University Ranked #53 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges Ranking

Emily Cox Co-Editor-in-Chief

The University has again been included among the top National Universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 “Best Colleges” rankings.

Although ranked #46 last year, the new ranking among the nation’s best colleges and universities is still an indication of the University’s continued prominence and forward momentum. 

Over the past five years, the University’s undergraduate applications have increased by more than 30%. Students at the University consistently earn some of the nation’s most prestigious national scholarships and awards, with 50 Villanovans receiving Fulbright U.S. Student Grants in the past two years. 

Upon graduation, Villanovans are highly sought-after by top graduate schools, companies and organizations across the country and around the world, with a successful placement rate of 96.7% for the class of 2019.

U.S. News uses numerous indicators of excellence in determining the rankings, including academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. This year’s edition includes several updates to the methodology that address important issues directly impacting students and families. These new measures look at topics like student debt, social mobility and test-blind admissions policies.  

Of the approximately 1,400 four-year colleges and universities nationwide listed by U.S. News, 389 schools are officially classified as National Universities. Princeton University, Harvard University and Columbia University were ranked as the top three National Universities. 

In addition to the #53 rank, the University ranked #36 in Best Undergraduate Teaching and #64 in Best Value Schools.