Increasingly, a high school diploma doesn’t cut it in today’s workforce.
In fact, of the higher-paying positions that have streamed back into the labor market since 2010, 97 percent have gone to college graduates, according to a report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.
Despite the potential rewards of a university degree, college can still leave students weighed down by debt, which is especially problematic for those who end up dropping out or defaulting on loans. Prospective students looking to find the best fit and minimize those risks can turn to the 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, released today.
The 2016 edition includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities, including statistics on borrowing, costs and graduation rates. The rankings measure the strength of the academic programs at undergraduate institutions, with eligible schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence.
Among National Universities, which emphasize research and offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, Princeton University in New Jersey once again took No. 1. Massachusetts’ Harvard University remained in second place and Yale University in Connecticut held onto third.
The University of Pennsylvania was the only school from last year’s top 10 to shift, dropping from a tie at No. 8 to No. 9. However, a new school joined the top 10 for 2016, with Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University jumping two spots to tie with California Institute of Technology at No. 10.
One of the largest leaps in the 2016 National Universities rankings came from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, which shot from a tie at No. 189 to a tie at No. 153, a difference of 36 spots. The University of Illinois—Chicago also traveled far, jumping from a tie at No. 149 to tie for No. 129.
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