32091004003 8e3f4a1f1a bFive Illinois universities made the top 100 and three others made the top 200 in the annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report.

The rankings released Monday reveal the top colleges in the country for 2019.

University of Chicago tied for third with Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale. Northwestern jumped up a spot from last year’s ranking to the no.10 slot.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign cracked the top 50 and was ranked the 46th best university in the country.

Other Illinois universities that landed in the top 100 list include Loyola University Chicago tied for 89th and the Illinois Institute of Technology tied 96th.

DePaul University came in 119th and the University of Illinois Chicago was ranked 129th. Illinois State University placed 171st.

The ranking included nearly 1,400 institutions, which report data through an annual survey. The schools were evaluated on 16 metrics aimed at measuring academic excellence, according to US News and World Report. The criteria included class size, average spending per student on areas like instruction and student services and the number of retaining and graduating students. 

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