The school will be seeking to maintain its top ranking next year with a new president for the first time in 15 years. President Robert Zimmer announced earlier this year that he will step down next June, sooner than expected, and take a newly created role as chancellor after surgery this year removed a malignant brain tumor.
Meanwhile, its private counterpart north of the city, Evanston-based Northwestern, hung onto a tie for No. 9 with John Hopkins University in Maryland and California Institute of Technology. The University of Notre Dame in Indiana, dropped to No. 19 from its slot