The annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” were released on Tuesday and Nashville is well represented.
Vanderbilt University tied with Notre Dame University and Rice University for the No. 17 spot on the overall list of the nation’s top schools. This is the fourth straight year Vanderbilt has ranked as the 17th-best school in the country.
Other local universities showed up on the regional rankings. Belmont University tied with Mercer University as the No. 7 ranked regional universities in the South. Lipscomb University came in at No. 19 on the same list.
Fisk University was ranked as the fifth best historically black college and university out of 80 eligible institutions. Tennessee State University was 19th on the same list.
The rankings are based on peer assessments as well as factors like graduation and retention rates and incoming students’ ACT and SAT scores.