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U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings compare US universities and are the famous national university rankings in the US. The rankings are published online and in print every September. The publisher is the American news magazine U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings are designed to help future students choose the right college for them.

Methodology of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

There are altogether seven categories with a total of 15 indicators for the evaluation of all university categories in the Best Colleges Rankings:

  • Academic reputation in Undergraduate-Area (22,5 %)
    • Based on a survey of high-ranking academics such as university presidents, rectors and deans
    • For the National Universities and the Liberal Arts Colleges 2,200 advisors from public and private high schools were also surveyed
  • Share of those who are ye Continue or complete your studies (22,5%)
    • Graduation rate over a period of six years (80%)
    • Proportion of freshmen who continue their studies in the 2nd year of study (20%)
  • Teaching quality (20 %)
    • Seminar size: The highest number of points is awarded for seminars with fewer than 20 students; the universities receive zero points for seminars with 50 participants or more. (40%)
    • Average salary of employees (35%)
    • Proportion of professors with the highest possible qualification in their field (15%)
    • Ratio between employees and students (5%)
    • Share of full-time employees (5%)
  • Selectivity in the selection of applicants (12,5 %)
    • SAT and ACT scores from reading and math (65%)
    • Share of freshmen National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges with a high school degree in the upper 10% of the class or the proportion of freshmen Regional Universities and Regional colleges with a high school degree in the top 25% (25%)
    • Ratio between admitted students and applicants (10%)
  • Budget: As measured by spending per student on seminars, research, student services, and other education-related expenses (10%)
  • Changes in the graduation rate: Difference between the actual and the predicted graduation rate within six years (7.5%)
  • Proportion of the living Alumni with a bachelor's degree, who donate to their former university (5 %)

These indicators are used to determine a ranking that the universities rated as an overall institution. More differentiated ranking views are not available in the freely accessible online version. In order to be able to view them, interested parties must have paid annual access for the US News College Compass apply for.

National Universities Rankings

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No university in the world has produced more Nobel Prize winners: The University of Chicago is always at the top of many rankings.

Centerpiece the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings are the National Universities Rankings. They include universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs and also do research.

The top 10 of the current National Universities Ranking

Other College Contact partner universities in the top 150

Regional Universities Rankings

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Top in the ranking: UCSB not only offers its students a breathtaking campus environment, but also excellent research and high-quality teaching.

To the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings also include the Regional Universities Rankings. Universities that offer many undergraduate courses and a few Masters courses fall into this category. They offer few, if any, opportunities for doctoral studies. The Regional Universities are for the ranking divided into four groups: North, South, Midwest, West. There is one for each of these groups separate ranking.

Top public schools

The Top Public Schools Ranking lists the best state universities from the rankings belonging to the U.S. News & World Report include Best Colleges Rankings. In the ranking of the Top Public Schools from the National Universities Ranking The University of California Berkeley is in first place, closely followed by the University of California Los Angeles in 2. The Top 10 also include the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of California Irvine and the University of California San Diego .

Of course there are also for each of the four regions in the Regional Universities category a top public school ranking. In the ranking for the region west College Contact partner universities are among the top 10.

Top 10 of the Top Public Schools Ranking for the Regional Universities (West)

  • 1st place: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • 2nd place: Western Washington University
  • 3rd place: California State University Long Beach
  • 4th place: California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
  • 5th place: San José State University
  • 6th place: California State University Monterey Bay
  • 7th place: Evergreen State College
  • 7th place: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • 9th place: California State University Chico
  • 10th place: California State University Stanislaus

Further rankings in the context of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

The best colleges rankings also include the Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings as well as the Regional colleges rankings. Liberal Arts Colleges offer almost exclusively courses in Undergraduate-Area and at least 50 percent of graduates graduate in the humanities or natural sciences. To the Regional colleges less than 50 percent of degrees are awarded in these areas. Also Regional colleges mainly offer courses in UndergraduateArea. Your courses may also include courses in GraduateRange include. The Regional colleges are divided into the same groups as the Regional Universities.

In addition, published U.S. News and World Report along with the Best Colleges Rankings yet numerous smaller rankings. However, other methods are used here than in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings.

This is one of the smaller rankings, for example Best Undergraduate Business Programs Ranking, a ranking of the best Business schools in the Undergraduate-Area. It is based on a survey as well as the ranking of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. This introduces the best colleges for Undergraduate-Degree in engineering. Both rankings offer subordinate rankings for individual subjects in the respective areas, such as finance and management or mechanical and chemical engineering. Anyone interested in studying these subjects can get a good picture.

In addition, there will also be a List of universities with the most international students released. The particularly international universities include, for example, Boston University and Northeastern University.

Significance of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

Unlike some other university rankings, the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings do not focus on the area of ​​research. Instead the quality of teaching is in the foreground. This increases the informative value for those who are interested in a semester abroad or a full bachelor's or master's degree in the USA.

The need for annual access to the US News College Compass in order to be able to see differentiated ranking views.

The results of the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings can be just like any other college rankings just as a guide for the study situation at the individual universities. You shouldn't choose a university based on its placement in university rankings alone.

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