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Best Undergraduate Schools

Vault now ranks the best Undergraduate schools. Use our rankings to research potential schools and find the best fit for you.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine our Best Undergraduate Schools Ranking, we use a formula that weighs the most relevant categories for an overall quality ranking. Each school's overall score was calculated using the following formula: 25% acceptance rates, 25% standardized scores (SAT/ACT), 25% quality of life (location/proximity to amenities and student life opportunities and events), and 25% employment opportunities (prestige and % employed upon graduation).

  • Ranking History

2017 Best Undergraduate Schools

1
SCORE
9.8

Harvard University

Harvard College is a well-respected and diverse 376-year-old institution based in the exciting Massachusetts cities of Boston and Cambridge, with a mission...

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2016 Rank
1
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2
SCORE
9.8

Stanford University

Stanford University, founded in 1885 and located in California’s Bay Area, emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research through small...

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2016 Rank
3
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3
SCORE
9.8

Princeton University

Located in a safe, upscale suburban area of central New Jersey, Princeton University, the fourth oldest college in the United States, is a renowned...

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2016 Rank
2
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4
SCORE
9.7

Yale University

Yale College, the third oldest college in the United States, is a well-respected New England institution that aims to help students fully develop their...

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2016 Rank
5
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5
SCORE
9.6

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), established in 1861 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known for its quality educational programs in...

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2016 Rank
4
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6
SCORE
9.6

Columbia University

Columbia University, the oldest university in New York and the fourth oldest college in the United States, provides students with quality education through...

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2016 Rank
6
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7
SCORE
9.5

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago, located on a 215-acre campus that’s been designated a botanic garden, offers students a rigorous education through small,...

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2016 Rank
7
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8
SCORE
9.4

Williams College

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2016 Rank
8
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9
SCORE
9.4

Duke University

Duke University is a well-respected private institution, with roots dating back to 1838, which provides students with strong liberal arts and engineering...

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2016 Rank
10
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10
SCORE
9.3

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a well-respected research institution that offers strong liberal arts and pre-professional programs through small...

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2016 Rank
11
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