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Two N.J. colleges get top marks in world rankings

Christopher Eisgruber is the president of Princeton University.

The Center for World University Rankings has produced its annual list of the world’s top institutes of higher education, and a pair of New Jersey colleges earned good grades.Princeton University was ninth on the list of 1,000 colleges and universities, with a score of 88.56 out of 100, and Rutgers University ranked 33rd, with a score of 60.

The top three colleges were all in the United States: Harvard, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. England’s University of Cambridge and University of Oxford rounded out the top five.

The Northeast U.S. was well-represented in the top 20, including:

  • Columbia University, 6th;
  • Yale University, 10th;
  • Cornell University, 11th;
  • University of Pennsylvania, 14th;
  • New York University, 17th;
  • Johns Hopkins University, 19th.

Rutgers, meanwhile, ranked ahead of such schools as the University of Virginia, Dartmouth College and Big 10 rivals Penn State and Ohio State, among others. No other New Jersey colleges cracked the top 100.

The Center uses eight factors to rank the universities in its poll:

  • Quality of education, measured by award-winning alumni relative to the university’s size;
  • Alumni employment, measured by the number of alumni CEOs relative to the university’s size;
  • Quality of faculty, measured by the number of award-winning academics;
  • Publications, measured by the number of research papers in reputable journals;
  • Influence, measured by the number of research papers in highly influential journals;
  • Citations, measured by the number of highly cited research papers;
  • Broad impact, measured by the university’s h-index, a measure of research productivity and impact;
  • Patents, measured by the number of patent filings.

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