Johns Hopkins University has moved into the top 10 national universities in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report best college rankings, tying for tenth place with the California Institute of Technology.
Hopkins, which placed 12th on last year’s list, earned the placement with help from an average freshman retention rate of 97 percent and a 2014 graduation rate of 94 percent, one point higher than predicted, according to the rankings, which were released early Wednesday.
It was the first time Hopkins had appeared in the top 10 since 1999.
Maryland also made a strong showing among the most innovative schools in the country, schools that “the public should be watching because of the cutting-edge changes being made on their campuses.” On a list of 28 innovative national universities, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County ranked 4th and the University of Maryland, College Park tied for 21st; Goucher College tied for 6th place on a list of 12 innovative national liberal arts colleges.
Out of 203 ranked national universities, the top three schools were Princeton, Harvard and Yale; the University of Maryland, College Park tied for 57th; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County tied for 156th.
Maryland schools on the 2016 ranking of 176 national liberal arts colleges included the United States Naval Academy (tied for #9), St. John’s College (tied for #55), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (tied for #93), Washington College (tied for #100), Goucher College (tied for #112), and McDaniel College (tied for #134).
Among 138 regional universities — which offer few, if any, doctor programs — located in the northern part of the country, Loyola University Maryland tied for 3rd, Mount St. Mary’s University tied for 22nd, Hood College tied for 29th, Towson University tied for 53rd, Notre Dame of Maryland University tied for 58th, Salisbury University tied for 71st, Stevenson University tied for 79th, the University of Baltimore tied for 122nd, and Frostburg State University tied for 125th.
Washington Adventist University ranked 43rd out of 48 colleges in the northern region.
A list of 55 historically-black colleges and universities had Morgan State University tied for 19th, Bowie State University ranked 24th and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore tied for 30th.
Washington College also found itself on a less-prestigious list: it ranked 15th among the top national liberal arts colleges that leave students with debt after graduation. Seventy-three percent of graduates leave the school with debt averaging $35,833, according to the rankings.