This year’s U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list, released last week, changed the college-ranking game. A shift in methodology shook up many DC-area schools’ positions from last year. While some area schools maintained their rank or rose, others fell more than 30 rungs.
Georgetown University remains the area’s top-ranked school, designated for the second consecutive year as number 22 on the list, and tied this year with the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. University of Maryland, College Park rose from last year’s rank of 55 to this year’s 46. George Mason University in Fairfax made the largest leap, rising from 137 on last year’s list to 105 this year, sharing that spot with eight other schools, including American University in DC.