The University was named the No. 1 national university for the eighth straight year by U.S. News & World Report, despite changes in the formula for the ranking process.
This year, the U.S. News rankings placed more emphasis on social mobility and less on exclusivity in admissions by dropping admission rates from the formula.
Instead, the rankings focus more on outcomes, such as graduation and retention rates, according to Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News.
Other factors that contributed to university rankings included faculty resources, student academic credentials, and alumni giving.
This formula change shifted several university rankings, such as those of Howard University and UC Riverside. Howard climbed 21 places to No. 89, while UC Riverside rose 39 places on the list to No. 85.
However, the top 20 universities according to the new formula included many of the same schools from previous years.
Harvard University ranked second on the national university list, while Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Chicago, and MIT all tied for third.