Brook Report Ranking of the Best Colleges 2022

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This is the 2022 Ranking of the best colleges in the United States.

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We use the revolutionary RealRankTM methodology, the “platinum” standard for college ranking analytics. Are you wondering what that means? It means that we compiled zillions of data points (well, a lot) to create algorithms providing this top colleges ranking with real-world value for students, parents and alumni.

“This proprietary methodology is based on a unique set that has managed to shed light on the factors most important to grading colleges for real-world education, and real-world value.”

We expect the top colleges to imbue their students with the ability to live a fulfilled life and thrive in an increasingly diverse workplace and society. The traditional college rankings seem to vary randomly year-to-year and we have sought to provide something more meaningful. It is this philosophy that has guided the creation of this ranking, and has placed the Brook Report rankings on the path to becoming the most authoritative college ranking analytic service.

Ranking of the Best Colleges in 2022

We have analyzed over 300 colleges and created this RealRank ranking of the top 150. We will publish the remainder of the list in our next issue.

1Stanford UniversityPalo AltoCA98.6
2University of ChicagoChicagoIL97.2
3Princeton UniversityPrinceton NJ95.9
4University of TexasAustinTX95.6
5Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY91.6
6Harvard UniversityCambridgeMA91.4
7Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeMA91.0
8University of FloridaGainesvilleFL90.5
9Cornell UniversityIthacaNY90.4
10University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA88.4
11Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationTX88.0
12Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGA87.9
13The Ohio State UniversityColumbusOH87.8
14Penn StateUniversity ParkPA87.7
15Yale UniversityNew HavenCT86.9
16University of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignChampaignIL86.6
17University Of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonWI86.2
18University of WashingtonSeattleWA85.5
19Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIL85.4
20Duke UniversityDurhamNC84.6
21University of MichiganAnn ArborMI84.5
22Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteIN82.3
23University of California - Los AngelesLos AngelesCA82.1
24Annapolis - Naval AcademyAnnapolisMD80.2
25West Point - Army AcademyWest PointNY79.9
26University of California - BerkeleyBerkeleyCA79.1
27California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaCA78.2
28University of ArizonaTusconAZ78.1
29University of MinnesotaTwin CitiesMN77.4
30Air Force AcademyColorado SpringsCO76.4
31University of MarylandCollege ParkMD76.2
32Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMI75.8
33Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghPA75.7
34New York University New YorkNY74.7
35Arizona State UniversityTempeAZ72.1
36University of California - DavisDavisCA72.0
37Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTN71.6
38North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC71.5
39University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA70.9
40University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA70.2
41Johns Hopkins University BaltimoreMD68.9
42Rice UniversityHoustonTX68.9
43University of TennesseeKnoxvilleTN67.4
44University of GeorgiaAthensGA67.0
45University of Notre DameSouth BendIN63.5
46Wake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemNC62.6
47University of AlabamaTuscaloosaAL62.4
48Florida State UniversityTallahasseeFL62.4
49University of California - San DiegoSan DiegoCA62.4
50Iowa State UniversityAmesIA60.9
51University of Colorado - BoulderBoulderCO60.1
52Virginia Polytechnic University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgVA57.9
53Brown UniversityProvidenceRI57.8
54Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN57.8
55Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayNJ57.7
56Boston UniversityBostonMA57.1
57Dartmouth CollegeHanoverNH56.9
58Emory UniversityAtlantaGA56.9
59University of North Carolina - Chapel HillChapel HillNC56.8
60University of UtahSalt Lake CityUT56.7
61Clemson UniversityClemsonSC55.0
62University of PittsburghPittsburghPA52.0
63University of NebraskaLincolnNB50.5
64Louisiana State University (LSU)Baton RougeLA49.6
65University of KansasLawrenceKS49.0
66Washington State UniversityPullmanWA48.9
67Washington University in St. LouisSt. LouisMO48.9
68University of RochesterRochesterNY48.8
69University of California - Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraCA48.8
70Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleMS48.5
71University of California - IrvineIrvineCA47.5
72Colorado State UniversityFt. CollinsCO47.2
73University of Massachusetts - AmherstAmherstMA46.8
74University of South CarolinaColumbiaSC46.5
75University of IowaIowa CityIA45.7
76University of Central Florida Orlando FL45.1
77Auburn UniversityAuburnAL45.0
78University of KentuckyLexingtonKY44.8
79Georgetown UniversityWashington DC44.6
80University of OklahomaNormanOK44.1
81Colorado School of MinesGoldenCO42.0
82Southern Methodist UniversityDallasTX41.8
83University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)Las VegasNV41.7
84Oregon State UniversityCorvallisOR41.4
85Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterOK41.1
86Texas Tech UniversityLubbockTX40.9
87University of CincinnatiCincinnatiOH40.9
88University of DelawareNewarkDE40.0
89University of ArkansasFayettevilleAR40.0
90Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS38.1
91University of OregonEugeneOR37.5
92The Julliard SchoolNew YorkNY36.9
93University of MiamiCoral GablesFL36.6
94University of ConnecticutStorrsCT36.4
95Brigham Young UniversitySalt Lake CityUT35.6
96University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueNM35.6
97University of South FloridaTampaFL35.4
98Tufts UniversityMedfordMA35.2
99Liberty UniversityLynchburgVA35.1
100University of HoustonHoustonTX34.8
101Boston CollegeChestnut HillMA34.5
102University of Texas at DallasDallasTX34.2
103University of Hawaii - ManoaHonoluluHI33.1
104University at Buffalo - SUNYBuffaloNY33.0
105University of MississippiOxford MS33.0
106College of William and MaryWilliamsburgVA32.9
107University of Illinois - ChicagoChicagoIL32.0
108Northeastern UniversityBostonMA31.5
109University of Nevada - RenoReno NV30.6
110West Virginia UniversityMorgantownWV30.6
111Stony Brook University - SUNYStony BrookNY30.4
112University of WyomingLaramieWY30.0
113George Washington UniversityWashington DC29.9
114Lehigh UniversityBethlehemPA29.3
115University of Missouri - ColumbiaColumbiaMO28.5
116University of MontanaMissoula MT28.4
117Georgia State UniversityAtlantaGA27.9
118Utah State UniversityLogan UT27.6
119Florida International UniversityMiami FL27.5
120Tulane UniversityNew OrleansLA27.3
121Rensselear Polytechnic InstituteTroyNY26.7
122Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffAZ26.4
123Syracuse UniversitySyracuseNY26.1
124University of IdahoMoscowID25.9
125Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandOH25.6
126University of LouisvilleLouisvilleKY25.1
127Brandeis UniversityWalthamMA24.9
128State University of New York at AlbanyAlbanyNY24.8
129University of North TexasDentonTX24.6
130Carleton CollegeNorthfieldMN24.5
131Kent State UniversityKentOH24.0
132Baylor UniversityWacoTX24.0
133University of Alaska at FairbanksFairbanksAK23.1
134Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondVA22.8
135North Dakota State University FargoND22.5
136Hillsdale CollegeHillsdaleMI22.4
137University of California - RiversideRiversideCA21.6
138Wayne State UniversityDetroitMI21.3
139University of California - Santa CruzSanta CruzCA21.2
140New Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesNM21.1
141Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalbIL20.7
142Southern Illinois University CarbondaleIL20.7
143Texas Christian UniversityFort WorthTX20.5
144University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonTX19.8
145University of California - MercedMercedCA19.7
146University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaChattanoogaTN19.4
147University of Wisconsin - MilwaukeeMilwaukeeWI19.0
148George Mason UniversityFairfaxVA18.8
149Ohio UniversityAthensOH18.9
150Bowdoin CollegeBrunswickME18.8

What is the RealRank Methodology?

So you’ve heard we use the RealRank methodology to compile these rankings of the best colleges. Now let’s take a look under the hood.

While other college rankings emphasize surveys of professors, or artificially inflated admission selectivity percentages, Brook Report analyzes real-world statistically valid factors to determine the real educational and resume value proposition in arriving at the top rankings. We apply this methodology across all the rankings you will find here on our public website. We have analyzed over 300 universities in developing the ranking of the top universities. The factors we consider in our methodology include:

  • Educational Value – this means an emphasis on quality education in a student’s field, with a faculty that may or may not publish research papers, but most importantly also views student success as paramount.
  • Real-World Renown – this is a resume value factor. We expect the top colleges to convey a public image that enhances their alumni community’s place in society. Universities are expensive and we expect the top ones to put their alumni on a path to real success, not just while at the school, but after graduation.
  • Real World Diversity – we expect the top colleges to expose to young people to all the different backgrounds that make up a modern diverse society – racial diversity, gender and gender preference/orientation diversity, socioeconomic diversity and subject matter interest diversity. It is this diverse quilt that makes up the modern workplace, and we expect the top colleges to provide both the environment and the value system to enable young people to live effectively, and happily in the modern world. This also means that colleges with a less diverse profile may fare lower in our rankings than in some traditional rankings.
  • Traditional Reputational Perceptions – Although we doubt the accuracy of college ranking analytics based on traditional survey-based methodologies, or methodologies that overvalue inaccurate data, such as inflated admission selectivity criteria, the fact of the matter is that those rankings are widely read, and believed. We cannot ignore the fact that there are traditional reputations attached to various universities, even if our data suggests inaccuracies. Although these societal reputational values will change over time, they have an impact on the real-world resume value and should therefore also be considered in a real-world ranking service such as ours.

Each of these broad categories of factors may include numerous subcategories considered in analyzing and developing these rankings.

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(Photo Credit: Wally Gobetz, “Columbia University – Alma Mater and Low Memorial Library.”)

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