In most college ratings guides, Harvard, Yale, and the other Ivies are typically at the top of the list. But in a new report card from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the best colleges in the United States are Texas A&M University, the University of Arkansas, Baylor University, and Brooklyn College and Hunter College of the City University of New York.
The council gives its best rating only to colleges that require students to take courses in seven key subjects: composition, literature, foreign languages, U.S. history, economics, mathematics, and science. Ivy League schools Yale, Brown, and Cornell all received a grade of F. Harvard earned a D.
Among the historically black colleges and universities surveyed by the council, Florida A&M University and Grambling State University in Louisiana received a grade of B. Howard University earned a C grade.