A record six schools placed in the Top 100 of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking of national universities, which was released Monday and long has been considered the gold standard of college rankings. Four additional schools were at No. 163 or better.
Rutgers University made some of the biggest jumps, as the New Brunswick campus ranked in a tie for No. 40 (the first time in recent memory it has been in the Top 50). Both Rutgers-Newark (tie for No. 82) and Rutgers-Camden (tie for No. 98) were in the Top 100 for the first time.
Princeton University (No. 1), Stevens Institute of Technology (tie for No. 76), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (tie for No. 86) also made the Top 100.
Of the state’s Top 10 schools, eight improved their ranking, including seven by double-digits (four by at least 23 spots). The only school that didn’t improve its ranking wasn’t able to. Princeton was No. 1 for the 13th consecutive year.
New Jersey also had six schools in the Top 50 of the regional universities in the North, led by The College of New Jersey at No. 4.