U.S. News Rankings Put Shorelight Universities in Top 100

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Last updated on November 12, 2020

With the 2021 university ranking announcement from U.S. News & World Report, five Shorelight universities are in the top 100 best colleges.

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The 2021 Best Colleges rankings from U.S. News & World Report are here! Many of Shorelight’s outstanding universities improved their university ranking year over year, and five are included in the U.S. News top 100 best colleges. 

Shorelight universities in the Top 100 Best Colleges

For 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked: 

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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American University

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Gonzaga University*

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Auburn University

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97 (tie)

University of Utah

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97 (tie)

Additionally, Florida International University (#187) and the University of Illinois Chicago (#112) saw significant gains in their rankings for 2021, demonstrating that their commitment to academic excellence and student opportunity are getting noticed! 

Check out the latest rankings for all Shorelight universities > 

How to use university rankings

International students, if you are not familiar with university rankings, they can be one resource (among many useful tools) to help you identify and narrow down your US university search as you consider where to apply

Simply put, university rankings indicate a standard of quality based on specific evaluation criteria. In the US, private organizations (such as U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review) conduct and publish university rankings; there are no official government rankings.  

Each private organization will have its own standards for ranking universities. For example, U.S. News & World Report uses criteria focusing on reputation, research, and publication categories when finalizing its global college rankings. Additional criteria may factor into its annual Best Colleges and major-specific rankings. 

If you would like to learn more about how to use college rankings in your college research process, check out our Guide to US University Rankings & Accreditations. You can also speak to an enrollment counselor for personalized advice on how to make sense of university rankings based on what you want to study and the type of career you hope to pursue.  

Remember, excellence comes in many forms, and there are many US universities that can serve your academic and professional goals. Use the latest rankings as just one indicator of finding the best US university for you!

Discover how Shorelight can help you study at a top-ranked US university > 

*Gonzaga University will be accepting its first on-campus cohort in Fall 2021. For Spring 2021, international students may start their Gonzaga enrollment through American Collegiate Live.