U.S. News & World Report College Rankings are Now Available

Posted to Data Sources  |  Nathan Yau

The well-known college rankings are now available for your viewing pleasure. Whether the ranking system is legit or not, I’ll let you be the judge, but I think everyone should take note that UC Berkeley was again the number one ranked public national university and UCLA was ranked number three. Go Calee-forn-ee-ah! In a nutshell, here’s what U.S. News ranks the universities:

  • Peer Assessment – 25%
  • Retention – 20% in national universities and liberal arts colleges and 25% in master’s and baccalaureate colleges
  • Faculty Resources – 20%
  • Student Selectivity – 15%
  • Financial Resources – 10%
  • Graduate Rate Performance – 5%; only in national universities and liberal arts colleges
  • Alumni giving rate 5%

I wonder how much bias is in peer assessment.

Favorites

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year’s post, it was hard …

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.