Northwestern to stay at 9th place in U.S

UB drops to No. 88 in U.S. News rankings

Johns Hopkins moves up to No. 9 in 'U.S. News' college rankings

USNWR also recognized Johns Hopkins this year as one of the nation's most innovative schools, best values, most ethnically diverse universities, schools with the highest percentage of worldwide students, and best destinations for undergraduate research and creative projects.

U.S. News has ranked colleges and universities each year since 1985, and Johns Hopkins has been among the top 16 for 26 consecutive years.

Cal Poly is listed third overall in the West, that's up a ranking from previous year.

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Offering one of the most competitive and affordable tuition rates in the country, UM ranks as a top Best Value School among public universities with other institutions such as the universities of North Carolina, Kansas and Georgia, among others. Mizzou also ranked 60th among the best public schools in the USA and 85th among schools with the best value, according to the list. The University was ranked first in the "Senior Capstone" category, which considers the culminating academic projects or theses that undergraduates undertake.

Kansas State University in Manhattan ranked 170th overall and 83rd among public universities, the report said. In "Top Performers on Social Mobility", the University was ranked 203rd, after placing at No. 186 a year ago. "We do not conduct unscientific straw polls for use in our computations, and schools' ranks are not manipulated to coddle business relationships". The private university also earned the No. 191 spot among schools with the best social mobility. Webster University in St. Louis ranked 15th. McPherson College ranked 31st and Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina nabbed the No. 38 spot.

How are schools assessed and ranked?

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U.S. News compiles its data from its own surveys and third-party reporting.

In the list of "2020 Academic Programs to Look For", Pepperdine ranked number 15 in the Study Abroad category, which recognizes institutions that offer programs that "involve substantial academic work and considerable interaction between the student and the culture".

Those include graduation and retention rates, social mobility, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, average alumni giving rate and graduate indebtedness. Most schools report their data directly to the outlet. For 2020, U.S. News had ranked Princeton No. 1 in both categories, but in this week's lists, the University tied for fourth in undergraduate teaching and came out second for best value.

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