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Strategy: The 10 US colleges where everyone wants to go — for good reason

Strategy The 10 US colleges where everyone wants to go — for good reason

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Princeton University is the best college in America, according to the latest ranking from US News & World Report.

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Princeton University is the best college in America, according to the latest ranking from US News & World Report.

The Princeton, New Jersey-based Ivy League school ranked first due to a combination of factors such as its selective admissions rate, high peer assessment scores, and strong graduation rate.

The US News ranks schools using quantitative factors — like graduation and retention rates — and qualitative factors — like peer assessment surveys from college presidents and deans of admissions. The list includes schools which offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and Ph.D. programs.

Read on below to see which schools round out the top 10.

10. California Institute of Technology

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10. California Institute of Technology

(California Institute of Technology/Facebook)

Pasadena, California

Peer Assessment Score: 4.6

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%

9. Duke University

9. Duke Universityplay

9. Duke University

(Facebook/Duke University)

Durham, North Carolina

Peer Assessment Score: 4.4

2016 Graduation Rate: 95%

8. University of Pennsylvania

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8. University of Pennsylvania

(University of Pennsylvania/Facebook)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peer Assessment Score: 4.5

2016 Graduation Rate: 95%

5. Stanford University

5. Stanford Universityplay

5. Stanford University

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Stanford, California

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/Facebook)

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 93%

5. Columbia University

5. Columbia Universityplay

5. Columbia University

(Eileen Barroso/Columbia University in the City of New York/Facebook)

New York, New York

Peer Assessment Score: 4.7

2016 Graduation Rate: 96%

3. Yale University

3. Yale Universityplay

3. Yale University

(Yale University/Facebook)

New Haven, Connecticut

Peer Assessment Score: 4.8

2016 Graduation Rate: 98%

3. University of Chicago

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3. University of Chicago

(Facebook/uchicago)

Chicago, Illinois

Peer Assessment Score: 4.6

2016 Graduation Rate: 94%

2. Harvard University

2. Harvard Universityplay

2. Harvard University

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 97%

1. Princeton University

1. Princeton Universityplay

1. Princeton University

(Princeton University/Facebook)

Princeton, New Jersey

Peer Assessment Score: 4.9

2016 Graduation Rate: 97%

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