With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs having more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020’s Best College & University Rankings as well as accompanying videos, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 33 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 30 Colleges & Universities in America

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  2. Harvard University (MA)
  3. Princeton University (NJ)
  4. Yale University (CT)
  5. Stanford University (CA)
  6. California Institute of Technology (CA)
  7. Duke University (NC)
  8. University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  9. Northwestern University (IL)
  10. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (NC)
  11. Vanderbilt University (TN)
  12. Columbia University (NY)
  13. Rice University (TX)
  14. University of Chicago (IL)
  15. Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  16. Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  17. University of California–Los Angeles (CA)
  18. University of California–Berkeley (CA)
  19. Brown University (RI)
  20. Swarthmore College (PA)
  21. Amherst College (MA)
  22. Harvey Mudd College (CA)
  23. University of Notre Dame (IN)
  24. Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  25. Dartmouth College (NH)
  26. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  27. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (MI)
  28. Williams College (MA)
  29. Georgetown University (DC)
  30. Cornell University (NY)

To view the full reports, please visit:

Best Colleges & Universities Overall: http://wallethub.com/edu/college-rankings/40750/

Best Colleges: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-colleges-in-the-us-ranking/40748/

Best Universities: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-universities-in-usa-ranking/39704/