Category Archives: National Rankings

Southeast, West Coast Colleges: Top Public Values in Kiplinger Report

The Kiplinger Best Value College Index methodology emphasizes a “quality” side in relation to the “cost” side of a university. The quality side includes selectivity, retention, and four-year grad rates, while the cost side takes tuition, fees, merit aid, need-based … Continue reading

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Top Honors Programs, Honors Components Only

So, what do we mean by “honors components only”? In our 2016 ratings review, we listed the honors programs and colleges that received an overall five “mortarboard” rating. One component of the rating model used in order to determine the leading … Continue reading

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New U.S. College Rankings: Wall St Journal Partners with Times Highered

Whether we need it or not, there is a new ranking on the scene, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2017. There are some interesting features, and the rankings are certainly worth a look. The rankings combine national … Continue reading

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Average U.S. News Rankings for 126 Universities: 2010-2017

Listed below are the yearly rankings and overall average rankings of 126 national universities that were included in the first tier of the U.S. News Best Colleges from 2010 through 2017. There are 63 public and 63 private universities. As a … Continue reading

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Update No. 3: The 2016 Edition Is Coming Soon, with Important Changes

By John Willingham, Editor The 2016 edition will have a new name– Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of 60 Public University Honors Programs. It is in the final proofing stage now. The goal is to publish in late September. Each … Continue reading

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University of Texas Chancellor Opposes Top 10 Percent Admission Rule

As a former Navy Seal and admiral in command of all U.S. Special Operations forces, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven spent three decades serving and leading the most elite military forces in the world. He has made it clear that … Continue reading

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Poets & Quants Composite MBA Rankings 2015 List 24 Public Programs in Top 50

The annual composite MBA rankings compiled by John A. Byrne at Poets & Quants combines rankings from the “five most influential rankings and weighs each of them by the soundness of their methodologies” in order to yield “a more credible … Continue reading

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Do Elite Colleges Really Offer Better Courses? Probably Yes, in Some Ways

Is it actually worth it, in terms of quality classroom learning, to land a place at an elite college or university? This is a question that many families with highly-talented students ask themselves. If their answer is yes, the result … Continue reading

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We Vote for US News Global Rankings vs Times Higher Ed World Rankings

The annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings have had the strongest presence in the ranking “world” since 2004, but here’s one vote for the U.S. News Best Global Universities rankings being better even though they have been around only … Continue reading

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Alternative U.S. News Rankings 2016

This year’s alternative U.S. News Rankings have a somewhat different take on the rankings. As in the past, we have eliminated all of the “input” measures from the U.S. News Rankings, focusing instead on grad rates, retention rates, class size, … Continue reading

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