Princeton beats Harvard (in magazine ranking)

(CNN) — Princeton pulled ahead of Harvard to claim first place in the “best national universities” category in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of nearly 1,800 schools.

Williams College again claimed sole possession of the top spot in the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

This year’s methodology put more emphasis on student outcomes and less on where students ranked in their high school classes.

Also this year, the difference between predicted and actual graduation rates was applied for the first time to Regional Universities and Regional Colleges.

The magazine increased the weight given to graduation and retention rates in the National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges categories, meaning that outcome-related measures were the most heavily weighted factors.

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