When reviewing ranking publications, such as some of those listed below, be aware that
many colleges and independent consultants on high education are critical of the methods
used in ranking colleges and/or in the whole concept of rating schools. Therefore, be
advised that students and parents examine such listings with a critical eye, rather than
view such lists as definitive determinations of quality.
The University of Illinois’ library maintains a webpage of articles that discuss the
“pitfalls of college rankings.” Simply select or type “College rankings bibliography” in
the search bar.
One concept on which virtually all colleges agree is that every student should choose a
school that is a “good fit” for that individual. This “fit” should be based upon a variety of
criteria, including the fact that the school offers the major (s) and also good exploratory
services for the student who is undecided about his/her interests and future
endeavors. Additionally, the student should find the campus and student body of the
college to be appealing that the student’s personality and values.
The following are ranking engines:
Princeton Review---Best 368 colleges
USA Today---National Survey of Student Engagement
US News & World Report’s---Ranking the Colleges
University of Illinois---U.S. college rankings
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s---Best Values in Colleges & Universities