WSJ ranks Brown University No. 7
in the nation in 2019 rankings

BROWN UNIVERSITY ranked No. 7 in the nation in the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education's 2019 U.S. College rankings. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY
BROWN UNIVERSITY ranked No. 7 in the nation in the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education's 2019 U.S. College rankings. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

PROVIDENCE – Brown University ranked No. 7 on the Wall Street Journal’s 2019 U.S. College Rankings, released Thursday, the highest of any school in the Providence metropolitan area.

The rankings were based on several metrics, which were collated into four categories: Outcomes, resources, engagement and environment. The Wall Street Journal creates the rankings in collaboration with the Times Higher Education. Harvard University ranked No. 1 this year.

  • Outcomes was the measurement of graduation rate, value added to graduate salary, academic reputation and value added to loan default
  • Resources accounts for finance per student, faculty per student and research papers per faculty
  • The engagement ranking measured student engagement, student recommendations, interaction with teachers and students, and the number of accredited programs
  • Environment was a measure of student diversity, the inclusion of students with lower incomes, and the racial and ethnic diversity of faculty

Brown University ranked No. 15 overall for outcomes, No. 6 in the country for resources as well as engagement, and ranked No. 141 for environment. The school was also determined to have an average net yearly price of $25,264.

The Rhode Island School of Design was the second-highest rated school in the metro area at No. 87 in the country. The Wall Street Journal said the art school ranked No. 92 for outcomes, No. 97 for resources, and No. 309 for environment. The school’s engagement was said to range between No. 601 and No. 800 in the nation.

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Wheaton College was ranked No. 106 in the country this year and No. 3 in the Providence metro, earning a No. 84 ranking for resources, a No. 163 ranking for outcomes, a No. 304 ranking for engagement and a No. 369 ranking for environment.

Bryant University was the fourth-highest ranking school in the metro area at No. 183 in the nation. Bryant was ranked No. 103 for outcomes, No. 350 for resources, No. 459 for engagement and between No. 501 and No. 600 for environment.

Stonehill College ranked No. 192 in the nation and was the fifth-highest rated school in the metro area. Stonehill was ranked No. 124 for outcomes, No. 213 for resources, No. 424 for engagement and ranked over No. 800 for environment.

Behind Stonehill, Providence College ranked the sixth-highest in the Providence metro at No. 200 in the country. PC was determined to rank No. 121 for outcomes, No. 301 for resources, No. 283 for engagement. The school did not rank in the top 800 schools for environment.

Other Providence metro schools 2019 rankings:

Roger Williams University: No. 332

Salve Regina University: No. 390

University of Rhode Island: No. 447

Johnson & Wales University – Providence: Between No. 601 and No. 800

Rhode Island College: Between No. 601 and No. 800

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:  Between No. 601 and No. 800

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.