We’re number five!

We’re number five!

MIT is in a five-way tie for fifth place in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 national university rankings. The Institute took the No. 5 spot along with Caltech, Stanford, UChicago, and UPenn. Havard and Princeton tied for the No. 1 spot, followed by Yale in third and Columbia in fourth.

MIT was 7th in the 2011 rankings — also tied with Caltech — but most of the top ten’s rankings fluctuate a little from year-to-year. Harvard has maintained its No. 1 spot since the 2011 rankings.

And while the Institute was not top dog overall, MIT did claim first in many science and engineering graduate school rankings, released earlier this year. USNWR anointed MIT the best engineering school, followed by Stanford and UC Berkeley. MIT was also No. 1 in the science specialties of chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, and physics (some were ties).

Sloan was ranked the third best business school, behind Stanford and Harvard.—Ethan A. Solomon