Pitt ranked No. 1 public college in Northeast by WSJ/THE

Pitt has once again been rated the No. 1 public college in the Northeast in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking. It is the fifth time in six years that Pitt has placed at the top of this list.

Overall, Pitt ranked 97th nationwide among nearly 800 public and private schools, and 40th out of 257 in the Northeast.

The WSJ/THE ranking is based on 15 factors across four main categories: Forty percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including measures of graduate salaries and debt burdens, 30 percent from the school’s academic resources, including how much it spends on teaching, 20 percent from how well it engages its students and 10 percent from its environment, a measure of the diversity of its students and faculty.

The University of Connecticut is second among public schools in the Northeast, followed by the main campus of Penn State. Michigan, UCLA and University of North Carolina were the top-rated public schools out of 340 nationwide.

Harvard, MIT and Yale led the overall list. Carnegie Mellon University was ranked 10th in the Northeast and 20th overall.