How does US news rank universities and colleges ?

U.S. News & World Report ranks universities and colleges based on a comprehensive methodology that includes various quantitative and qualitative measures. The key factors and their approximate weights in the rankings are as follows:

  1. Outcomes (40%)
  • Graduation and Retention Rates (22%): Measures the percentage of students who graduate within six years and the percentage of first-year students who return for their second year.
  • Graduation Rate Performance (8%): Compares the actual graduation rates to the predicted rates based on student demographics and institutional resources.
  • Social Mobility (5%): Evaluates the graduation rates of students who received federal Pell Grants.
  • Graduate Indebtedness (5%): Considers the average amount of debt among graduates and the percentage of graduates with debt.

    2. Faculty Resources (20%)

  • Factors include class size, faculty salary, faculty with the highest degree in their fields, student-faculty ratio, and the proportion of full-time faculty.

    3. Expert Opinion (20%)

  • Surveys of top academics such as presidents, provosts, and deans of admissions who rate the academic quality of peer institutions.

    4.Financial Resources (10%)

  • Assesses the average spending per student on instruction, research, student services, and other educational expenditures.

    5.Student Excellence (7%)

  • Includes standardized test scores (SAT and ACT) of admitted students, high school class standing, and the institution’s acceptance rate.

   6.Alumni Giving (3%)

  • The average percentage of alumni who donate to their school, used as an indirect measure of student satisfaction.

These components are combined into a weighted overall score, which determines each institution’s rank. The specific weights and factors can vary slightly between different types of institutions, such as national universities, liberal arts colleges, and regional colleges.

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