                        

Liberal Arts Colleges

1. University of California–Berkeley       

1. United States Naval Academy (MD)

2. University of California–Los Angeles   

2. United States Military Academy (NY)

2. University of Virginia                        

3. United States Air Force Academy (CO)

4. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor        

4. Virginia Military Institute

5. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 

5. New College of Florida

Best Value Schools

National Universities 

Liberal Arts Colleges

1. Harvard University (MA)

1. Amherst College (MA)

2. Princeton University (NJ)

2. Williams College (MA)

3. Yale University (CT)

3. Pomona College (CA)

4. Stanford University (CA) 

4. Wellesley College (MA)

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5. Soka University of America (CA)


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