A New Jersey university has been named the top school in the country by U.S. News & World Report in their 2018 report of America's best colleges. The annual ranking was released Tuesday and has Princeton University in the No. 1 spot, followed directly by Harvard. The rankings are determined by a number of factors, including campus life, range of academic offerings, sports, activities and the availability of financial aid.. (You can read the full methodology on the U.S. News & World Report's website.) The report is intended to help parents and students easily compare schools and make well-informed decisions about higher education. Take a look at the top 20 universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, below.