Yale remains the top university in the United States, according to College Factual, a college choice resource that evaluates more than 1,300 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. to create annual rankings based on quality, value and other factors.

The private school in New Haven, Conn., is followed by Harvard University, which came in at No. 2 for another year, and Princeton University, which rose six spots from its 9th place seat on last year's list. Duke University kept its spot as number four, just ahead of the University of Pennsylvania.

Cornell University, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dartmouth College and the University of Notre Dame round out the top 10.

College Factual's ranking methodology focuses on outcomes such as student loan default rates and early and mid-career earnings from each college, as well as graduation and retention rates.

Check out the top 10 below, and to explore the full list, head over to College Factual.

This story originally appeared on the USA TODAY College blog, a news source produced for college students by student journalists. The blog closed in September of 2017.

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