Despite continuing, stellar support from America’s high school guidance counselors, the U.S. Military Academy slipped seven spots on this year’s U.S. News Best Colleges rankings for national liberal arts colleges, falling out of a three-way tie for 17th last year and into a three-way tie for 24th with Macalester College of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Scripps College of Claremont, California.
West Point finished second in the service-academy race, with the Naval Academy ranking 13th (down from 12th last year). The schools also finished 1-2 in selectivity: Annapolis accepted just 7.4 percent of its 2013 applicant pool, according to U.S. News, while West Point let in 9 percent. The Air Force Academy was the 10th-toughest liberal arts college for applicants (15.4 percent accepted) and was 27th in the overall rankings.
The academies took the top three spots among high school guidance counselors, with USMA and USNA tying for first in a nationwide survey and Air Force splitting third place with Williams College of Massachusetts, the overall liberal arts rankings champion. They were also 1-2-3 on last year’s list.
U.S. News explains its methodology here. Its rankings don’t account for tuition costs, which may explain why every school aside from the academies in the top 25 comes with a yearly price tag of $44,724 or higher. A student attending either of the schools tied with West Point on the list would shell out more than $47,000 annually.
The list does not include “national universities,” which U.S. News identifies as “schools that emphasize research and offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.” That list had its usual Ivy-colored top three, featuring Princeton, Harvard and Yale, in that order.
Get the full rundown on West Point, at least from the U.S. News perspective, here. Leave your take on the academy’s spot in the rankings in the comments below.