Duke dropped to ninth in the U.S. News and World Report annual college rankings after being ranked eighth for the past three years.
The new rankings placed the University of Pennsylvania one spot ahead of Duke at eighth. Other changes in the top 10 list included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology moving up from seventh into a tie for fifth place with Columbia University and Stanford University. Additionally, the California Institute of Technology moved back into tenth place after being displaced by Johns Hopkins University last year.
The University didn’t appear at all this year in the “Colleges for Veterans” category, where it placed third one year ago.
The engineering program, based at the Pratt School of Engineering, also received a worse ranking than last year, from 18th to 20th. Duke’s biomedical engineering program declined from third to fourth in the rankings.
However, Duke made improvements in some categories. Last year, Duke ranked 12th on the “Most Innovative Schools” list, but moved up to 10th this year. The University also moved up on the “Undergraduate Teaching” list, where it was 14th last year and now is 10th.
Like last year, Wake Forest University was ranked 27th and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 30th in the listing. UNC was ranked fifth among public schools. Davidson College dropped from ninth to 10th place for National Liberal Arts colleges.