College and University Rankings
Last updated on September 12, 2012
College and university rankings have received a good deal of attention in recent years. While the media outlets and other organizations that develop these rankings often collect useful data, controversy has arisen over how that data is aggregated and weighted to create a final ranking.
In some cases, those methods have changed from year to year, causing an institution’s ranking to rise or fall with little change in the underlying data. Prospective students and parents should consider rankings in that context, and look beyond them to the university’s academic program, culture and opportunities for enrichment. A successful education depends more on finding an institution that best fits a student’s needs and goals than upon any statistical formula.
- National Research Council Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs (September 28, 2010)
- U.S. News; Best Graduate Schools (April 2009)
- U.S. News & World Report; America's Best Graduate Schools 2009 (March 2008)
- PhDs.org; Graduate School Guide
- Top LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities (August 2012)
- Reform Judaism Magazine: The Top 60 Schools Jews Choose (October 2011)
Newsweek College and University Rankings (July 2011)
- Most Beautiful Campuses (May 2011)