NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Citing Rutgers-New Brunswick's highly regarded Graduate School of Education, the high number of doctorate degrees it awards annually and other factors, U.S. News & World Report has placed the state university 63rd on its list of national universities.

Rutgers-New Brunswick actually tied for 63rd with two other northeast schools, Penn State and Connecticut.

Another New Jersey school, Princeton, finished first in the ranking of national universities. It was followed by Harvard, Columbia, MIT and Yale.

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Rutgers placed 62nd out of more than 300 national universities in the news magazine’s 2019 annual rankings and 56th in 2018.

According to the 2020 rankings released on Monday, Rutgers is No. 23 among public schools, 35 for best colleges for veterans, 155 in total value schools and 59 in top performers on social mobility.

For the 36th annual rankings, U.S. News & World Report measured several factors, including student-faculty ratio and the average federal loan debt of graduates.

According to the news magazine, data used in these rankings pertain to fall 2019 and earlier. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic could not impact the data schools submitted to U.S. News.

“Nonetheless, to account for the huge disruption to higher education, we re-introduced test-blind schools in the rankings and placed reduced emphasis in the rankings on admissions data and alumni giving data,” the news magazine posted on its website.

Rutgers-Newark ranked 118th (tied with New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Rutgers-Camden 153rd in the ranking of national universities.

Other New Jersey schools to make the list include Stevens Institute of Technology (80), Seton Hall (133), Montclair State (176) and Rowan (187).