The highly regarded U.S. News & World Report college rankings underwent a bit of a change last month, as the organization made an adjustment to its ranking system.  Based on a Politico report that found that prior college rankings benefited elite colleges and universities, the new ranking system sought to reward “schools that have high levels of social mobility, meaning they graduate and enroll significant numbers of low-income students.”  The new economic diversity point was given 13% of a schools rank this year.

Despite the change, much of the list stayed similar to last year such as the top five liberal arts colleges including the exact same list of Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, Swarthmore and Wellesley.  In addition, Princeton and Harvard universities ranked as the top two schools in the country followed by Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago and Yale University all tying for third.

One significant change that did occur happened with schools from California, which saw a boost.  “Five University of California schools reached the top 10 of top public schools among national universities, with Santa Barbara moving up three spots to a tie at No. 5 and Irvine rising from No. 9 to No. 7, according to a press release from the outlet.”

All in all the new addition of economic diversity may play a part as more schools will now be benefited for creating opportunities for those from low income backgrounds.

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