The 2019 edition of U.S. News’s famous Best Colleges guidebook is the indispensable navigator for high school students and their families seeking comprehensive advice on how to research their college choices, draw up a smart shortlist of schools, put together a slam-dunk application, and find the money to pay the bills.
Learn about programs – from “first-year experiences” to study abroad to learning communities – that can enrich your college career, the many ways to wow the admissions office, and how the financial aid process really works. Read how colleges are expanding mental health services and addressing sexual assault on campus. And explore promising alternative paths to a bachelor’s that can run through community colleges or involve opting for an online degree.
Plus: U.S. News’ latest rankings of the nation’s best universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, historically black institutions, and undergraduate engineering and business programs.
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• Take a road trip with U.S. News to 12 colleges and universities across Vermont, Illinois and Florida
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• Get expert advice on how to land a great financial aid package and limit your borrowing
• Browse our state-by-state directory profiling over 1,600 schools
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U.S. News and World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes a multi-faceted web site (with 28 million visitors per month) and annual guidebooks on Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, and Best Hospitals. Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News and World Report's signature franchises includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its Best series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, diets, health plans, and more.
Anne McGrath is the executive editor of U.S. News & World Report's publications. She has created and implemented the editorial vision for numerous editions of U.S. News' annual "Best" guidebooks such as Best Colleges, Best Hospitals, Best Business Schools, and Best Graduate Schools as well as editing such U.S. News publications as A Parent's Guide to STEM and U.S. News Ultimate Guide to Law Schools. A former high school English teacher, Anne's experience as a magazine journalist includes extensive coverage of education, health, personal finance, and investing.
Robert J. Morse ischief data strategistfor U.S. News & World Report and has worked at the company since 1976. He develops the methodologies and surveys U.S. News' annual education rankings, such as Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, and Best Global Universities. Bob keeps a close eye on higher-education trends to make sure the rankings offer prospective students the best analysis available. He is a frequently quoted authority on quality measurements in education.
Brian Kelly is the Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report, who guided the former newsweekly magazine through its transition into a major multimedia source of news and consumer information in such "life decision" fields as education, health care, and personal finances. A former Washington Post senior editor, Brian is the author or co-author of four books "Amazon," "The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization," "Adventures in Porkland: How Washington Wastes Your Money and Why They Won't Stop," and "The Four Little Dragons."
Ned Johnson is founder of and tutor-geek at PrepMatters (prepmatters.com), where, along with colleagues, he torments teens with test prep, educational counseling, and general attempts to help them thrive. He is the co-author of "The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives" and "Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed." Ned is a sought-after speaker on best practices of study skills, sleep deprivation, parent-teen dynamics and test anxiety.
Dr. William R. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine. He is the co-author of "The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives" and "Plain Talk About Early Education and Development." For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, brain-based learning, motivation, and the effects of stress and sleep deprivation on the brain. Dr. Stixrud plays bass, keyboards, and harmonica and sings for the dance band Larry 2.0.
Joseph E. Aoun, a leader in higher education policy and an internationally renowned scholar in linguistics, is the seventh President of Northeastern University. He is author of the highly acclaimed book "Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" as well as scholarly works in the field of linguistics. A respected voice on global and experiential education, President Aoun came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced degrees from the University of Paris (France) VIII and Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon). He was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government. Aoun is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and a past Chair of the American Council on Education (ACE). He is the recipient of the Academic Leadership Award granted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Aoun has also been appointed as Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic.
Beth Howard is an experienced writer for and editor of numerous leading magazines, as well as being the author of the book, “Mind Your Body: A Sexual Health and Wellness Guide for Women” (St. Martin's Press). She was associate editor and West Coast editor of Omni Magazine and a senior editor for SELF, New Woman, and My Generation magazines. Beth has penned scores of articles for such publications as Good Housekeeping, Conceive, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, The Washington Post, Glamour, Prevention, Fitness, Ladies’ Home Journal, MORE, AARP: The Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Woman’s Day, and has written health columns for Details, Bride’s, Shape, Babytalk, and Reader’s Digest.
Arlene Weintraub is a journalist and author with 20 years of experience writing about health care, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Her first book, Selling the Fountain of Youth (Basic Books 2010), is an expose on the anti-aging industry. Her second book is Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures (ECW Press 2015). Heal brings to life the world of comparative oncologythe many ways dogs are helping in the war on cancer. Weintraub's freelance pieces have been published in the New York Times, US News & World Report, More, New Scientist, USA Today, Entrepreneur.com, FierceMarkets and other media outlets. She was previously a senior health writer based out of the New York City headquarters of BusinessWeek, where she wrote hundreds of articles that explored both the science and business of health. She also worked as an editor for Xconomy.com, covering the biotech industry on the East Coast, as well as technology, life sciences and clean technology companies in the greater New York City area. She has won awards from the New York Press Club, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Foundation for Biomedical Research, and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.