Stanford fifth in U.S. News ranking

Sept. 20, 2011, 3:50 a.m.

Stanford University tied for fifth place with five other universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of universities in the United States. Harvard University and Princeton University tied for first place, with Yale University in third and Columbia University in fourth. The California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania tied with Stanford for fifth. Duke University ranked 10th.

Beyond an increase in ties among the top 10 universities, the list saw little change from the previous year. This year saw a large drop in the number of college presidents participating in the peer evaluation portion of the rankings, a major component of the ranking’s methodology, according to an Inside Higher Ed report. Only 43 percent of presidents responded to the survey, down five percent from last year.

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