School Ranking

School rankings can help guide your university selection by broadening your search and providing you with more information about U.S. universities. It is important you understand that the scores given to a particular university are subjective and there is no definitive measurement of school quality. You should judge a school based on criteria that is conducive to your goals and learning style.

Source Type of Rank Method Website
U.S. News
  • National Universities
  • Masterís Universities
  • Business Programs
  • Historically Black Colleges
  • Liberal Arts
  • Baccalaureate Colleges
  • Engineering
Seven broad categories: peer assessment; graduation and retention rate; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and, only for national universities and liberal arts colleges, graduation rate performance. The indicators include both input measures, which reflect the quality of students, faculty, and other resources used in education and outcome measures, which capture the results of the education an individual receives. Scores for each measure are weighted as shown to arrive at a final overall score. A detailed explanation of the ranking indicators and methods appears below in our methodology and our definitions of ranking criteria. Visit the Website
Princeton Review
  • Academics
  • Demographics
  • Schools by type
  • Politics
  • Quality of Life
  • Extracurricular
  • Social
Feedback from more than 120,000 students Visit the Website
Business Week
  • Top 20
  • Mid-Atlantic
  • Northeast
  • South
  • Midwest
  • Southwest
  • West
There are five sources for the undergraduate ranking: a student survey, a recruiter survey, median starting salaries for graduates, the number of graduates admitted to 35 top MBA programs, and an academic quality measure. The academic quality measure consists of SAT/ACT test scores for business majors, full-time faculty-student ratios in the business program, average class size in core business classes, the percentage of business majors with internships, and the number of hours students spend preparing for class each week. The test score, faculty-student ratio, and class size information come from a survey to be completed by participating schools; the internship and hours of preparation data come from the student survey. Visit the Website
Open Doors
  • Top 40 International Student population
  • Doctoral/Research Institutions
  • Masters Institutions
  • Baccalaureate Institutions
  • Associates Institutions
  • Specialized Institutions
2007 Institute of International Education data Visit the Website

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