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Date: Friday, August 21, 1998

U.S. News Online Releases 1999 College Rankings

Harvard, Princeton, Yale Rank No. 1 Among National Universities; Amherst No. 1 Among Liberal Arts Colleges

U.S. News & World Report  today released its 12th annual "America's Best Colleges " rankings on its Web site, U.S. News Online (http://www.usnews.com) The direct link to the 1999 rankings is http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/home.htm . U.S. News named Harvard, Princeton, and Yale the best national universities (tied for the No. 1 rank), and Amherst College the best national liberal arts school. All rankings and interactive features will be available on U.S. News Online on Friday, August 21. The print edition of the guidebook will hit newsstands and bookstores on Monday, August 24.

The top five national universities are: 1. Harvard University 1. Princeton University 1. Yale University 4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4. Stanford University

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The top five national liberal arts colleges are: 1. Amherst College 2. Swarthmore College 3. Williams Colelge 4. Wellesley College 5. Haverford College 5. Pomona College

Schools with the same number rank are tied. The complete list of rankings for national and regional universities, public universities, and liberal arts colleges, can be found on U.S. News Online at http://www.usnews.com. U.S. News Online also features U.S. News's signature Best Value rankings, identifying schools that offer the best value for the cost. U.S. News also identifies schools with the greatest degree of ethnic diversity and largest proportion of international students.

Visitors to U.S. News Online may search rankings by state, specialty, value, scholastic record, and other personal preferences, to help customize their individual college search. In addition to rankings and stories contained in the print edition of the guide, U.S. News Online includes an extensive directory of all colleges with detailed profiles of and links to each school. Site visitors can also re-sort schools according to their own specifications.

New to U.S. News Online this year is a directory of community colleges, a database of scholarships that visitors can search according to individual needs, and an interactive college comparison worksheet to help with college decision-making. Also new on the site is a GPA calculator in which college students can enter in their current grades and the web site calculator will determine what grades they will need to get to reach a specific GPA goal by graduation.

The editors of U.S.News & World Report believe rankings are one of many criteria students should consider in choosing a college. Simply because a school is tops in its category does not mean it is the top choice for everyone. A prospective student's academic and professional ambitions, personal preferences, financial resources, and scholastic record, as well as a school's size, atmosphere, and location, should play a major role in determining a college choice. U.S. News's approach to its rankings draws on years of experience in reporting about higher education and on consultations with experts in the field. U.S.News & World Report's rankings of colleges are a valuable part of the information that helps applicants make important, expensive decisions--choosing schools where they can thrive.

U.S.News & World Report has operated its Web site, U.S. News Online, since November 1995. U.S. News Online offers the complete text of U.S. News, interactive and customized features related to articles appearing in the magazine, and hotlinks to related sites. In addition to the College rankings, U.S. News Online includes a College & Career section that now links to a separate site, .edu: The Colleges & Careers Center. The site also offers financial aid information, interactive worksheets, and an online Education Finance Center.



 

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