U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities by several undergraduate majors. Below are the top three schools in three popular subjects as ranked by the publication in recent years. These schools are notable for a variety of reasons, such as the number of concentrations available in a given field to the availability of customized degree plans.
1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
|School Highlight: Business school ranked #1 for undergraduate business programs.|
U.S. News & World Report ranked this school #1 for undergraduate business programs in 2016; the finance, marketing, international business and real estate programs are also highly ranked. The University of Pennsylvania offers concentrations in more than 20 areas, such as actuarial science and retailing, through its Wharton School of Business. This Ivy League college's business school also was ranked #4 among the nation's top MBA programs in 2016.
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA
|School Highlight: Ranked #1 for undergraduate engineering programs.|
MIT was ranked as the top undergraduate engineering program in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The electrical engineering and computer science program is MIT's most popular undergraduate major and features a flexible curriculum with copious amounts of hands-on coursework to help students gain valuable experience.
3. Williams College in Williamstown, MA
|School Highlight: Ranked the #1 liberal arts college.|
In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Williams College as #1 on its list of best national liberal arts colleges. Williams College is a small, private, liberal arts school, serving just over 2,000 students. The college's three academic divisions of humanities, sciences and social sciences comprise 33 diverse majors, including psychology, music, anthropology, theater and Chinese.
Top Colleges by Major
|University of California - Berkeley||Business - #2; Engineering - #3||Business curriculum is integrated with liberal arts to produce well-rounded graduates; BeeHive program helps undergraduate engineering students find research opportunities||Berkeley, CA|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Business - #4||Research expenditures exceed $1 billion||Ann Arbor, MI|
|New York University||Business - #5||The B.S. in Business program offers 11 areas of concentration||New York, NY|
|Stanford University||Engineering - #1 (tied with MIT)||University features bountiful opportunities to participate in research projects||Stanford, CA|
|California Institute of Technology||Engineering - #4||Student/faculty ratio is 3:1||Pasadena, CA|
|Amherst College||Liberal Arts - #2||Amherst's membership in the Five Colleges consortium allows students to take courses at nearby universities||Amherst, MA|
|Swarthmore College||Liberal Arts - #3||Students can opt to take courses at neighboring Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College due to Swarthmore's role in the Tri-College Consortium||Swarthmore, PA|
|Bowdoin College||Liberal Arts - #4||The college hosts the Peucinian Society, one of the country's longest-standing literary and intellectual societies||Brunswick, ME|