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Johns Hopkins moves up to No. 9 in WSJ/THE Best U.S. College rankings

JHU debuts in the top 10 in rankings published by 'The Wall Street Journal' and 'Times Higher Education'

After several years of steadily climbing the annual list of the top U.S. colleges and universities published by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, Johns Hopkins University makes its debut in the top 10 this week, moving to No. 9 on the strength of improvements in resources, outcomes, and environment—three of the four pillar categories used to determine the rankings.

Hopkins is the only newcomer to the top 10 for the 2022 rankings, sharing the No. 9 spot with Northwestern University. JHU swapped places with Cornell University, which dropped two places to 11th. Harvard sits atop the rankings for the fifth year in a row, followed by Stanford, MIT, Yale, and Duke.

The 2022 rankings, which includes nearly 800 schools, were announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Journal and THE rankings aim "to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives—who to trust with their education," according to the methodology. Its balanced scorecard approach looks at 15 individual performance indicators to create an overall score that reflects the broad strength of the institution. The ranking also factors in the THE US Student Survey, which analyzes students' engagement with their studies, their interaction with their teachers and their satisfaction with their experience.

This is the sixth year that The Journal and THE have published U.S. university rankings; JHU ranked 11th and 12th in the 2021 and 2020 rankings, respectively. It ranked No. 21 in 2019, No. 17 in 2018, and No. 13 in 2017.

The university also ranked No. 9 on latest U.S. News and World Report Best College rankings, released Sept. 13. Earlier this month, Johns Hopkins was ranked No. 13 globally and No. 10 in the U.S. by Times Higher Education, a list compiled using a different methodology than the U.S. list by comparing global research-intensive institutions on teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.