Gilman Hall and brick archways on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus

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Johns Hopkins moves up to No. 9 in 'U.S. News' college rankings

JHU also recognized as one of the nation's leading universities in terms of overall value, undergraduate research, innovation, engineering and computer science, and ethnic diversity

Johns Hopkins University has again been recognized as one of the nation's top universities in the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings, the longest-running and most widely cited assessment of U.S. colleges and universities.

Johns Hopkins moved up to No. 9 in latest U.S. News rankings, released today, after being ranked 10th in four of the past five years. JHU shares the No. 9 spot with Northwestern and Cal Tech in the National Universities category, a broad assessment of more than 400 U.S. colleges and universities for 2021.

This marks just the second time in the 36 years U.S. News has published its rankings that Hopkins has ranked ninth or better. Due to a change in methodology, JHU jumped from No. 14 in 1999 to No. 7 in 2000, then fell back to No. 15 a year later.

USNWR also recognized Johns Hopkins this year as one of the nation's most innovative schools, best values, most ethnically diverse universities, schools with the highest percentage of international students, and best destinations for undergraduate research and creative projects.

In individual program rankings, Johns Hopkins remained No. 1 overall in biomedical engineering, tied for No. 13 in engineering among universities at which the highest degree offered is a doctorate, and tied for No. 20 in computer science.

U.S. News has ranked colleges and universities each year since 1985, and Johns Hopkins has been among the top 16 for 26 consecutive years. The rankings evaluate colleges across 16 quantitative and qualitative measures, including graduation and retention rates, admissions statistics, faculty resources, alumni giving, and assessments completed by peer institutions and high school guidance counselors.