College Rankings

2016 USA Top 20 4-Year Universities Rankings

NJMED’s selects it’s 2016’s top 20 US Universities from its Higher Education Index, which measures 5 criteria – the Quality of Education, Graduation Rates, Employability, Facilities, and Instructors Qualifications.

The methodology used to rank the colleges, were calculated based on each criteria’s score from 1 to 20; 20 representing the highest score. Each university’s overall score was then divided by 5 to give each university a quality means average.

The Results: The 20 Universities with the highest averages out of the 500 4-year Higher Education Index database, were selected for this year’s rankings.

NJMED’s 2016 Top 20 Universities Rankings

  1. Princeton University – 27.4
  2. Harvard University – 26.6
  3. Stanford University – 26.6
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – 26.0
  5. Yale University  – 24.4
  6. Columbia University – 20.8
  7. University of Chicago – 19.6
  8. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – 18.8
  9. Cornell University – 16.2
  10. University of Pennsylvania – 16.2
  11. Duke University – 14.4
  12. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) – 13.0
  13. Johns Hopkins University – 12.4
  14. Dartmouth College – 11.0
  15. Washington University of St. Louis – 10.8
  16. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – 10.6
  17. Northwestern University – 8.2
  18. University of Michigan – 6.8
  19. Brown University – 6.2
  20. Washington University (Seattle)    5.0

4-Year Criteria

Quality of Education:

Industry Reputation:  Measures the quality of the educational training provided by the University, compared to other university offering the same majors, (i.e. Businesses, engineering, medical, etc.)

Graduation Rates:

Completion Rates: Number of students that graduate within 4 years, and measures the student support services offered by the university towards graduation.


Career Impact: Number of successful alumnus that holds executive and leadership roles in their industry.


Learning Environment: Grading universities Dorms, Libraries, Campus security and technology available to students.

Instructors Qualifications:

Real Life Success: Reviewed the number of undergrad Professors who have professional credentials outside the academic community in their chosen fields.

Data Collection

Statistical data were collected from Institutions database and educational publications to create NJ MED’s 4-year Higher Education Index database for use in the criteria value scores.

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