Which Massachusetts Schools Made 'Best Colleges' List?

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- A new report shows some of the local colleges are among the best in the country.

U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Colleges list ranked Princeton University in the top spot, but right under it was Harvard in second place. MIT was ranked third, in a four-way tie with Yale, Columbia, and the University of Chicago.

Education editor Anita Narayan said the rankings were based on graduation and retention rates, and that the group also looked at student-to-faculty ratios and financial resources.

"We also look at expert opinion, meaning, how do educators view the reputations of these institutions," Narayan said. "We look at student excellence, which are things like SAT and ACT scores of the incoming class."

The study also ranked national liberal arts colleges, with three Massachusetts colleges topping the list--Williams College in first, Amherst College in second, and Wellesley College tied for third with Swarthmore.

Check out the full rankings here.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz reports

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