The University is the top national university, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Colleges Rankings. This marks the sixth straight year the University has earned this recognition.

The report, which surveyed more than 18,000 U.S. colleges and universities, focuses on a school’s academic excellence. Factors such as graduation rates, financial aid, and alumni giving are considered. These categories are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Harvard placed second on the list, while the University of Chicago andYale tied for third. Columbia and Stanford placed fifth on the report.

U.S. News added that the information is published for the needs of students and parents, so that they may make better educational decisions based on their specific needs.

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