Boston College placed 37th in the 2020 survey of national universities by U.S. News & World Report, an increase of one point from last year’s rankings.

The University saw an improvement in its peer assessment score, from 3.6 to 3.7, and in its graduation and retention rank, but continued to be negatively affected by the 2019 change in methodology that rewards state universities with a high volume of Pell Grant-eligible students.     

BC fared well in several specialty rankings this year, including “Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching,” ranked 7th; “Service Learning,” ranked 8th; and “Study Abroad Programs,” ranked 23rd. The University also placed 34th on the “Best Value Colleges” listing, and 54th in the new ranking for “Most Innovative Schools.”

The Carroll School of Management ranked 22nd out of 504 schools in the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” and placed 11th overall in finance; 12th in accounting; 13th in management; and 26th in marketing.

Overall, Princeton University ranked first among national universities, followed by Harvard, with Columbia, MIT and Yale tied for third. Among Massachusetts universities, BC placed fourth following Harvard, MIT, and Tufts (29th) and ahead of Boston University, Brandeis, and Northeastern, all of which were tied at 40th.

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Jack Dunn | University Communications