U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities provides a starting point for clients searching for the best academic value for their children.

Nearly 1,800 schools were ranked on 16 measures of academic excellence. Factors such as graduation and retention rates were the most heavily weighted.

The No. 1 one college held onto the top spot for the second consecutive year.

No. 10
California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Calif.
Tuition and fees: $43,362
Enrollment: 2,181
Average freshman retention rate: 97 percent
6-year graduation rate: 93 percent