It seems as though every media outlet has gotten in on the college rankings game. Some publications use time-honored methodology, others have—to put it mildly—more subjective ways of compiling results. Prospective midshipmen and curious alumni can now see where the United States Naval Academy ranks with regard to everything from academics and student life.
BY THE NUMBERS
U.S. News & World Report, 2019 Edition of Best Colleges
#2 Top Public School
#1 High School Counselor's Top Picks
#4 Undergraduate Engineering Programs Overall
#5 Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program
#22 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
Why is the Academy defined as a "liberal arts college?" For years, the Naval Academy has ranked among the very best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. With the Academy’s well-regarded engineering programs, it might seem a misnomer. But the Academy does fit the publication’s highly specific description of liberal arts colleges as those that “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study”— which includes degrees in mathematics and hard sciences.
Forbes, 2018 College Rankings
#31 in Top Colleges
#4 in Public College
#18 in the Northeast