The rankings are determined by a number of factors, including campus life, range of academic offerings, sports, activities and the availability of financial aid. Last year, SJSU was ranked eighth.
Auburn University is ranked in a tie, along with the University of Tennessee and the University of SC, at No. 46 among public schools and 103 on the national list.
The rankings were based on points given quantitative and qualitative measures on 15 indicators in seven different, weighted measures.
Each ranking focuses on academic quality like graduation, first year retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. Categories are Regional Colleges, Regional Universities, National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges.
Princeton University led the National University rankings with a ideal score of 100, followed by Harvard University (98).
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In Georgia, Emory University was ranked No. 21.
The university followed Arizona State University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology atop the list of innovative colleges and universities.
On the list, the University of Georgia was in a tie for No. 16 among public schools and in a tie at No. 54 on the national list. Its highest ranking was No. 110 in Engineering Programs where the highest engineering decree is a doctorate as well as No. 122 (tie) in Top Public Schools, No. 183 (tie) in Business Programs and No. 209 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings. Dixie State and Snow College were unranked in the same category.
This distinction is in addition to the recognition given to two Marist College online degree programs - the Master of Business Administration and the BA/BS in Professional Studies - which both ranked among the top in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Education Programs" for 2017. It also offers a regular newsletter and a guidebook available for purchase.