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College and university rankings are lists of institutions in higher education, ordered by combinations of factors. In addition to entire institutions, specific programs, departments, and schools are ranked. Rankings are conducted by magazines, newspapers, websites, governments and academics. Various rankings consider measures of research excellence and/or influence, student choices, eventual success and/or demographics, on surveys, and others


The problem with the 2018 U.S. News rankings: Junk in, junk out
Washington Post  - Sep 12, 2017
U.S. News & World Report just released its 2018 college rankings, an annual event the magazine holds up as a useful exercise in data collection and numbers crunching. For example, the website says:...
How U.S. News college rankings promote economic inequality on campus
Politico  - Sep 12, 2017
America’s universities are getting two report cards this year. The first, from the Equality of Opportunity Project, brought the shocking revelation that many top universities, including Princeton and Yale, admit more students from the top 1 percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined:...
How to Use the U.S. News College Rankings
The College Solution Blog -- Cappex - Mar 24, 2017
Many teenagers and parents consider U.S. News' college rankings to be the Bible for academic quality. Detractors, who primarily come from academia, have criticized the popular rankings as a flawed and superficial way to measure colleges... ...
Kiplinger's Best College Values
Kiplinger - Dec 12, 2016
Compare the 200 top values in liberal-arts colleges or private universities, or create your own custom lists of colleges from our rankings or schools from a particular state. Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by cost and financial-aid measures. ...
The New Wall Street Journal College Rankings vs. MONEY’s Own
TIME - Sep 28, 2016
Different "best" lists reflect differences in methodology and philosophy. The Wall Street Journal’s new college rankings, which focus on student experience and alumni success (after accounting for the student body’s demographics), give the highest marks to many “elite” private colleges.. ..
And The Winner Is...College Rankings Mimic The Emmys
Forbes  - Sep 20, 2016
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy Sunday night for her leading role in the comedy “Veep.” She beat out Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurie Metcalf ...
Best universities in the world: UK tops league table
The Week  - Sep 22, 2016
The University of Oxford has become the first UK institution to lead the annual Times Higher Education rankings, knocking the five-times champion, the California Institute of Technology, into second place. ...
2017 US News College Rankings: Do colleges still care?
The Christian Science Monitor - Sep 13, 2016
US News and World Report has been ranking colleges for more than 30 years. But after decades of competition, criticism, and debate, do the rankings still matter to the students colleges hope to attract?. ..
Why College Rankings Are a Joke
New York Times  - Sep 18, 2016
Shortly before the newest U.S. News & World Report college rankings came out last week, I got a fresh glimpse of how ridiculous they can be — and of why panicked high school seniors and their status-conscious parents should not spend the next months obsessing over them.. ..
Here are RateMyProfessors.com's top universities, professors based on student reviews
USA Today - College  - Sep 15, 2016
Having the right professor could potentially make or break your academic experience, not to mention your grade. So before solidifying academic schedules, college students tend to shop around to find who the best professors at their university really are. ..
New College Rankings Are Out: NPR Ed Rates The Rankings!
NPR.org  - Sep 13, 2016
College presidents from High Point, N. C., to Laie, Hawaii, are sitting up a little straighter, because the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings are out today. Published every year since 1983, they've become perhaps the most famous and influential college rankings. But they're no longer the only game in town.. ..
US News College Rankings 2016
US News  - Sep 13, 2016
U.S. News provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. From National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges to A-Plus Schools for B Students, find the right one for you.. ..
The 2016 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings are Out!
Washington Monthly  - Aug 29, 2016
The Washington Monthly magazine today is releasing its annual College Guide and Rankings, an increasingly influential alternative to U.S. News & World Report’s much-criticized college rankings. ..
From Food to Financial Aid: Princeton Review's Best Colleges for 2017
NBC News  - Aug 30, 2016
Academics are important — but there's so much more to college than what you learn in the classroom. That's why the Princeton Review has come up with 62 lists for their Best Colleges 2017 edition, covering everything from schools with the best campus food to the ones that offer the best financial aid..
How the New Princeton Review College Rankings Compare to MONEY’s
TIME - Aug 30, 2016
As tuition has risen, parents and students have increasingly focused on finding affordable colleges that deliver real value for the money. That’s why MONEY, for example, ranks the best value colleges in the U.S., and offers additional financially oriented rankings such as the best private colleges for merit aid. ..
College Rankings Should Include Campus Safety
TIME  - Apr 7, 2016
Students and their parents have a right to know. It’s college acceptance season. Millions of students are now weighing their options about where to spend the next four years of their lives. As they do, they will likely turn to premier college rankings guides such as The Princeton Review, ...
New Ranking Reveals Colleges With Best Bang for Your Buck
NBC News  - Feb 2, 2016
With an average yearly cost of $19,548 for a public school and $43,921 for private, college is a major investment. But unlike most investments parents and students will make in their lifetimes, the return is uncertain....
Best College Value Rankings
Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Dec 16, 2015
We name the 300 best values among public and private schools, based on quality and affordability. When it comes to finding the right college for your child and the best value for your family, figuring out which schools deserve a closer look can be half the battle. With so many variables to consider, it's crucial to start your search with a healthy array of options...
Finding the right college for you: No thank you, U.S. News’ rankings
Los Angeles Times - Dec 15, 2015
Princeton, Harvard, Yale—these three colleges will be getting even more recognition this upcoming year due to the release of the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 list of best colleges. With college application season ...
New study ranks the colleges that produce the highest paid graduates
PBS.org - NewsHour - Dec 7, 2015
A new study released Tuesday by Georgetown University ranks 1,400 four-year colleges and universities by how much money students earn ten years after starting classes....
How College Rankings Limit Innovation in Higher Education
Forbes - Dec 7, 2015
Last month I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ricardo Azziz, former president of Georgia Regents University, about the US News and World Report (USNWR) higher education rankings....
College Rankings Fail to Measure the Influence of the Institution
New York Times - Oct 2, 2015
Students, parents and educators increasingly obsessed with college rankings have a new tool: the Obama administration’s College Scorecard. The new database focuses on a college’s graduation rate, graduates’ median earnings 10 years after graduation and the percentage of students paying back their college loans...
The top 25 universities (and junior colleges) — rated by you
USA Today - Oct 2, 2015
Ratemyprofessors.com, the website that lets us do the judging, has released its annual lists of highest-rated professors, schools and hottest professors in the U.S. — all calculated from user-submitted information...
College Rankings 2016: Top US Universities Announced For US News & World Report's Annual List
IB Times - Sep 9, 2015
U.S. News & World Report released its annual "Best Colleges" report Wednesday, whittling down more than 1,300 of the country's academic institutions to a definitive ranking of the 2014-15 year....
The U.S. News and World Report college rankings: A public vs. private dilemma
Washington Post - Sep 9, 2015
There was a time in the 1980s when the University of California at Berkeley was deemed a top-five national university on the most prominent annual ranking in higher education, up there with Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. No longer....
9 Ways to Find the Best College for You
TIME - Sep 9, 2015
Build your own personalized college rankings using these important criteria. Lots of magazines and websites publish lists of the “best colleges.” But those general purpose rankings may not put enough emphasis on the factors that are most important for y...
Introduction: A Different Kind of College Ranking
Washington Monthly - Aug 25, 2015
Two years ago this month, President Barack Obama made a bold promise: Starting with the 2015-16 academic year, his administration would rate every college and university in America. ..
The Colleges Where Students Most Want To Go In 2015
Forbes - Aug 20, 2015
This spring, Harvard announced that it had admitted just 1,990 students from its record-high applicant pool of 37,509. That means only 5.3% of those who applied got in, including the 977 students given seats in the early action pool...
America’s 32 WORST Colleges PERIOD In 2015 When You Consider Absolutely Everything That Matters
Daily Caller - Aug 24, 2015
The Daily Caller has already provided the epoch-making list of the best colleges in America for 2015 when you consider absolutely everything that matters...
'Top Colleges' guide ranks everything: from best dorms to most queer-friendly
NBC News - Today Show - Aug 11, 2015
You don't have to be best at everything, to be best at something. That goes for colleges, and is the thinking behind the Princeton Review's annual Best Colleges guide, which offers its most recent edition, "The Best 380 Colleges," starting today. ...
2016 Best Colleges Rankings Coming Sept. 9
US News - Aug 19, 2015
U.S. News will release updated rankings of top schools nationwide, as well as a new Most Innovative Schools ranking....
A new ranking of college superstars
CBS News - MarketWatch  - May 1, 2015
These schools -- even the ones you've never heard of -- emerged as superstars in a promising new college ranking system that the Brookings Institution rolled out this week....
Why You Should Never Rely on College Rankings
Cheat Sheet  - May 5, 2015
College rankings are tricky. Everyone who puts together a list looks at different factors and uses a unique methodology to come up with a list of schools that are supposedly better than all the rest. ....
2015 ‘up-and-coming’ colleges and universities
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Mar 11, 2015
For seven consecutive years, U.S. News has asked college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans to nominate up to ten colleges “…worth watching because they are making promising and innovative changes.. ...
Colleges Where Graduates Get The Most Bang For Their Buck
Huffington Post  - Mar 5, 2015
While graduates of engineering and Ivy League schools tend to make the largest amount money, graduates of public schools are more likely to have a higher annual percentage of return on investment, a new report from PayScale shows...
Ranking the 50 most 'underrated' colleges in the U.S.
USA Today  - Feb 10, 2015
When it comes to picking a college, prospective students should keep in mind that some schools aren’t getting the grades they deserve. ...
Top Liberal Arts Colleges Where Accepted Students Usually Enroll
US News - Jan 30, 2014
College is still seen by many as the gateway to living the American dream, but prospective students sometimes don't choose to go or are unable to attend....
Federal College Ratings: Three Modest Steps
Washington Monthly - Jan 31, 2014
Having worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and at the Education Department I know how frustrated policy makers can get with higher education’s insistence that taxpayers should just trust that colleges are doing the best job they can and should be left alone.....
Best Value colleges generous with financial aid
USA Today - Jan 28, 2014
Some of the lowest tuition and best financial aid for prospective college students are offered by some of the most academically demanding institutions, The Princeton Review says in annual rankings released today.....
Is the Term “College Ratings” Toxic?
Washington Monthly - Jan 16, 2014
In what will come as a surprise to few observers, much of the higher education community isn’t terribly fond of President Obama’s plan to develop a college ratings system for the 2015-16 academic year.....
New study quantifies impact of ratings
The Hechinger Report - Jan 16, 2014
Being named a top party school by the Princeton Review could cost a university an 8 to 9 percent decline in the percentage of out-of-state students who enroll......
Colleges with top four-year graduation rates
DC College Admissions Examiner - Jan 22, 2014
If you’re under the impression that college is a four-year proposition, one of the scarier numbers in postsecondary education might be the national “six-year” college graduation rate.....
Best Values in Public Colleges, 2014
The Star-Ledger  - Dec 11, 2013
lot has changed since Kiplinger’s began ranking best-value public colleges in 1998. Back then, total in-state costs—tuition, fees, room and board—rarely topped $10,000. Out-of-state price tags almost always came in below $20,000. And college value was a side topic (for everyone except Kiplinger’s) instead of a national conversation ..
Colleges Pay Attention: How Do Top Ten Rankings Influence Applications?
ScienceDaily  - Dec 10, 2013
Ranked lists are everywhere. If you want to pick out a college, restaurant, hotel, or doctor, chances are there's a Top 10 list that can tell you which ones are the best. ..
10 Colleges Where Graduates Have a Low Average Debt Load
US News  - Dec 10, 2013
"The national share of seniors graduating with loans rose in recent years, from 68 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in 2012, while their debt at graduation increased by an average of six percent per year," . ..
The 25 Colleges With The Worst Return On Investment -- An Update
Forbes - Nov 12, 2013
In August I wrote a story that attracted a lot of readers, about the 25 American colleges with the worst return on investment. The data came from Payscale, a salary listing website. Now it turns out that some of the data was faulty...
Rating President Obama's College Ratings
Forbes - Oct 28, 2013
Finding the right college is complicated enough for well-prepared students from middle- or upper-class families with a history of college education. If you’re a low-income student, the first in your family to attempt college, ...
How to Grade Colleges
Kiplinger.com - Oct 28, 2013
Beginning in 1999, Kiplinger’s has published the best values in private colleges and universities. This year, our lists take on special significance. President Obama recently proposed tying federal financial aid to colleges’ performance, based on a ratings system that would let students and families select schools that provide the best value. ...
Lists That Rank Colleges’ Value Are on the Rise
New York Times - Oct 28, 2013
FLooking out over the quadrangle before him as students dashed from one class to the next, James Muyskens was feeling proud one recent afternoon, and why not? ...
“Bang for the Buck” and the Future of College Rankings
Washington Monthly - Oct 28, 2013
The New York Times has an interesting piece today featuring one part of our annual college guide, the ranking of the country’s best “Bang for the Buck” colleges, institutions that deliver the most to students for the least money. ...
Best Values in Private Colleges, 2014
Kiplinger Personal Finance - Oct 21, 2013
Washington and Who? If you don’t hail from the South, you may be unfamiliar with Washington and Lee University. But this pint-size liberal arts college is making a name for itself as an outsize undergraduate value. ...
College rankings more important than ever
CBS News MoneyWatch - Oct 21, 2013
(MoneyWatch) Although critics disparage the college rankings as flawed and elitist, a growing number of students seem to be relying on them to help with their college picks...
NACAC Takes Issue With US News College Rankings
Say Campus Life - Sep 24, 2013
US News & World Report has long published its own college ranking system, a much referenced if not controversial way to rate colleges and universities. US News’s methodology has been called useless by some and tripe by others.....
Princeton Review names best entrepreneurial colleges
USA Today - Sep 23, 2013
According to a survey of 2,000 undergraduate and graduate business schools, Babson College has the best undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country, while the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor tops the graduate school list.....
Ranking the college rankings: What should they actually tell us?
McClatchy Washington Bureau - Sep 23, 2013
BOSTON — President Barack Obama wants Washington to grade colleges and universities based on their costs and success rates, but some people are already way ahead of him.....
Comparing the US News and Washington Monthly Rankings
Washington Monthly - Sep 14, 2013
In today’s post, I compare the results of the U.S. News rankings to those from the Washington Monthly rankings for national universities and liberal arts colleges ranked by both sources.....
New Metric for Colleges: Graduates’ Salaries
New York Times - Sep 14, 2013
U.S. News & World Report released its eagerly anticipated annual rankings of universities and colleges this week, and two of the usual suspects — Princeton University and Williams College — came out on top. Prospective students and their parents can evaluate these institutions on a variety of measures deemed important by U.S. News.....
Best College Rankings and Lists
US News & World Report - Sep 10, 2013
Use our exclusive rankings to find the best college for you. The US News search tool will help you narrow your search to find the perfect college. ...
Why U.S. News' college rankings hurt students
CBS News MoneyWatch - Sep 10, 2013
(MoneyWatch) U.S. News & World Report released its college rankings at midnight and, as usual, there was no suspense in which university was crowned No. 1. ...
Why U.S. News college rankings shouldn’t matter to anyone
Washington Post - Sep 10, 2013
Another year, another set of college rankings from U.S. News & World Report, another opportunity to explore what value the most closely watched “best school” lists actually offer to students and families. Not much, if any. ...
Breaking Down the 2014 US News Rankings
Washington Monthly - Sep 11, 2013
Yesterday was a red-letter day for many people in the higher education community—the release of the annual college rankings from U.S. News and World Report. While many people love to hate the rankings for an array of reasons (from the perceived focus on prestige to a general dislike of accountability in some sectors) ...
Preview: Methodology Changes for 2014 Best Colleges Rankings
US News & World Report - Sep 3, 2013
The 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings will launch on usnews.com on Tuesday, Sept. 10. For these new rankings, we made significant changes to the methodology to reduce the weight of input factors that reflect a school's student body and increase the weight of output measures that signal how well a school educates its students. ...
The 2013 College Guide Is Here
Washington Monthly - Aug 26, 2013
The 2013 Washington Monthly college rankings are out. This is our answer to U.S. News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige (basically how fancy they are) for its rankings.....
Colleges with the best value? New rankings upend conventional wisdom (+video)
Christian Science Monitor - Aug 27, 2013
Quick, what's the top national university? Harvard? Princeton? Instead, try the University of California in San Diego. A set of college rankings released this week by Washington Monthly uses a different sort of metrics than, say, the more familiar kind used by U.S. News & World Report......
Navigating the College Search Beyond Rankings
Huffington Post - Aug 12, 2013
The Princeton Review just released its annual College Rankings Lists. Their 62 categories cover everything from "Best Value" to "Top Party Schools." When it comes to doing your own college research, there are many factors to consider.....
America's Top Colleges 2013
Forbes - Aug 12, 2013
Do college rankings matter? With the price of a four-year education approaching a quarter million dollars, it’s worth paying attention.,.....
Her Campus's 2013 College Rankings
HuffingtonP ost - Aug 19, 2013
Here at HC, we’re plugged into what’s going on at colleges across the country. With a team of more than 3,000 students at more than 200 colleges and universities contributing to our site, .....

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