Another California college made the top ten as well: California Institute of Technology. The campus also ranked first in resources available to students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1.
In the area of top public universities, the University of California, Los Angeles, ranked number one - and was 25 among colleges overall.
"The fact that there are only two publics in the top 30 is part of the narrative that there is a crisis in public higher education," Phil Baty, Times Higher Education rankings editor, said. "We are seeing some real challenges in terms of resources, and I think this kind of inequality, this defunding of great American public schools, is a serious issue."
The WSJ/THE report is based on 15 factors across four different categories: student outcomes, school's academic resources, how well a school engages its students, and diversity of students and staff.