Friday, June 10, 2011
So, when it comes time to pick a college many people rely on the so called rankings. Unfortunately, they are often no reliable. Below is a list of websites that rank colleges. You should review all of them and not rely on simply one. Note, the commentary is from online universities, a commercial website.
- U.S. News
One of the originals is still the best. With over 25 years of analyzing and reporting on colleges and universities, this publication keeps track of all sorts of schools in addition to ranking them. Along with choices for items such as best liberal arts college and up and coming schools, you can also get profiles on over 1,400 colleges and universities. There are also several blogs to choose from such as Inside the College Rankings and the Student Loan Ranger.
As with the tradition of the magazine, there is nothing cute or jazzy about these college rankings. It is strictly a listing beyond the top 500 of colleges in the U.S. for the current school year. However, those who wish to know the total student population and cost of one year of tuition in one visit will appreciate it. Those interested in statistics on any school that appears on the list can click on it to get information such as student to faculty ratio, graduation rates, financial aid data, and even admissions and athletic data.
- The Princeton Review
Another well-known ranking entity, they survey students as well as others in education to come up with their list. A highlight of the site is being able to choose from rankings by subject such as demographics, town life, schools by type, politics, and others. Clicking under Academics/Administration alone shows you which schools have earned extra credit and which need improvement. However, a subscription is required to view a lot of the material.
This leading publication has also become a go-to service for college rankings. They strive to address the needs of both parents and prospective students. Lists of rankings often include specialized schools such as the most desirable of the smaller universities and best colleges for the service minded. There are also guides for getting into school, along with how to pay for it.
- WSJ College Rankings
See your college or university as a business professional does on this site. Unique rankings, such as the top schools as chosen by recruiters, really show you the real world applications of statistics. Many educational and business experts also stop in to write about how they rank schools and hire students.
- College ProwlerParents will love the academic rankings. Students will enjoy the rankings of attractiveness of their fellow students. Everything in between is also answered on this site that automatically guesses the schools in your area and lists the grades they got. You can also get statistics and information on campus housing, diversity, athletics, and many others.
- Academic Ranking of World Universities
If international university rankings are what you are interested in, click here. In addition to ranking schools in the United States, they also take on colleges across the globe. You can get more information on the top 500 universities in general, or search by best school in math, sciences, engineering, and others.
- College Guide
This site, blog, and ranking system are provided by Washington Monthly. Specialty items such as dropout factories and fastest degrees are often taken on and examined thoroughly. You can also get traditional rankings such as best master’s, baccalaureate, and community colleges.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
Hat Tip: Sir Learnalot's Knowledge Blog