Brown Ranked Among Best Universities in the Country

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team

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Brown University is ranked as one of the best universities in the country.

According to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Brown is ranked in a tie for the 14th best school in the country among the category "National Universities." Cornell and Vanderbilt are also ranked 14th.

This is the third straight year in which Brown is ranked 14th

“Brown University is a private institution that was founded in 1764. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,926, its setting is city, and the campus size is 146 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Brown University's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 14. Its tuition and fees are $53,419 (2017-18),” wrote U.S. News & World Report about Brown.

Brown’s Rankings

  • #14 (tie) - National Universities
  • #3 (tie) - Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #14 - Best Value Schools
  • #5 (tie) - High School Counselor Rankings
  • #40 (tie) - Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs


Princeton University is ranked number one among National Universities while Harvard held on to second place. The University of Chicago is tied with Yale for third.


RI College Rankings

Providence College was ranked as the number one in the north among Regional Universities for the second straight year.

Bryant University is ranked 10th in the north among Regional Universities after ranking ninth last year.

Salve Regina University and Roger Williams are in a tie for 37th in the north among Regional Universities. Salve Regina was ranked 32nd last year, while Roger Williams was ranked 35th.

The University of Rhode Island is ranked 156th among National Universities after ranking 159th last year.

Johnson & Wales University is ranked 64th in the north among Regional Universities. They were ranked 67th last year.

Rhode Island College’s rank was not published in 2018. They ranked 137th in the north among Regional Universities last year.


Note: New England Institute of Technology is unranked, as is RISD.

Note as to categories: Schools in the National Universities category, such as Brown University and URI, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and Ph.D. programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research. Liberal Arts Colleges are schools like Williams, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study. Regional Universities offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs, and Regional Colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

  • Inside Man

    Russell Carey - A name few outside of Brown’s campus know, but Carey is the power source at the Providence Ivy League institution. 

    Today, his title is Executive Vice President and he has had almost every title at Brown short of President. Carey is a 1991 graduate of Brown and has never left College Hill.

    While Brown’s President Christine Paxson — who is functionally invisible in Rhode Island — is managing alumni affairs and fundraising, Carey is influencing almost everything in Rhode Island.

  • Top Raimondo Appointment

    Nicole Alexander-Scott - MD, MPH, and rock star in the making. As Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, she is fast developing a reputation as someone in the Raimondo Administration who can get things done. Her counsel and leadership on developing a strategy on opioid addiction has been widely been lauded.

    In addition, she has handled the mundane - from beach closings to food recalls - with competency. An expert in infectious disease, it may be time for her to become a strong leader on Zika.

  • The CEO

    Ronald Machtley - Bryant University's President rightfully deserves to be on a lot of lists, but what few understand is that Machtley’s influence extends far beyond Bryant’s campus in Smithfield. Machtley could make this list as a business leader or as a political force as much as for education.

    Machtley is recognized for transforming Bryant University from a financially struggling regional college to a university with a national reputation for business.

    Machtley serves on Amica’s Board and the Rhode Island Foundation, and also serves on the Board of Fantex Brands.

  • Power Broker

    Larry Purtill - While Bob Walsh gets the face time as the Executive Director in the media for the NEA of Rhode Island, NEARI President Purtill tends to be the inside man who gets things done.

    The teachers' largest union is formidable, but is still reeling from the beat down it took when Gina Raimondo’s pension reform cut the benefits of teachers disproportionately over other employee groups. 

    Make no mistake about it - not much happens in education in Rhode Island without Purtill's sign-off.

  • Visionary

    Mim Runey - While Rhode Islanders wait, and wait some more, for development on the 195 land, Johnson and Wale's University's Runey is watching it come to fruition, as JWU is set to open the first completed building on the former Interstate on September 1, when it will host a ribbon cutting for its John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation. 

    Under Runey, JWU continues to establish its foothold as one of the country's top schools for culinary training. Now Runey will oversee the addition of the new building on the old 195 which will house the university's School of Engineering and Design and its biology program. 

    In 2015, students from the School of Engineering & Design participated in the construction of the Holocaust Memorial on South Main Street, a collaboration between the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Holocaust Education Resource Center of Rhode Island.

    A true community partner in every sense, JWU under Runey's watchful eye is expanding to an even greater presence in Providence. 

  • Chairman of the Board

    Edwin J. Santos - The former banker is Chairman of the Board of CharterCare, after having been a top executive at Citizens Bank. He has been a board leader for Crossroads, Washington Trust, Rocky Hill School -- you name it and Santos has helped to lead it.

    His best work to date just might be at CharterCare, where he has helped the once fledgling hospital (Roger Williams Medical Center) into a growing hospital system.

  • Lion Tamer

    Weber Shill - He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of University Orthopedics, or in other words, dozens and dozens of oh-so-confident docs.

    Shill has a background in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the Whitemore School at the University of New Hampshire. Experienced in managing medical groups, but this group is big and influential.



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