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These Mass. colleges were ranked among the best in the nation by US News & World Report

MIT was ranked No. 2 overall, and Harvard closely followed in the No. 3 spot.

Students walked past the "Great Dome" atop Building 10 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, April 3, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

At this point, there’s little debate over what locals have known for a long time: Massachusetts colleges — and the students who attend them — are top-grade.

In its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities across the country, released Monday, US News & World Report listed seven area schools in the top 50 national universities and another six in the top 50 liberal arts colleges.

For the second year in a row, MIT ranked No. 2 among national universities, with neighboring Harvard University in a three-way tie for third with Stanford and Yale universities. The schools ranked just below Princeton University, which again clinched the top spot.


Other Massachusetts schools recognized were Tufts University, Boston College, and Boston University, which came in at 32nd, 36th, and 41st, respectively. Brandeis University and Northeastern University tied at 44th, while University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at 67th, tying with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Here’s where schools ranked in the national universities category:

2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3) Harvard University (tie)

32) Tufts University (tie)

36) Boston College (tie)

41) Boston University (tie)

44) Brandeis University (tie)

44) Northeastern University (tie)

67) University of Massachusetts-Amherst (tie)

67) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (tie)

97) Clark University (tie)

151) Simmons University (tie)

176) University of Massachusetts-Lowell (tie)

202) Springfield College (tie)

234) Suffolk University (tie)

234) University of Massachusetts-Boston (tie)

234) University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (tie)

234) Western New England University (tie)

331-440) American International College

331-440) Lesley University

In the liberal arts category, two Massachusetts schools again came out on top, with Williams College ranked first and Amherst College second. Wellesley College ranked fifth, followed by Smith College at No. 13 (tie), College of the Holy Cross at No. 33 (tie), and Mount Holyoke College at No. 36.


Here’s where colleges ranked in the national liberal arts category:

1) Williams College

2) Amherst College

5) Wellesley College

13) Smith College (tie)

33) College of the Holy Cross (tie)

36) Mount Holyoke College

89) Stonehill College (tie)

89) Wheaton College (tie)

120) Hampshire College (tie)

130) Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (tie)

151) Emmanuel College (tie)

151) Gordon College (tie)

In the ranking of public universities, the University of California, Berkeley tied with the University of California, Los Angeles for the top spot. UMass Amherst placed 26th, tied with Texas A&M University and the University of Connecticut.

MIT led the pack of undergraduate engineering programs in which a doctorate is the highest degree offered, and placed first in six out of a dozen engineering disciplines. Olin College of Engineering in Needham took the second spot for best undergraduate engineering program that does not offer a doctorate.

MIT was also recognized for its undergraduate business program, coming in at No. 2 — a distinction it shared with the University of California, Berkeley. In the business subfields of analytics and production and operation management, MIT ranked first. Babson College took the No. 1 spot for entrepreneurship programs, while MIT ranked second.

US News said it ranked an all-time high of 1,500 institutions that grant bachelor’s degrees. It based its rankings on 17 measures of academic quality and surveyed institutions in the spring and summer of 2022.


The full list of ranked colleges and universities can be found here.

Shannon Larson can be reached at shannon.larson@globe.com. Follow her @shannonlarson98.