Best National Universities 2014

Princeton University was ranked the top national university by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014 rankings of best national universities, followed by Harvard University (2nd) and Yale University (3rd).

Dartmouth College remained in the top 10 among national universities in U.S. News "Best Colleges 2014" ranking. It also held the No. 1 teaching spot exclusively among national universities cited for exceptional faculty commitment to undergraduate teaching. For the previous two years, Dartmouth and Princeton shared the first-place ranking.

Rice University was ranked among the top 20 national universities in U.S. News 2014 guide to America's best colleges. It was tied for No. 18 with the University of Notre Dame among 270 schools classified as national universities, and was tied for No. 10 on the list of national universities demonstrating economic diversity, as determined by the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants.

University of California campuses achieved strong performance in U.S. News 2014 Best College rankings of public schools, with UC Berkeley and UCLA taking the top two spots. In overall national university rankings, seven UC campuses were placed in the top 50: UC Berkeley ranked 20th, UCLA tied for 23rd, UC Davis and UC San Diego tied for 39th, UC Santa Barbara, 41st; and UC Irvine, 49th.

Wake Forest was ranked 23rd among 281 national universities, the highest ever ranking for the University. U.S. News also ranked Wake Forest 11th on its "Strong Commitment to Teaching" list, 34th on its "Great Schools, Great Prices" list and recognized the university for its commitment to economic diversity among its students.