Wall Street Journal college ranking puts Harvard at the top

(KGTV) - The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have released their rankings for best colleges in the country.

The rankings listed Harvard University as the top college in the nation, boasting the financial outcomes for students and a diverse student population. 

Following up Harvard is Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Duke University.

FULL TOP 10: WSJ/THE's top-ranked colleges in the nation

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.

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