Columbia’s ranking in the US News & World Report remained stagnant this year, coming in at number four for the fourth straight year. The report was published early Tuesday.
Only Princeton, Harvard, and Yale ranked higher than Columbia this year. Columbia tied with the University of Chicago for fourth last year.
The US News & World Report uses a formula that weighs factors such as endowments, acceptance and graduation rates, and SAT and ACT score averages for incoming classes in order to calculate ranks.
Barnard College’s ranking dipped to 32 this year, down four from its 2012 ranking of 28.
“Although these measures are by their very nature imperfect and imprecise, Barnard was pleased to again be listed among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges,” Barnard’s Chief Operating Officer Greg Brown said in a statement.
Brown noted that the report ranked Barnard second in the category of “Best Value” among liberal arts colleges.
“This recognition is particularly timely given President Obama’s recently announced plan to create a federal higher education rating system, which would be tied to federal aid and make college comparisons easier for students and families to understand and evaluate,” he said.