Stevens was the third highest ranked national university in New Jersey after Princeton University at number 1 and Rutgers University at 70th.
Stevens shared its position in the ranking with nine other institutions, including Marquette University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Delaware.
U.S. News & World Report ranks schools on up to 16 “indicators of academic excellence,” but how exactly they are weighted is a closely held secret. Well-known factors considered include freshman retention rate, acceptance rate, and median SAT scores.
Though the U.S. News rankings have been criticized as subjective and some schools elect not to participate, they are generally a good indicator of a school’s prestige.
At Stevens’ 144th Convocation last week, President Nariman Farvardin said the incoming Class of 2018 was also the most academically distinguished class his school has ever admitted. The median SATs of students entering Stevens have increased 50 points in the past three years.
Farvardin also mentioned that graduate applications to Stevens have increased by 58 percent in the past three years.