Vanderbilt Ranked No. 17 On List Of Top Universities

Vanderbilt Ranked No. 17 On List Of Top Universities

CREATED Sep 10, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University was ranked No. 17 on U.S News & World Report's list of top national universities.

The university was also recognized for its value through offering programs to help students with their tuition.

The university's Opportunity Vanderbilt program provides financial aid packages for undergraduate students, including grant assistance and a reasonable work expectation, but no student loans.

Among national universities that offer the best value, Vanderbilt jumped five spots to number 11 in the "great school at a great price" category.

U.S. News estimated the average student paid $21, 313 to attend Vanderbilt after receiving grants based on need.

"As a great university, we share the privilege and responsibility of empowering our scholars to contribute to the betterment of our society without the burden of crippling debt," said Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. "Vanderbilt is pleased for the continued recognition in these rankings as we stay true to our core missions of education and research."

The rankings for the best national universities were determined by weighted measures of quality, including undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, finances, graduation rates and alumni giving.

Princeton was named the No. 1 national university.