Local colleges and universities found spots on the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings.

The University of Rochester ranked 34th, Rochester Institute of Technology 97th and St. John Fisher College was 145th among 311 national colleges reviewed. Princeton University was No.1 for the seventh consecutive year.

Among regional universities in the north, SUNY College at Geneseo ranked 11th, while Nazareth College ranked 28th, SUNY College at Brockport ranked 64th. Roberts Wesleyan College was 78th and Keuka College ranked 120th for northern universities. Among the 233 liberal arts colleges, Hobart and William Smith Colleges ranked 64th.
The U.S. News rankings methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – such as graduation and freshman retention rates – which carry the most weight at 30 percent. The top National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges have significantly higher graduation and freshman retention rates than other schools.