Friday, August 22, 2014
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America’s smartest colleges revealed: Did your alma mater make the grade?

Harvard University.
Harvard University.

Think Harvard or Yale ranks number one? Think again.

Dr. Daniel A. Sternberg, Ph.D and his fellow data scientists at brain training company Lumosity recently unveiled their first list of America’s Smartest Colleges. Instead of using traditional college ranking methodologies, which depend heavily on standardized test scores and non-cognitive metrics (such as student faculty rations and capital endowment rates), the Lumos Lab team based results on rankings from over 70,000 college students at 456 universities who played Lumosity cognitive training games. These games challenged five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving.

So, who took the top spot?

Washington University ranked number one with Massachusetts Instution of Technology following closely behind. Harvard and Yale, the anticipated winners, ranked nine and ten on the list.

Here is a complete list of the Top 50: 

1. Washington University in St Louis
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3. Princeton University
4. Northwestern University
5. Carnegie Mellon University
6. University of Chicago
7. Rice University
8. Harvard University
9. Yale University
10. Dartmouth College
11. Tufts University
12. Stanford University
13. Georgetown University
13. University of Notre Dame
15. University of Virginia
16. Duke University
17. Bucknell University
17. Vanderbilt University
19. College of William and Mary
19. Boston College
21. Bowdoin College
22. Johns Hopkins University
23. Cornell University
23. University of California-San Diego
23. Georgia Institute of Technology
26. Columbia University
27. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
28. Boston University
29. Wheaton College (IL)
30. Case Western Reserve University
31. Trinity College
31. University of California-Berkeley
31. University of Southern California
34. University of Pennsylvania
34. Brown University
36. Washington and Lee University
36. Colorado School of Mines
38. Lafayette College
38. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
40. University of the Pacific
41. The College of New Jersey
41. Colgate University
43. University of Richmond
44. Brandeis University
44. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
46. Bethel University
47. Villanova University
47. The University of Texas at Austin
49. Oberlin College
49. Lehigh University

Hannah Dreyfus
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