Category Archives: Stats and Surveys

Here Are 23 Reasons for College Choice–and a Note on the Honors Option

Editor’s note: The following list comes from a post by college consultant Nancy Griesemer, who writes regular for the Washington Examiner. Read the full post, and consult the always fascinating UCLA Freshman Report for more information. Griesemer notes in her … Continue reading

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National Science Foundation Fellowships 2015: Publics vs. Private Elites

Keeping up with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program grants is an annual project we undertake because the grant stipend, valued currently at $32,000 a year for three years of graduate work plus a separate $12,000 a year … Continue reading

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Note to Parents: Changes in Major, Uncertainty about Careers Are Common

In this age of anxiety about finding a good job after college, many parents are understandably concerned if their sons and daughters haven’t settled on a major in their first year of study, or if they have changed their major … Continue reading

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Gallup and Purdue Study: Well-being for Grads Requires More than Income

What is most important about the “college experience”?  Good grades, of course.  But a recent report finds that the most important elements can be more difficult to measure. Most parents and prospective students place an understandable emphasis on the employment … Continue reading

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Princeton Review: Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan, UT Austin “Great Schools” for Business Majors

The 2015 edition of the Princeton Review takes the most popular college majors and then matches them with the 20 leading universities for those majors, as determined by student surveys and by advisers that the Review uses to assist with … Continue reading

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So Just How Big Are Those Honors Classes, Anyway?

In another post, Honors College, Honors Program–What’s the Difference?, we noted among other things that the average honors class size in public honors colleges is about 19 students per section, and in public honors programs it is about 22 students … Continue reading

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A Methodology Change: We Will Have More Expansive Data for Prestigious Scholarships

All college ranking “systems” receive criticism based on the criteria they use, and our own efforts to evaluate honors colleges and programs have received a fair share of that criticism. One component of our rating system is a measure of … Continue reading

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Michigan, ASU, Rutgers, UT Austin Lead in 2013-2014 Fulbright Student Awards

The major research universities with the most Fulbright Student Award winners for 2013-2014 have been announced, and Michigan, Arizona State, Rutgers, and UT Austin are the leaders among public institutions. Over the last four years, Michigan, Arizona State, and Rutgers … Continue reading

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Now We’ll Be Tracking 75 Honors Programs–and Here They Are!

Editor’s Note: Updated September 17, 2016. Many honors programs offer credit for contract classes, in which honors students earn extra credit for work in non-honors classes. These classes can have a significant impact on the metrics we are using for … Continue reading

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U.S. News 2014 Rankings: Lots of Changes for Public Universities

The U.S. News Best Colleges edition for 2014 is out, and the somewhat obscure changes in the magazine’s methodology this year have wrought many changes in the rankings of major public universities. The 2013 rankings were especially unkind to public … Continue reading

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